Typically, the bathroom ceiling needs be fairly tall. If not, the two main locations they’re found are above the vanity and above a tub, usually a freestanding tub.
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Here’s our gallery.
Click or tap images to enlarge. FYI, while chandeliers are a pendant, we have a dedicated bathrooms with chandeliers gallery here.
Bright bathroom illuminated by spherical pendants that hung above a floating dark wood dual sink vanity. It includes a pair of frameless mirrors with a wall sconce in between.
Cozy bathroom with a walk-in shower and a soaking tub that sits on a wood plank deck. It includes a vessel sink vanity that’s paired with a rectangular mirror and lighted by clear glass pendants.
A pair of pendant lights illuminate this bathroom showcasing a vessel sink vanity with chrome fixtures and towel holder along with a wooden framed mirror mounted on the beige wall.
Dome pendants hang over the vessel sink vanity in this primary bathroom boasting a walk-in shower enclosed in a round glass along with an oval bathtub clad in mosaic tiles.
Modern bathroom features a walk-in shower fixed to the glossy white tiled wall and a dual sink vanity with dark wood backsplash tiles lighted by sconces and matching pendants.
Sophisticated bathroom with a black dual sink vanity complementing with the bathtub’s surround tiles. It has white patterned flooring and beige wall fitted with white framed windows.
This bathroom showcases a bathtub fixed to the subway tile backsplash and a dark wood dual vessel sink vanity with frosted glass knobs and built-in shelving in between mirrors.
White bathroom with tiled flooring and arched glass windows covered with shutters. It is illuminated by pendant lights and wall sconces mounted on the mirror.
Fresh bathroom offers a soaking tub by the glass windows and across the walk-in shower. It includes a wooden dual sink vanity topped with a black marble counter.
Charming bathroom with a white floating sink vanity lighted by a round pendant that hung from the built-in shelf. It also has a walk-in shower next to the bathtub covered in white tiles.
A dark wood floating dual sink vanity stands out in this white bathroom with a walk-in shower and bathtub placed underneath the glass window.
This bathroom boasts an eye-catching accent wall against the wooden wall complementing with the vessel sink vanity that’s lighted by a round pendant.
Gorgeous bathroom decorated with a lovely floral wall art that hung above the freestanding tub. It has a powder area adjacent to the dual sink vanity.
Glass globe pendants illuminate this bathroom showcasing a trough sink vanity with pebbles underneath. It is paired with a frameless mirror fixed to the taupe wall.
Primary bathroom with a toilet accompanied by light wood floating sink vanity and a mirror fixed to the white marble tiled wall.
The elegant bathroom features a dark wood vessel sink vanity topped with a frameless mirror and illuminated by a pair of pendant lights.
Marvelous bathroom designed with a hexagonal mirror and an animal head wall art that’s mounted above the wall paneling. It has a unique vessel sink lighted by industrial pendants.
Rustic bathroom with a multi-colored tile flooring and a wooden divider fitted with frosted glass panels separating the toilet from the green sink vanity.
Fabulous bathroom illuminated by fancy pendants that hung over a wooden vessel sink vanity topped with a marble counter.
Mid-sized bathroom showcases a walk-in shower with seating and glass door. It includes a toilet next to the wooden sink vanity with built-in shelving and granite countertop.
Lovely pendant lights illuminate this bathroom offering a walk-in shower and bathtub over hardwood flooring topped by black shaggy rugs. It has a white sink vanity paired with a silver mirror and a white faux fur stool.
Gray bathroom with a floating vanity sink and a stainless steel towel rack mounted above the white wainscoting. It includes a walk-in shower accented with diamond pattern tiles.
Stylish bathroom boasts a dual sink vanity lighted with glass globe pendants and a unique wall sconce mounted in between black framed mirrors. It has brick lower walls and herringbone flooring topped by a cowhide rug.
This bathroom features a freestanding tub along with a walk-in shower and floating sink vanity paired with a frameless mirror.
Deluxe bathroom with beige limestone flooring and open archways lighted by fancy pendants. It has a walk-in shower across the soaking tub and carved wood sink vanity.
Wall sconces and pendant lights illuminate this bathroom along with natural lights that flow through the glass windows. It has tiled flooring and cathedral ceiling with exposed wood beams.
A fancy drop-in bathtub is the focal visual point of this luxury bathroom with diamond pattern tile flooring and brick wall. It is illuminated by a pendant and recessed lights mounted on the tray ceiling.
Contemporary primary bathroom showcases an open walk-in shower lined with a soaking tub and bench on its end. It is situated underneath the skylight fitted on the vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams.
A wooden door opens to this farmhouse bathroom with vessel sink and a wooden framed mirror mounted beneath the vaulted wall.
Cozy bathroom decorated with a huge round mirror that hung above the floating vessel sink vanity fixed to the stone accent wall.
Shabby chic bathroom with a porcelain toilet and sink paired with an oval mirror that’s lighted with a dotted wall sconce matching with the drum pendant.
This bathroom boasts a distressed vessel sink vanity lighted by cylindrical glass pendants that hung from the white ceiling with crown molding.
A beige tufted armchair sits on a woven rug in this charming bathroom with a pedestal sink and floating shelves fixed to the green beadboard wall.
A pair of pendant lights illuminate this bathroom featuring a vessel sink vanity and a wooden framed mirror mounted on the brick accent wall.
Warm bathroom lighted by a fancy crystal pendant that hung over a built-in vanity topped with a black vessel sink and plant decor.
Pink bathroom with a toilet and a sleek vanity sink paired with a frameless mirror and illuminated by a round pendant along with track ceiling lights.
Contemporary bathroom showcases a redwood door that matches with the floating vanity topped with a sleek vessel sink.
Eclectic powder room with a white floating vessel sink vanity fixed against the purple walls. It is paired with a round mirror and lighted by a gorgeous pendant.
This powder room features tiled flooring and gray striped wallpaper. It has a wooden vanity with built-in shelf and drawers topped with a porcelain sink.
Magnificent powder room decorated with a sunburst mirror that’s mounted above the washstand topped with a glass counter and vessel sink.
Charming powder room with pink walls and hardwood flooring topped by a shabby chic rug. It has a wooden floating sink vanity and a frameless mirror beside the glass window.
Asian powder room showcases a wooden vessel sink vanity with a matching mirror illuminated by a pendant light.
Warm bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and a wooden sink vanity next to the walk-in shower. It includes a storage cabinet and wooden ladder that serves as the towel rack.
The elegant bathroom offers a white marble flooring that’s beautifully contrasted with black marble wall. It has a floating sink vanity accompanied by a black stool and a pair of mirrors lighted by wall sconces.
The black bathroom boasts a soaking tub and a dual vessel sink vanity with mirrors and a dark wood storage cabinet in between. It is illuminated by a glass pendant and flush mount ceiling lights.
Industrial open bathroom with red brick walls and hardwood flooring. It includes a rustic vessel sink vanity with open shelving and wooden framed mirrors.
The modern bathroom features a sleek white sink that’s paired with an oval mirror illuminated by black pendants. It is accompanied by a metal chair and coat rack.
Fabulous primary bathroom illuminated by a disco ball pendant light that hung over the glitter clawfoot tub paired with a metal side table.
Yellow bathroom with a black clawfoot bathtub and black framed mirror illuminated by a unique pendant light. It includes a dotted stool that sits on hardwood flooring.
Are pendants a good bathroom lighting option?
If you have a tall ceiling, yes.
I also think above a freestanding tub, they can be effective, but watch your head when getting into and out of the tub.
Powder rooms are a common type of bathroom with pendant lights, usually suspended above the sink.
What type is best for the bathroom?
I think the best pendants are mini-pendants. Space is small and so you can strategically hang them so that they don’t impede movement and use of the space.
While chandeliers are moderately popular, mini-pendants are better in my view, for most bathrooms if you’re opting for pendants.
Benefits of Pendants in the Bathroom
When comparing pendant lights to chandeliers, recessed lighting, and ceiling flush-mounts, I have to go with recessed lighting or ceiling flush-mounts. Bathrooms aren’t typically large rooms and so there isn’t much space to have a hanging light.
Illuminate specific areas: That said, pendants are excellent at illuminating specific areas or items and so above a freestanding tub they can be great for illuminating that specific space.
Aesthetics: With respect to aesthetics, whenever you can accommodate a pendant in a room, it alone can enhance the design of space because they can be beautiful; a work of art on their own. This for me is the most compelling reason to use pendants in any room, including a bathroom.
Ambient lighting: Another reason is that the ambient lighting option can be good. It may be you like the uplighting effect you can get which is a softer light. In which case this is a very good reason to use this type of light. The key will be placed so that you don’t risk injury.
The chandelier: A little known fact is that chandeliers are a pendant light. Usually, chandeliers are put into their own category and not referenced as a pendant light, but they are indeed a pendant. In this case, there are many bathrooms with pendants if you consider those with a chandelier.
At the end of the day, it’s balancing function and aesthetics. I wouldn’t give up bathroom functionality and mobility and risk of injury just to make it look nicer. However, if you can suspend a pendant in a way so that it’s not an obstacle or risks injury, it can enhance the space nicely.
Where to Buy Pendant Lights for Your Bathroom
Here’s a good selection of online retailers.