Retro Bathroom: Lights and Lighting

by lakeerieartists

Lighting does two things in a bathroom, adds to the ambiance and decor of the room, and adds light to the room so that you can see yourself well.

When designing a new bathroom or redecorating an older bathroom, lighting is an essential component of a bathroom space. That is because lighting does two things in a bathroom, adds to the ambiance and decor of the room, and adds light to the room so that you can see yourself well.

A bathroom is one room that should be very well lit, with options to tone down the lighting for relaxation.

Lighting is Essential for Bathroom Decor

retro bathroom lights

Therefore, if you want to create a retro style look for your bathroom decor, finding the right retro lighting is very important.   Lighting designers and manufacturers have taken the retro look into consideration when designing bathroom lights, so you can get the best of both worlds, retro look and style with modern lighting.  (This is much better than the lighting from the actual retro eras.)

This article is just an introduction to the many manufacturers and lights available for a retro bathroom decor, but I will say that Amazon has a lot of excellent price deals on lighting which makes it a great place to search for your retro bathroom lights.

Where to Place Bathroom Lighting

Unless your bathroom is made up of more than one room, or is an extremely large space, most bathrooms have lighting over the bathroom sink area, and on the ceiling. Some bathrooms have lighting in the bathtub shower enclosure as well.

As the lights in a bathtub shower enclosure would normally be recessed, the lights over the bathroom sink, and on the ceiling will be the lighting that adds to your retro decor.

Retro Bathroom Lights Chrome

Kichler 45459CH 3-Light Wall Mount Bath, 3 Arm

Kichler will fill all of your lighting needs. From outdoor lighting to ceiling fans and everything in between, Kichler fits any lighting needs. Kichler brings you an unparallele...

$195.80  $176.22
Sunlite 32CR 12-Inch 1-Light Multipurpose Circline Ceiling Fixture, Chrome Finish

The Sunlite Fluorescent Circline Fixture features a retro design with an exposed lamp. Designed for residential and light commercial applications. Ideal for illuminating bathroo...

Only $33.08

Retro Bathroom Lights Nickel

Home Decorators Collection 3-Light Brushed Nickel Retro Vanity Light

Open Box

Only $89.50

Retro Bathroom Vanity Lighting

Over the mirror, bathroom vanity lighting is usually the most visible and stylistic of all bathroom lighting, so this is a great place to place retro bathroom lighting.  You can buy single lights, or light fixtures with two, three, four, and sometime more lights in a row that can be placed above your sink and mirror with just one light fixture.

Some of the retro lighting styles swivel upwards or downwards to fit into your space better.  This flexibility is an excellent idea because of the variety of bathroom wall space, and mirror vanity sizes.

Retro Bathroom Light Bronze

Edison Vintage Bulbs - 6 pack - 60W Incandescent - Clear Glass - ST64 Squirrel Cage - Dimmable

The Most Popular Edison Vintage Bulbs - Amazon's best seller vintage bulbs. Great quality for a great price. Unique design, historic look and perfect brightness are reasons why ...

$69.95  $21.75

Retro Bathroom Light 4 Light Fixture

ELK Lighting 570-4N-SY Satin Nickel and Sandy Glass VANITY Art Deco / Retro Four Light Down ...

This beautiful classically designed bathroom fixture from the Vanity collection with a satin nickel finish comes with your choice of vibrantly colored glass shade to make sure ...

Tech Lighting 700BCATCON4W Chrome Atlantis Art Deco / Retro 4 Light 24" Wide Bathroom Fixture ...


Brass and Bronze Retro Lights

Brass and bronze light fixtures give an older retro feel to any light fixture, and the yellow tone of the metal is a warmer feel than chrome is. Brass and bronze also lend themselves to a look of flame instead of an electric light bulb.

The more detail and filigree on the light fixture, the more of a Victorian style it will have, but the price of the fixture will also go up as well. Weigh your decisions on how much light you need the fixture to generate in the bathroom, how much space you have, and how important the retro style of the light is to you for your bathroom decor.

I have to admit that I am partial to the bronze styling of the lights shown here for the retro look.

Bathroom Light Sconce

In a small bathroom especially, a light sconce will spread the light along the wall better than other types of lighting.  A sconce is a very nice look around the bathtub room, next to a clawfoot bathtup and shower set up. 

Sconces lend an ambiance of romance to a retro style bathroom.

If you are slowly redecorating a current bathroom, lighting is easily replaced one fixture at a time, so it is definitely a project that you can work on as you find the income to pay for the lights.  Lights make a huge change of style in your bathroom with a very small amount of effort and expense, and your friends and family will notice the changes right away.

Just by changing your lighting and shower curtain, you can change the entire look of your bathroom to a retro style bathroom, whether you own a house or rent an apartment.

Retro Sconce Lights

Lemonbest Modern Vintage Industrial Loft Metal Black Rustic Wall Sconce Light Retro Wall Lamp

Material: Copper plated metal Color: Brass, black Lamp Base Type: E27 Screw (Light Bulb is not included); You can search ASIN: B01IMTK1TK to buy bulbs Frequency: 50/60Hz Wattage...

Only $25.69
Lemonbest Modern Vintage Industrial Loft Rustic Wall Sconce Light Retro Wall Lamp with led bulb w...

Material: Copper plated metal Color: Brass, black Lamp Base Type: E27 Screw Including a 3W E27 ST64 Vintage COB LED Bulb (Brightness: 300LM, color Temperature: 2200K) Frequency:...

Only $34.96
Biedermann Retro Scroll Tealight Sconce, 11 by 19-Inch

Even when the candles aren't lit, this tealight sconce adds decorative appeal to your home. Biedermann and Sons have been offering the most distinctive candles, candle accessori...

Only $29.99
Updated: 02/06/2015, lakeerieartists
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PeggyHazelwood on 10/28/2011

Nice choices. I like the light bronze ones best.

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