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

Lavagna 2 Light Bathroom Vanity Chrome with Milk Glass Linea di Liara LL-WL272-MILK-PC

Only $89.99
Lavagna Farmhouse 2 Light Bathroom Vanity Light | Chrome Wall Sconce with Clear Glass, LED Bulbs ...

The Lavagna wall light is perfect for bathrooms, corridors, living areas and a variety of other spaces Quality metal construction with clear glass shades; 1-year manufacturer wa...

Only $94.99

Retro Bathroom Lights Nickel

Design House 519728 Ajax 3 Light Vanity Light, Galvanized Steel Finish

The Design House 519728 Ajax 3 Light Vanity Light features a modern design and a galvanized steel finish with wire shades. This vanity can be used for bathroom vanity lighting a...

$101.99  $62.18

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

7Pandas Bathroom Vanity Lights Over Mirror, 2 Light Indoor Wall Sconce Lighting Fixture with Ambe...

About 2-Light Vanity lights Our 2-Light Vanity lights complies with full UL standard in wet location, it exudes a casual classic with simple lines transcend style with an elegan...

Only $49.36

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 ...

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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

Retro Black Wall Sconce Swing Arm Angle Adjustable Swing Arm Retro Vintage Wall Mount Light Sconc...

▲ Description:Being outstanding and distinctive, this wall sconce will offer you a better feeling of life with better quality than many other lights. A personality of fashion, o...

Only $76.99
Light Society LS-W264-BB-CL Zeno Brushed Brass and Clear Glass Globe Wall Sconce, Mid Century Mod...

With a sophisticated spherical shape and gorgeous glass shade, the Zeno Globe Wall Sconce puts a signature stamp on your modern living space. Chic and design-forward, this beaut...

Only $48.65
Lightess Black Wall Sconce Lighting Industrial Edison Retro Wall Mount Lamp Home Kitchen Cafe

Specification: Item Weight : 1.1 lbs Diameter: 2" Height: 4" Color: Black Style : Metal wall Light Material: Iron Power Source: hardwired Bulb Base: E26 (Not Include the Bulb) W...

$29.99  $18.99
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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