Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Beauty of Natural Light

Monet spent his life studying light and its effect on landscape.  In design, light has the power to impact us emotionally and physically.  The multitude of white or light surfaces in this bathroom allows the natural light to bounce around the room making this space feel clean, organized and cheerful.

Because we use bathrooms for different tasks, we need different types of lighting.  The lighting on a mirror is primarily used for makeup or shaving.  Ideally fixtures should be mounted on either side of a central mirror. This allows for light to be evenly distributed across your face. The fixtures should be mounted at eye level and approximately 36–40" apart. This helps to eliminate shadows under the eyes and chin.

When installing fixtures on either side of the mirror is not optimal due to size and installation constraints, the next best option is to install fixtures directly over the vanity (approximately 75–80" above the floor). In certain cases, horizontal fixtures can be used in conjunction with the vertical lights to give additional overall illumination to the space.

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