Bathroom Chandeliers

If you are renovating your bathroom and going for an elegant look, a chandelier will greatly enhance your bathroom's beauty, as well as lighting. The main question you probably have is "what makes a chandelier perfect for a bathroom"? Unlike other rooms, there are those you should definitely not use because the environment is more wet. A hot shower can cause steam to rise and add moisture to the entire room, causing little water droplets to form on the walls, mirrors and yes, even light fixtures.

Considerations for Bathroom Chandeliers

The main considerations then should be: no fabrics and no wood. Beyond this, you can pretty much choose any chandelier that catches your fancy. Fabrics that get wet repeatedly tend to grow mildew. Wood tends to be hydroscopic -- meaning it acts like a sponge. When wood gets wet over time, it expands, warps and generally does not fare well as a bathroom fixture of any type.

How big is your bathroom? This is a consideration, as small bathrooms would call for a flush chandelier that has little drop so you won't bump your head. Remember when looking at various products, we list materials they are made of. Avoid those which have "fabric" listed under materials.

We have over 1300 products on this site, and likely more than half of them would function well in a bathroom. We have 4 listed below that were specifically designed for a bathroom environment, however -- as long as there is no wood or fabric listed in materials it should work well for the bathroom.

How to Hang Bathroom Lighting

Chandeliers take up more space than recessed lighting. Because of this, your bathroom should be of a size that lends itself to a larger lighting fixture. You certainly wouldn't want to bump your head on it as you walk past it. The National Electrical Code states that, to pass inspection, a bathroom chandelier (or fan, or any other type of fixture) needs to be at least 8 feet above the ground. A 10 foot high ceiling would make finding a chandelier a challenge (that's why I listed the "flush" link above, as it takes the drop out making it easier to clear this height). If your ceiling is higher, this gives you many more options, as a hanging light fixture would fit well. Vaulted ceilings make it even easier to comply with that rule, as you can hook a chandelier from the pinnacle and have a great deal of space remaining.

Layout Considerations

Many design professionals like to make the bathtub the focal point of a bathroom chandelier. This emphasizes the tub. If you are unable to hang it directly over, the illusion that it is next to the tub is also a good idea -- placing it slightly offset before one steps into the tub. A second idea for placement is above the vanity area. This provides extra lighting as one looks into the mirror and places extra emphasis on the area. This is a good idea if your mirror and sink layout is worthy of highlighting.