It is a challenge to get the right kind of rustic bathroom lighting ideas, but it is not impossible if you have your basics covered well.
Rustic bathroom lighting is not all about aesthetics. It should also provide a welcoming feeling, comfort, and ease. Adequate light helps to complete any tasks you may have around your home.
Your farmhouse or country-style bathroom is ideal for rustic bathroom lighting. It is like bringing in the look and feel of the countryside into your bathroom. While doing this, one should be careful not to bring in too much brightness. The lighting should be just enough to complement the flow of the natural light through your windows or skylights. It should have a muted effect. While choosing the strength of the bulb, one should focus on the warmth and glow instead of the brightness.
The use of hand-cut or crafted and traditional materials like wood or oil-rubbed bronze, are some of the best choices for rustic bathroom lighting fixtures. Usage of metal fixtures is quite common in bringing out the rustic finish and the antique look. It should also complement and be in sync with the bathroom accessories, faucets, cabinetry, wall color, tiles, etc.
Now we will take a close look at some of the best and unique rustic bathroom lighting ideas which are both timeless and contemporary.
1. Vanity Lights
The counter and the mirror are the most important focus areas of the bathroom. Use of vanity lights or vanity bars, highlights these two focal points of a rustic bathroom. Vanity lights are fixed on the wall above the mirror highlighting the sink area. As mentioned earlier it not only adds to the decoration, but helps in dressing up properly with the right illumination. Rustic vanity light provides the right amount of light needed to make you feel at peace with your surroundings and bring in a sense of calm within you.
The following tips will help you to make the correct selection of the lighting fixtures before purchasing it
2. The direction of Light: There are few things to keeping in mind when it comes to the direction of the light. You can use upward-facing lights if you don’t have ceiling lights to fall upon or there is a considerable gap of your ceiling from the vanity lights. In case you want to have some more light on the sink, mirror and counter area for shaving, handwashing, makeup, and dressing; then it is important keeping to have down-lights, providing that extra bit of illumination to complete the primary tasks mentioned above.
3. Dimension and number of lights: It is vital to see that the size of your vanity lights is not bigger than the size of the mirror. If your mirror is small or narrow then you should go for a single light or double lights hanging on either side of the mirror. In case your mirror is wider, then you can try out three, four, or five light fixtures to put above the mirror, lending some parity. It decides the number of lights we choose. The number of lights can start with one and go anywhere up to more than 10. The height and width can range within 40 inches to 50 inches respectively. Some examples are provided below.
4. Fixture Finish: As mentioned earlier, the finish of your rustic lighting fixture should match the color of the sink area, the counter, the faucets, the cabinets, the wall color and tiles. It should complement the look and feel of other metal fixtures in the bathroom. Metals like iron and bronze as the hardware of your rustic lighting fixture, will go well with the toned-down look of frosted glass, mica diffusers or onyx will add a lot of warmth to your bathroom. Metal fixture finishes come in the form of chrome, polished chrome, nickel, brushed nickel, satin nickel, polished nickel, antique nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, antique bronze, matte black, polished brass, antique brass, gold, silver, pewter, stainless steel, copper, antique copper, natural finish, etc. Images of such fixtures are provided below.
5. Bulb Type: Color temperature is equally important in building up the mood. Using a color temperature of 2700K in your rustic bathroom lighting will feel welcoming. If you are looking for more of a realistic and practical solution, then one can even go in the range of 3700K and above. Some great examples of bulb types that could be used to maintain the color temperature are cited below. Rustic bathroom lighting ideas with different bulbs can give your ideas a unique look.
6. Ventilation: If your bathroom does not receive too much light or is moisture-laden; then damp location rated rustic vanity lamps are suggested for such humid conditions. The exact opposite happens where the bathrooms are well ventilated and get ample sunlight. Here one can use dry location lighting.
7. Shade material: Shade materials can be made up of pure glass, frosted glass, seeded glass, fabric, marbleized, crystal, stained glass, porcelain, shell, etc.
8. Shade Color: Shade colors can be white, grey, silver, yellow, gold, brown, beige, black, multi-color and clear.
9. Barn-Style Pendant Fixture
A barn-style pendant fixture with a LED lamp hanging from the ceiling with focus on the mirror and the sink, is one cool idea. The color of the shade should complement the mood of the bathroom and make you feel at ease. In the image above we can see that the school-bus yellow-colored pendant shade syncs well with the surroundings and makes a bold statement too. Rustic bathroom lighting ideas using bold colors are always worth looking into.
10. Barn Light Sconce
Barn light sconces are used widely as an option in rustic bathrooms.
11. Industrial Barn Light
Industrial style lighting is also used to decorate rustic bathrooms. It is sometimes used to match up to the new accessories and fittings.
12. Wall-Mounted Lanterns
If you have a large mirror then big sized wall-mounted lanterns can be used on either side to balance it out. Rustic bathroom lighting ideas with mirrors can lend a classic look to any space.
13. Outdoor-Style Lantern
If your bathroom is stuffed with outdoor-friendly materials, then outdoor-style lanterns are the correct choice.
14. Light Bulbs and Barn Wood
Encouraged by the surroundings and the countryside; this is one of the most creative hand-crafted rustic designs, which is simple yet very effective. It can be used as vanity lights fitted over the mirror. Rustic bathroom lighting ideas like this can really improve the appearance of a room.
15. Iron buckets and old pipe pendant lamps
This is another decor inspired by scrap and household essentials. This iron bucket and old pipe pendant lights, are nothing short of the work of a creative genius. The inside of the bucket is painted white to get the maximum reflection and glow.
16. Iron Pendant Lamp
An all-black iron pendant lamp hung by a chain over the basin mounted on an unpolished wooden tabletop, enhances the rustic charm.
17. Hinkley Dakota Wall Sconce
This bulb is prepared using cast metal and fitted with clear seedy glass shades. The holder, arm and the backplate are usually made of oil-rubbed bronze or polished antique nickel. To bring in the welcoming effect, a 60 Watt bulb is fitted to get the desired glow.
18. Tole Chandelier
If you are planning to give a sweet look and feel to your bathroom and at the same time look unique; then a painted, enameled and designed chandelier is the right choice for you.
19. Eight Arm Chandelier
If you are looking for a more traditional and antique look to give to your bathroom; then hanging an 8-arm chandelier from the ceiling will serve your purpose.
20. Crystal Chandelier
If you plan to give a sophisticated and elegant outlook to your country-styled bathroom, then hanging a crystal chandelier from your ceiling makes a lot of sense.
21. Cord Pendant
When you want to keep the lighting of your rustic bathroom simple and focus mainly on the simple daily tasks, then you can make use of the bare bulb light hanging from the ceiling. If you want to get an artistic look at the top of it then the Edison variety of bulbs can be used.
22. Brushed Gold Pendant
A geometric brushed gold pendant dropping down from the center of your bathroom ceiling looks charming. A glossy black ceiling will help to highlight it further.
23. Open Lantern and Bronze Mesh Sconces
This design idea should be tried in a bathroom with an all-white background and wooden accents.
24. Milk Glass Sconces
If you have an artistic wallpaper as the background of your rustic bathroom then mounted glass sconces fitted over the mirror and sink area will suit your decoration. Milk glass sconces provide a vintage look to the bathroom.
25. Brass and Glass Sconces
If your bathroom is fitted with old-fashioned or vintage furniture, fittings or faucets; then brass and glass sconces would go very well with it.
26. Chrome and Frosted Glass Sconce
This type of lighting design adjusts very well in bathrooms where you have used more traditional materials like toilet wallpaper as your background, a clean-lined mirror, and wooden cabinets.
27. Pleated Shades and Crystal Sconces
This type of sconce is used mostly in traditional bathroom designs. The can light on the top of the fixtures helps to light up the counter or the sink area and mostly helps in fulfilling daily tasks. The lighting generated by the crystal drops, helps in building up the perfect mood.
28. Copper Pendant
The color of copper matches up very well to a barn farmhouse bathroom. Using a barn-style copper pendant fitted with the right type of bulb, will create a glow inside the bathroom. You can use an extra bulb sconce to focus on the counter and mirror area needed to complete routine tasks.
29. Glass Pendant
Looking for the right blend of the latest and the old; an intelligent use of glass in the form of pendant and sconces will do the job for you.
30. Gilded Sconces
Gilded sconces mounted from the walls and highlighting the sink area are mostly used where space is a constraint and usually, you don’t have a wall over the sink to fix the sconces. A white background enhances the beauty of the sconces and helps to get the maximum glow.
31. All-Brass Sconces
Sconces with an all brass finish, right from the shade, arm, backplate and holder; provide a sophisticated look, especially to your cherry guest bathroom.
32. Nautical Sconces
If you are the owner of a lake house and wish to lend your bathroom a waterside feeling, then the use of nautical sconces against navy blue painted walls, curtains and furniture are just what your bathroom requires.
33. Bronze and Glass Sconces
If your bathroom is fitted with an antique mirror, then dual bronze and glass sconces on either side of this vintage piece will give it an age-old feel. Because the shades are made of clear glass, anyone can use decorated lamps or attractive light bulbs. Edison bulbs may be a better option.
34. Single Vintage Sconce
If you have a really small bathroom, then a single vintage sconce fitted over a vintage framed mirror is enough to provide adequate lighting to fulfill the necessary tasks and at the same time add to the mood. To get the maximum light to bounce back, one can use multiple plane mirrors mounted on the walls surrounding the mirror.
35. Traditional Sconces
If you are looking to keep your traditional, old-time look intact in your bathroom, then using normal shade sconces is suggested. If you want to reinstate the conventional feel and look, then you can add a matching shade chandelier to your bathroom. A good example is seen above in the Large Master Bathroom design by Pankonien Group where we can also see the presence of a wooden ladder in the bathroom which adds to the vintage look.
36. Retro Star Shaped Light
This kind of lighting would go very well with mid-century modern bathroom design. The retro star-shaped flush-mounted ceiling light fixture, fitted with an incandescent Edison bulb will provide the right glow to the bathroom without disturbing much of the surrounding. A great example of such an idea is seen in this decor by Hudson Interior Designs.
37. Wrought Iron Cage Chandelier
If you are fond of black tones and have a bathroom with patterned floor tiles, cabinets, black painted window panes, etc. then using a black wrought iron made chandelier dangling from the ceiling at the center of the bathroom, will lend a classy look to the surrounding. A great example of such a design can be seen here in the Chic Master Bathroom by interior designer Sita Montgomery.
38. Black Iron Sconces
Black Iron Sconces with milk-white shades matches up very well with black mirror casing, fittings, and furniture in an all-white traditional bathroom.
39. Bronze Sconces with White Shades
If your bathroom boasts of pecky cypress paneled walls, an old fashioned vintage pewter sink and a soapstone countertop; then using bronze sconces with milk-white shades will help to add masculine charm.
40. Glass Pendant Light
Bring a spa-like feeling to your bathroom by using a single, simple, clear glass pendant light, to focus on the bathtub. Open wooden shelves mounted on the river rock featured wall, provides a humble ambiance to the area. A good example of the same is well established in this example by Rebecca Hay Interior Design.
41. Glass Insulator Pendant Lights and Wrought Iron Chandelier
This type of lighting goes very well with an all-white traditional farmhouse style bathroom. Though challenging, some intelligent design can provide the adequate light required to light up the surroundings and at the same time, help in completing simple tasks like shaving, washing, grooming, and brushing. Here in the design created by Blackband Design and Home for their Modern Farmhouse Master Bathroom, we see that two old-fashioned glass insulator pendant lights mounted on top of the mirror and sink areas. A wrought iron chandelier is dropping down from the ceiling lends a soft glow to the tub area, while recessed ceiling lights are used to light up the overall bathroom.
42. Copper Cage Style Sconces
These types of lighting fixtures go very well in a bathroom designed to replicate a bathroom of a ship. A classic example can be seen in the above design of a Nautical-Inspired Bathroom by Shop House Design. Here we can see that the copper cage-styled sconces are fixed on either side of the vintage round mirror, which is hung from a rope. A trough sink, shiplap walls, and gooseneck faucets complete the maritime look.
43. Globe Pendant Lights
These type of light fixtures could be used in bathrooms which have a period look to it. Mounted on the wall area over the mirrors, they help to light up the mirrors and the sink area. Here we see a classic example where the interior designer Zoe Feldman has used two globe pendants with milk-white shades. Rustic bathroom lighting ideas like this one offer a classic look.
44. Industry Inspired Lighting
The use of industry styled lighting is quite a popular decor idea for a rustic farmhouse bathroom. Antique brass lamps with jet black shades on the walls light up the mirrors and vanity area. Here in the design by Tiffany Farha, we see a perfect blend of industrial lighting and farmhouse decor.
45. Nickel and Glass Shade
If you are fond of artistic wallpapers designs and have already used them in your bathroom, then you can go for something simple, yet effective when it comes to lighting decor. A light fixture made out of just nickel and a glass shade is ideal. It will not take the focus away from the artistic wallpaper, but at the same time will illuminate the mirror and sink area enough to complete simple tasks. The design above as created by the Katie Rosenfeld Design team, is a perfect example.
46. Brass Pendant Lights
Blue and green colors are common and widely used colors in a bathroom. They are the colors of the sea and it brings that aqua-marine look to your bathroom. A Brass Pendant light hung from the ceiling to illuminate the milk-white sink top, creates an atmosphere of luxury. Match it up with brass faucets and the look is complete. A beautiful example is seen here in the bathroom design created by Annie Downing Interiors.
47. Brass and Glass Faceted Pendant Light
This type of light is ideal for futuristic bathroom designs. It looks cool. In the image above we see how Nicole Davis Interiors have made the perfect use of the beautiful brass and glass faceted pendant light hanging like an ornament from the ceiling, in this ultra-modern bathroom.
48. Black Industrial Task Light
A black industrial task light can enhance the rustic look of a bathroom. It lends a retro look to the surroundings. The bathroom design seen above from The Pankonien Group is a perfect example of the use of black industrial task light.
49. Brass Shade Pendant
The intelligent use of metals in a traditional all-white farmhouse bathroom provides a sleek look. A brass shade pendant hung from a white painted ceiling and surrounded by pure white walls completes the cool look. The above design from Mill Haven Homes provides an ideal example.
50. Pearl Chandelier
This type of light fixture is exactly what you need to provide a rustic touch to your beach house bathroom. The shiny shells of the pearl chandelier help to spread the light in such a fashion that it creates a soothing effect on the area. The Beach House Bathroom design by Blackland Home and Design, as shown above, provides the exact example.
51. 19th Century Pendant Lantern
Pendant light made out of a 19-Century lantern provides that essence of old times. Here in this design from the master bathroom of Paris pied-à-terre, we can see the pendant hanging from the center of the bath gives it a retro look and also helps to illuminate the complete surroundings, giving a surreal feeling.
52. Vintage Italian Chandelier
If you can get your handa on an antique Italian chandelier, then you can recreate the good old times and turn back the pages of history. Hang it from the ceiling of a wooden beam at the center will help the light spread across the room uniformly. Getting hold of an antique bathtub will further enhance the rustic charm. The above design by Courtnay Daniels Haden for Alice Childress and Christopher Daniels’s downtown Manhattan loft bathroom, is the best in business.
53. Cottage Lighting
A simple flush-mounted ceiling light is the ideal candidate for lighting up your cottage bathroom.
54. Spherical Chandelier
Spherical chandelier flush-mounted at the center of the bath shining over an antique bathtub creates the vintage countryside ambiance to your bathroom.
55. Low Hanging Lamp
A simple low hanging lamp with an all-black shade, arm, and back plate fitted to an all-white wall complements very well with a country-style bathroom. An example of such a light fixture can be seen above in the bath designed by Darryl Carter.
56. Farmhouse Scones
These types of sconces are fitted on both sides of the mirror to illuminate the mirror and sink.
57. Glass Star Pendant
A glass star pendant hung over the bath area helps to keep things down-to-earth yet stylish. Rustic bathroom lighting ideas like all of the above, can really improve the look of a bathroom.
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