Once upon a time, chandeliers were reserved for grand dining rooms and lavish hallways. But now we’re seeing these glamorous light fittings in use everywhere. One of the most unusual places though, is the bathroom. Bathroom chandeliers are becoming more and more popular for people who want to give their powder room a glittering and glamorous look.

Traditionally, bathrooms would be lit by a simple glass flush ceiling light or spotlights. Whilst these are a practical choice, they leave little to be desired in terms of style and ambience. Thankfully, home owners can now add a little more style and imagination to bathrooms with the arrival or waterproof, IP rated chandeliers that are safe for bathroom use. These specialty chandeliers are perfect for hanging in the centre of a bathroom for a statement look.

What to Consider when choosing Bathroom Chandeliers

If you're thinking about adding an elegant chandelier to your bathroom, there are a few important things to consider before buying. These questions will help to determine if a chandelier is right for your space.

Is your space big enough?

Chandeliers tend to work best in large rooms and this rule works for bathrooms too. If your washroom leaves a lot to be desired in terms of space, a chandelier could make the room look even more cramped. Their grandiose design works best in larger rooms where they won’t impose on the rest of the fixtures and fittings.

Will it match your style?

A bathroom chandelier is perfect for creating a glamorous look but will it fit with your current style? For instance, if your bathroom is minimalist, an elaborate light fitting may stand out like a sore thumb. On the other hand, if your bathroom already has a lot going on, a chandelier may be too much. We suggest pairing a bathroom chandelier with a simple but chic bathroom design. For instance, think roll top baths and elegant fixtures for a luxurious boudoir feel.

Is it safe?

When it comes to choosing a bathroom light fitting, there are safety factors to consider. Due to the amount of water and steam, bathroom lighting needs to be suitably IP rated for the installation area. Luckily all of our bathroom chandeliers are IP44 rated, meaning they're suitable for use in bathroom zones 1 and 2, as well as dry zones (must be connected to a 30mA RCD protected circuit for zone 1). Alternatively, you can find out more with our guide to bathroom lighting safety regulations.

Vara Bathroom Chandeliers

If you think a bathroom chandelier would look amazing in your home, look no further.  Our stylish Vara bathroom chandelier collection is perfect for people looking to add a little glamour to their washrooms. For a classic look, the Vara core range comes with clear crystals and is available in a range of sizes including a compact three arm chandelier, a five arm chandelier (above) and an elaborate 9 arm version. This classic design is perfect for creating a sleek and simple look in your bathroom.

Chic coloured chandeliers for the bathroom

For more of a statement look, the Vara range is also available with coloured crystals. New for 2015, this amazing range features a traditional bathroom chandelier that has been updated with coloured crystals in a range of luxurious finishes.

Choose this Vara 9 Light chandelier with a luxurious satin brass finish for a chic, regal feel. This fitting is perfect for pairing with ivory and gold fittings for a softer, more subtle look in your bathroom. In addition to this, the beautiful crystal droplets will reflect light and water, perfect for create a relaxing atmosphere whilst you take a long soak in the bathtub.

How to install a bathroom chandelier

Once you've chosen your perfect chandelier,  you will be eager to get it up and looking great. However, as with all bathroom lighting, bathroom chandeliers often comes into close contact with water, so it is very important that you fit them well and they comply with safety standards. For safety reasons, we strongly advise that you contact a qualified electrician to install your bathroom lighting safely and correctly.

If you think your bathroom could benefit from a beautiful chandelier, visit Litecraft to view our full IP44 rated bathroom chandelier range. Alternatively, why not check out our Instagram where you can browse through our content and our customers' favourites!