GPS Living Spring 2019

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO LIGHT THE MOST PERSONAL SPACE IN YOUR HOME. F or most people, lighting the bath is an afterthought. When redoing this essential space, big—and sometimes expensive—decisions have to be made about fixtures, plumbing, and consider. A good lighting plan should include task lighting at the mirror, overhead lighting, and mood lighting. A relaxing bath at the end of a long day won’t be quite as effective with super-bright spotlights overhead.

ABOVE: A soft fabric barrel shade on an overhead pendant lamp adds a stylish, fashion- inspired touch in this contemporary bath. The Mariposa Collection from Kohler includes this 66” drop-in soaking tub with reversible drain.

surfaces. But lighting can make or break the ambience of a room in which you begin and end your day. Light and color have a positive effect on emotional well-being. Consider the Scandina- vian countries where scientists studied the re- lationship between the lack of sunshine during the long polar nights, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and as a result created light therapy to help those affected. As the bathroom becomes a place to relax and recharge, lighting is an important thing to

Ambient lighting can be supplied by a cen- tral, surface-mounted ceiling fixture. But to soften the look of the room, get creative with a pendant lamp or chandelier instead. Cove lighting—rope lights hidden behind a molding several inches below ceiling height—adds a soft glow. Vanity lighting should be mounted on either side of the mirror at eye level, for even illumination across the face. When it comes to the style of your personal retreat, there are a wealth of lighting options to complement your style.

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