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10 Gorgeous Ways to Light Your Bathroom Vanity Mirror

Brighten up your bathroom sink with one of these illuminating ideas

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From wall sconces to pendants, there are many ways you can light up your vanity mirror. Whichever route you choose, always use a qualified electrician to ensure your fittings comply with regulations. And if you need help deciding on what type of fittings to go for, here are a few to suit all tastes.

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Opt for symmetry
Simple wall sconces like these look neat and elegant beside a vanity mirror. In this modern bathroom, with its square lines, the classic style of the lights adds a soft element to the space.

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Attach to the mirror
If you’d like a wider mirror but still need lights in close proximity to the sink, it’s possible to combine the two. Here, the designers have fitted wall lights to the mirror/cabinet to keep the symmetry while still maximising the glass.

The shades keep the light soft, but the mirror will provide a reflection to amplify the illumination in the space.

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Be a movie star
There’s something of an old-style glamour feel about this bathroom sink area. A luxurious fabric ottoman and turned-leg sink console are quite indulgent in the bathroom – and with the spotlights either side of the mirror, the space is reminiscent of a Hollywood dressing room.

You can purchase this kind of lighting, with long-lasting LED bulbs, at a reasonable price from Ikea and other retailers. By placing a fitting on each side of the mirror, the lights give even illumination without any glare.

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Pop in a single wall light
Short on space? Rather than placing a light either side of the mirror, consider using just one instead. Here, the strategically placed fitting provides handy illumination for whoever is at the sink and the simple design is unobtrusive.

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Make it super simple
For a lighting solution that’s beautifully pared back, try an illuminated mirrored cabinet like this one. The lights sit above the mirrored doors to provide plenty of brightness, and their slimline design is neat and attractive.

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Create an ambient glow
The lights above and below this mirrored cabinet are not only practical but they look fantastic, too. They might appear impressive, but in fact it’s pretty easy to get this look in your own home. Ask your electrician to fit under-counter LED lights along the top and bottom of your cabinet. In a sink area like this, your lights will need to be splashproof, which means an IP rating of at least IP44.

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Go large for maximum brightness
A recessed mirror like this one is perfect for fitting larger lighting to provide plenty of illumination. Two lights fit neatly into this space and the light they emit bounces off the edges of the recess to provide a soft glow either side of the mirror.

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Try a minimal look
Keep things simple and streamlined by replicating your ceiling spotlights with smaller ones along the vanity area. This recessed mirror is clean and sleek, and the tiny spotlights are unobtrusive yet practical.

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Pick a pendant (or two)
Of course, you don’t have to attach your vanity lights to the wall. How about fitting some on-trend ceiling pendants to work as task lighting, like they’ve done here? In this coastal-themed bathroom, the fisherman-style lights add an authentic touch. Remember to investigate suitable ceiling lights for bathrooms – there are specific safety regulations in a room with water.

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Create a halo effect
When you’re lighting your vanity mirror, why not have fun with the design? This mirror is backlit, which casts a soft glow around the perimeter. The lighting also appears to lift the mirror away from the wall and transforms it into a design feature in the room.

How have you lit your bathroom mirror? Share your photos in the Comments section.
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