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  • 3 Contemporary Bathroom Lighting Ideas


    (A member of the Euro Style Lighting team recently wrote this about his adventures in remodeling his bathroom and what he learned along the way -- we hope you enjoy it!)

    "Before" image of a bathroom

    For years, my wife has been complaining about the master bathroom. She said it felt like a dimly lit yellow cave, and joked that I kept it that way to hide "mistakes" I made when relieving myself late at night.

    Besides tearing out the sunflower-spotted linoleum tiles and 1970's mustard colored walls, I had to find contemporary bathroom lighting we could both agree on.

    During my trial-by-fire lighting education, I discovered three main elements of bathroom lighting design, which I'll kindly lay out for you.

    The Art of Accent Lighting

    After some hardware store browsing, I learned pretty quickly what makes a stylish washroom shine.

    To accentuate the curves of the washbasin, shower fixtures and tiles, you will need well-placed accent lighting. These can be in addition to a main ambient lighting fixture, but I chose to use all three elements as my primary light source.

    1. Bathroom Wall Sconces

    (L) Minka Etched Opal Glass Wall Sconce with a Satin Nickel Finish

    (R) Natalya Bubble Glass Tube LED Contemporary Wall Sconce

    Get a few decorative bathroom wall sconces to accentuate the tiles and fill in the shadows caused by your ambient bathroom light fixture. Sconces come as single lamps that shine light up, down, or both.

    2. Vanity Lights

    Wave Etched Opal Glass Bath Fixture in Satin Nickel

    A flawless vanity mirror over a fine porcelain washbasin is nothing without a little vanity lighting. These are the bathroom light fixtures that go over top of the mirror or on either side.

    Choosing a diffused white light is essential for these applications -- unless you like the look of yellow teeth and deep wrinkles staring back at you!

    3. Bath Bar Lights

    (L) Vienna Full Spectrum Cesenna Chrome Bath Light

    (R) Possini Euro Modern Lilypad Etched Glass Bath Fixture

    If your bathroom has a bathtub separate from the shower, invest in some intimate bath bar lighting.

    These fixtures consist of tiny sconces mounted along a track that is affixed to the wall. The effect is similar to candles, and provides an intimate, subdued illumination while you're soaking in the tub.

    These work best on a low voltage dimmer, allowing you to enhance the mood in your bathroom and further simulate the candlelight effect

    Other Contemporary Bathroom Lighting Considerations

    Some obstacles and happy accidents I learned during this DIY bathroom project:

    • If you have artwork in the bathroom or don't want your white tiles (or teeth) to look yellow, go with LED bathroom lighting.
    • To add "oomph" to your main ambient light, consider cove lighting with simple  LED rope lights around the molded ceiling perimeter.
    • Make sure your electrical outlets include ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI), which are required by law and help prevent electrocution.
    • Ensure fixtures placed less than 6 feet from a bathtub or shower are wet location rated (not to be confused with the less-stringent damp location rating).

    To match the aesthetic of our new white and grey toned bathroom, my wife and I chose futuristic looking, all LED contemporary bathroom lighting with all-chrome finish.

    What's the color scheme or aesthetic in your bathroom? And how does that affect the bathroom fixtures you chose? We'd love to hear your thoughts, and maybe give you some pointers along the way!


    Top Photo Courtesy of ldavis62

  • Universal Language of Scandinavian Design


    Exterior of home in Germany with Swedish influences

    German home with Swedish influences

    Much like love and music, design is a universal language. This German home features Scandinavian design with a modern twist.

    Modern outdoor wall light fixtures greet you as you climb the stairs to the unique entrance. Once inside there's no shortage of design to absorb...

    Loft-like interiors with exposed brick wall and bright white interiors

    Modern home featuring recycled materials

    The brick wall is recycled from an old barn that used to be on the same lot. The owners cleaned each brick with a brush!

    The main entrance and living area are upstairs, while the bedrooms are downstairs. 

    Scandinavian design in living room with bright white walls and furnishings

    Scandinavian design in a German home

    The unique layout and Scandinavian style is charming to say the least. There's no shortage of personality when you reuse and repurpose both materials and furnishings.

    Kitchen with exposed reclaimed wood beams and contemporary pendant lighting

    Upstairs kitchen style

    The adorable kitchen features gorgeous wood floors, a handsome wood ceiling and contemporary pendant lighting

    Most importantly, this German home features lots of natural light and even more style.

    All images from Hus & Hem

  • Our Favorite Types of Crystal Sconces


    Crystal sconces are an excellent choice for any home. The reflective crystals create a dynamic lighting effect, illuminating the entire room.

    Depending on the décor of your space, there are many options for crystal sconces, but these are a few of our favorites.


    Geometric crystal bath bar

    Possini Euro Marion Modern Crystal Chrome Bathroom Light

    The sleek chrome finish helps create this clean and sharp bathroom light.

    Hang this crystal sconce vertically or horizontally depending on the design of your bathroom! The crystal adds a touch of glamour to this modern bathroom light.


    Two-light traditional style wall sconce with pear-shaped crystal pendants

    James R. Moder Silver Crystal Two Light Wall Sconce

    This traditional two-arm crystal sconce looks beautiful in a powder room or any other space in your home.

    The pear-shaped crystals (also known as French pendaloques) are made using hand-cut and fine machined glass, perfect for the most elegant of homes.


    Chrome shaded wall sconce with black shade

    Manhattan Vienna Full Spectrum Crystal Wall Sconce

    This versatile crystal sconce looks great in any room, whether a home office or a vanity area in the bathroom.

    The shade helps to direct the light, making it an ideal task light. The chrome finish reflects the crystal and light, giving this sconce an amazing shimmer.


     Abstract chrome wall sconce with crystal pendants

    Lite Source Benedetta Cut Crystal Contemporary Wall Sconce

    This laser-cut metal and crystal sconce is ideal for any modern home. The half-round shade shields the three lights, as full-cut crystals dangle from below the frame.

    This crystal sconce is sure to make a statement.


    Chrome wall sconce with molten glass shade

    Lorenzo Chrome 6 1/4" High Molten Glass Wall Sconce

    The glass on this crystal sconce resembles molten lava or water, or perhaps something else –you decide!

    An abstract light is sure to create drama and add a designer look to any room.


     Chrome wall sconce with cascading hand-cut crystals

    Possini Euro Lilia 8 1/2" High Crystal Wall Sconce

    The cascading look of this crystal sconce is truly stunning and worth showing off.

    The design allows you to fully see the beautiful hand-cut crystals, and adds crisp lighting to your bathroom or vanity space.


     Crystal halogen bath light

    Vienna Full Spectrum Chrome Crystal Halogen Bath Light

    When simple is best, this crystal sconce is your best bet.The shimmering crystals create a radiant, full light, perfect for bathrooms and vanities.

    The design features four lights in a round bar embedded with glistening crystal elements, set against a shimmering chrome finish backplate.


    Modern sculptural wall sconce with a silver leaf finish

    Corbett Party All Night 19-Inch-H Crystal Wall Sconce

    Sometimes a lighting fixture screams to be the focal point of the room – this crystal sconce does just that!

    Working as a light source as well as a piece of art, this sconce is sure to turn heads and start conversation.

    There are so many choices in each style we mentioned above, be sure to check out all our crystal sconces on Euro Style Lighting!

  • Indoor Outdoor Living in Costa Rica


    An indoor-outdoor pool in Costa Rica

    Beautiful indoor-outdoor living in Costa Rica

    If you want to live outdoors, but think it might get a little dirty and cold sometimes, this is the house for you... Located in Costa Rica, this home is built with horizontal glass panes that frame the entire structure. Skylights and a huge atrium add to the beautiful connection it has with the outdoors.

    A minimalist living room with sculptural floor lamp

    Minimal furnishings and a modern floor lamp

    Inside and out, the home is clad in melina wood, giving the design a cohesive look.

    Notice how modern floor lamps become almost sculptural when the modern furnishings are so minimal.

    A modern home office with acrylic chairs and chrome desk lamp

    Modern office built around landscape

    The minimal office design utilizes the land as a design accent. Built around the tree, this office makes you feel like you're working outdoors.

    As minimal as you may want to get with your home office design, be sure to maintain function with modern lamps and stylish modern seating

    Contemporary dining room with waterfall black dining table and streamlined dining chairs

    Black marble kitchen design

    The black marble kitchen creates a beautiful contrast agains the pale wood finish. The atrium creates a beautiful view from the large dining table.

    This home is indoor-outdoor living at it's best!

    All images from If It's Hip It's Here

  • Conceptual Architecture in White


    Conceptual architecture to catch your eye

    While sometimes architecture can be beautiful, it never quite looks like this. That doesn't mean Ukrainian designer Roman Vlasov didn't have fun designing these conceptual pieces. 

    Open up your imagination and enjoy this visionary, architectural design.

    Conceptual home design

    Don't forget the pool1 This cool design incorporates a pool overlooking breathtaking views.

    Striking conceptual architecture in white

    You might be wondering what to do with this (besides stare)...? Well, apply it to your home without having to actually design and build conceptual-level architecture.

    Simply incorporate architectural designs within your home, such as stylish fountains, striking pendant lighting, or even streamlined ceiling fans. Here's some ideas below:

    1. Turbina Ceiling Fan 2. Chrome Mini Pendant 3. White Table Fountain

    All images from Inspiration Grid

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