Bathroom Lighting for a Sloped Ceiling
Our expert recommends indirect dimmable LED lighting.
Is it just me or are there scary faces in these curtains?
We've just finished our master bathroom. As you can see in the picture we have provided, the ceiling slopes up toward the center of the ceiling. We put in 6-inch recessed adjustable fixtures, but the room still feels dark at night. What can we do to improve the lighting?

I noticed in your photo that you have blackout shades and no mirror over the vanity. Is it possible that you are a vampire? I'm not judging; just curious. I can see that your sloped ceiling is shaped like a shallow pyramid. The recessed fixtures are not doing much other than creating Dark Shadows on your face. They do nothing to enhance the architectural detail of the ceiling.

My recommendation would be to install a perimeter cantilever or crown molding detail to hide some indirect dimmable LED lighting. This will create an overall glow while accentuating the pitched ceiling. The recessed fixtures can be taken out. The new perimeter lighting, in combination with the chandelier and the wall sconces above the vanity, will do a good job of creating a cozy sanctuary where you can sleep until nightfall.

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Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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