Creating a well-lit bathroom free of harsh lines and glare can pose a challenge. Restroom spaces are typically tight-spaced environments flooded with mirrors and other reflective surfaces. Additionally, in the era of the notorious "bathroom selfie," lighting has become a critical design factor, contributing to guests’ overall experience and impression of the brand they are patronizing.
Here’s a round-up of exceptional commercial bathrooms where interior design and lighting design work together to create “selfie moments”.
Exhibit A: Floating in the Light
Soft, Warm, and Evenly Diffused Illumination
It's a well-known fact that lighting that closely resembles natural sunlight is flattering, making it an ideal choice for a restroom where occupants tend to makeup and grooming. Natural sunlight is ideal, but when it's overcast, or in this case, if the bathroom is a windowless room, designers can use light to create the look and feel of an open space.
In this example, flexible light installed beneath the vanity reflect off the highly polished floor, transforming the heavy look of the vanity and lending a sense of airiness. Ambient light casts a veil of warmth over bathroom visitors, producing a healthy glow worthy of sharing on the socials.
Exhibit B: The Jewel Box
Luxurious Mood Lighting
Bright light isn’t the only way to go when designing amazing bathrooms; moody lighting is perfect for nightlife restrooms as it produces a sense of mystery and sophistication. In this upscale club’s bathroom, low wattage linear LED fixtures gently illuminate walls covered in gold foil.
The vertical LEDs behind the vanity mirrors creates a flattering, shadow free glow for people freshening up before returning to the party. Lighting does double duty, enhancing the luxurious wallcovering and beautifying the people occupying the space, perfect for a status boosting selfie.
Exhibit C: Cinematic Selfie
An Immersive Experience Through Design and Light
Who says multi-stall commercial lavatories need to be utilitarian? Our final example proves these spaces can be cool enough to warrant a selfie. In this tangerine dream, a playful mix of graphic wallcovering and linear LED lighting creates a dramatic 60's mod environment.
Linear fixtures wash the top of the room, highlighting the abstract detailing of the wallpaper and avoiding the dreaded spotlight effect on stall occupants – which happens more frequently than not in these settings. High CRI LEDs allow the unique colors of the space to pop, creating an immersive cinematic experience perfect for an artistic selfie.