When most people think of bathroom lighting, an image of a standard, wall mounted fixture above the mirror pops into their heads. While this is a very common form of bathroom lighting, it's definitely not the only option out there. Ceiling fixtures, such as flush and semi-flush mounts in addition to larger pendants and even wall sconces are all options that can go a long way to making a decorative statement in your bathroom.
Most bathrooms are small enough that only a single fixture is needed to supply an ample of light. One option that is underused in the bathroom is the ceiling-mounted fixture. A multitude of beautiful flush and semi-flush mounts are available that would work wonderfully in any bathroom. Gone are the days where ceiling lighting mean a boring circular or square glass shade that worked better as a dust catcher then an eye-catcher. Look for smaller fixtures that were not necessarily made for the bathroom, as this, as well as keeping an open mind, will open up a world of possibilities for your bathroom lighting.
There is no rule or ordinance that states you can only use one type of lighting fixture in your bathroom. Especially in larger bathrooms, it often makes sense to mix a few wall sconces with a nice ceiling fixture or group of pendants, if your ceiling height permits. The point here is to look at your options and add some creativity and ingenuity when the situation permits it.
If a bathroom vanity works well in your bathroom, do not be afraid to embellish it by adding a sconce on either side. A small ceiling fixture, in conjuction with your vanity or bar is also a great option to add some contemporary flair to your bathroom. Make your bathroom lighting your own by adding some originality and extra thought-don't settle for the standard bathroom bar.