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Basement Bathroom Lighting Options

I’m thinking porcelain. One (or two) of these options, maybe?

  1. Truman, Schoolhouse Electric (available in black or white)
  2. Rufus, Rejuvenation (available in black, white, or green)
  3. Selma, Rejuvenation (available in black, white, or green)
  4. Alabax Surface, Schoolhouse Electric (available in black or white)
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    December 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I love the jadeite one!

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    Kris Mays
    December 13, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I LOVE the green one.

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I vote #4!!!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I love the retro look of #3. #1 and #2 look quite plastic and cheap, though maybe they’re better in person? #4 just makes me think of an upside down coffee filter holder!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I love number 3! Actual heart felt love!

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    Diana Smith
    December 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

    #3…green is very pretty!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I used #2 in my powder room and a coordinating ceiling fixture in the adjacent mudroom. They both made me so happy every time I looked at them. I purchased fixtures from Rejuvenation for my living room, entry, stairway and upstairs hall as well, and they were all gorgeous. You won’t be disappointed no matter which one you go with, but my vote is for #3.

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    Katie Truelove
    December 13, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I love both 3 & 4!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I’m assuming you’re going for #4 plus a wall sconce? I don’t love any of them, but I’m sure it’s the picture/context (I always expect mid century from you). Schoolhouse Electric and Rejuvenation are both excellent companies–anything from there will look great! :)

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      Making it Lovely
      December 13, 2010 at 11:25 am

      I love mid-century, but not for lighting. Other than a sputnik fixture, but there’s no way I’d have space in the little half-bath.

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        December 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

        I have an original quasi-sputnik in my entry way. It’s so small, I guess it’s more like a sputter.

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I have a fixture from Schoolhouse Electric that I LOVE. They’re a great company to work with! All look like great options though for sure!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I love the industrial look of all of these. I’m really drawn to #3 :)

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    Jen K
    December 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I vote for 1 or 4!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I’m going to be honest and say I strongly DISLIKE #1, but I LOVE 2 & 3. 4’s not bad, but it doesnt make my heart skip a beat. I think 1 kind of looks like a contractor special for an industrial building. Kinda cheap.

    Cant wait to see the finished outcome!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I used to live in a 1920s Tudor cottage-style home that had a vintage [original to the house, I’m sure] light fixture above the sink eerily similar to Selma. I LOVED it. That’s where my vote is going!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Love Schoolhouse Electric. But my vote is for #3.


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    meryl rose
    December 13, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Love love LOVE #3!

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    Zoe - A Quick Study Paper Goods
    December 13, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I think I like #2 the best!

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    December 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

    i adore 3, but 4 would be amazing in my own home!

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    Ana@ Rearranged Design
    December 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    #4 with every fiber if my being.

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      Ana @ Rearranged Design
      December 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm


      I am way more sure of #4 than I am of my own spelling!

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    Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons
    December 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    #3 all the way =)

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    December 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I like two and four. But I also love black and white everything.

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    December 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I like #3.

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    December 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Love #3 (it’s darling), but I had to laugh out loud at the description (“…due partly to their low cost…”) and the price they’re offering for it ($100). Or, perhaps, this is a parallel universe type situation and $100 for a machine-cast fixture really is “low cost”.

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    liz @ btb
    December 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    # 1 or # 3!!

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    December 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I like #4!!

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    December 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I love #3 but that could be because I have one myself although mine is a vintage one I found for $4 :)

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    Danielle@Newlyweds Paradise
    December 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Hmmm…they all are cute in their own way. I think it’s hard to pick my favorite without knowing what you are doing in the bathroom.

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    December 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Tough choice…could totally see #3 for you but, I like #2 so, that’s my vote. #2!

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    December 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I have #2 is my bathroom. We redid the bathroom of our 1921 bungalow that had previously been remodeled in the 80s. I love the fixture, but it is a bit smaller than I imagined and rather understated as a result. In hindsight, I wish I had gone with two of the single-bulbed fixtures, like #3, one on each side of the medicine cabinet.

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    December 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    love #3, but the only one i don’t like is #4. like the bulb, don’t care for the fixture.

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    December 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I’d buy #3, myself! Lovely!

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    December 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I’m about to put #2 & #3 in my new bathroom, I think they’re both gorgeous! I’ve never been disappointed with anything from Rejuvenation (and have forked over a small fortune to them over the years). I think the green porcelain is lovely, but I decided to hold back and keep all the permanent fixtures in the bath black and white so I will forever have flexibility with color in there. You can’t go wrong with a deco bathroom!

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    Nolita Morgan
    December 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Really like #3!!

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    December 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I asked for #2 for Christmas. I also want the matching switchplate and towel hooks. :)

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    December 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I think #1 looks like an awful hotel hallway sconce; #3 is definitely my pick!

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    December 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    i’m really liking 3 and 4.

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    December 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I love the green one!! #3! :)

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    December 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    #2 is my fav, but not in black–maybe in green?

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    December 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    ooo! I love the retro feel of all these, especially #2 and #4.

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    December 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I really like 3 and 4 but in white. I always think white is best for a bathroom, then you’re never stuck with a color scheme.

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    December 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    #4 has my vote.

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    my little apartment
    December 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I vote for #4!

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    December 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Hi! I’m a longtime reader of your blog. I’m doing some online Christmas shopping, and I thought you’d like this. It’s not pink, but….

    I still think it’s cute


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    December 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    #3 – most definitely. Thanks for the links – I’m all about home improvement these days

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    December 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I adore the Selma (the jade one).

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    December 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    LOVE number 3. And I meant to say last week how excited I am about the spring Pantone colors. Gorgeous!

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    December 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I vote for #2 because #4 looks trendy to me and I fear that means it could look dated later on.

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    December 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    there are already so many votes, but I’d say 2 or 3, depending on if you want color or not on your fixture! those two are amazing! :) I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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    December 13, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    LOVE number 3 but it may just be the sexy green that is swaying me. No, I’ve thought about it seriously and it is number 3

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    December 13, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I like #2, the style is great!

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    disorganized creativity
    December 14, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I love #3 and my husband nickname is the name of the #1, I can’t decide!!

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    December 14, 2010 at 11:26 am

    In love with option #1. Close second is option #3.

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    Amanda Fellers
    December 14, 2010 at 11:57 am


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    December 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I really like #1, but agree with niki, #3 is a close second.

    also, when we were looking for wall-mounted lighting options for our place, we ended up finding a really great one at a local architectural salvage shop.

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    December 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    i love the green one!

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    December 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I think #4 is really fun!

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    December 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I think #2 is fantastic! Btw, #2 & #3 are available in green, black or white porcelain! (I work for Rejuvenation!) #1 is really cute too but I don’t think #4 is very bathroom appropriate.

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    December 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I vote for #3

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    December 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I’d go with #2 because it takes 2 bulbs and will give you more light, which will be important in a small basement bathroom. But if you have space, then using a pair of either #1 or #3 on either side of a mirror would look really good (like in DoorSixteen’s bathroom).

    I have the same shortlist of bathroom lighting options for my upcoming remodel, but unfortunately the space is too tight to get a pair of sconces in. Allow me to live vicariously through you. :)

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    December 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

    definitely go with an uplight

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