Lighting plays an important role in creating a comfortable environment. In order to choose the perfect bedroom lights, follow these tips.
Are you busy planning your bedroom lighting? According to survey results, 73% of homeowners in the UK choose the wrong lighting when designing a room.
Bungling bedroom lights is a common but unfortunate mistake. It doesn't matter how great your overall design, furnishings, and decor is, if the lighting isn't done right, this can diminish the impact of the whole room.
Fortunately, picking out the right lights for your bedroom is not that hard, once you know what tips to follow.
Get clued up on bedroom light fixtures and read on as we throw some light (pardon the pun) on how to illuminate your bedroom like an interior design pro.
Layer Your Lighting
One of the most important lighting tips for any room is to layer your light sources. This is especially critical in the bedroom where you want to create a cosy, inviting ambience.
To effectively layer bedroom lighting, you want to avoid relying on a single source of bright light. This will create a harsh and flat effect.
Instead, aim to combine multiple sources of light. Besides overhead fixtures, make sure you include bedside lights and other sources of light around the room.
You can do this by incorporating things like fairy lights in a bedroom or placing a floor lamp next to an accent chair. If you have a large houseplant in your bedroom, you can illuminate and accentuate it with a discreetly placed can light.
Do you have art on the walls? Consider highlighting key pieces with wall art lights.
If you have a dresser in your bedroom you can also place a table lamp on its top. Or maybe you have a large mirror in your bedroom? If so, you can add dimension by placing a backlight behind your mirror.
Consider Wall Lamps and Pendant Lights
If you're trying to pick out the bedroom lights, don't forget about wall lamps and pendant lamps. Traditionally, bedside lighting consisted of mostly table lamps.
Fast forward to 2022 and a lot of designers are leveraging wall-mounted lamps and even pendant lights as bedside light sources. Wall lamps and pendant lights help to free up space on the bedside table and create a more streamlined look.
They also work to "lift" design elements up from furniture level, drawing the eye upwards and creating dimension.
Pendant lights are particularly effective at this, as their cords create a long vertical line that pulls one's eyes away from ground level and creates the illusion of more vertical space.
If you don't like the idea of your bedside lights coming down from the ceiling, wall lamps offer a more subtle but still current look.
Don't Forget About Task Lighting
Bedroom lighting is very important for setting the mood and making your space inviting at night. But, it also has a practical purpose. The main task lighting when it comes to bedroom light fixtures is usually the bedside lights.
These can create a cosy mood, but they're also essential for casting lighting immediately in front of you while you're in bed for things like reading.
Besides this, you should also evaluate which other areas need task lighting. If you have a dressing table, you might want to mount wall lamps on either side of the mirror so you can see yourself properly when you're styling your hair, applying makeup, or doing your skin care.
Or maybe you have an easy chair in a corner that you like to sit in and read? If so, placing a table lamp, floor lamp, or reading lamp there will give you extra light and contribute to the layered lighting effect.
Match Your Light Features to Your Bedroom’s Design Style
When picking out bedroom lights you also need to think about how their design ties into the other decor in your room.
What is the general design style of your bedroom? Is it modern or traditional? Contemporary, glam, or boho?
Keep in mind that you don't have to match all your items down to a tee and stick regimentally to one design style. If you do this, your space can end up feeling a bit flat and predictable. Some of the best interior design moments feature a blend of items and a few unexpected elements.
The secret is to combine your decor, furniture, and fixtures with intention.
If you randomly throw an ultra-modern, minimalistic light fitting into a very traditional space, with no other modern elements, this could look very out of place.
Besides the overall design style of your bedroom, you should also give some thought to the colour and metals in potential bedroom lighting fixtures. If your bedroom is very moody, you might want to opt for bedroom lighting in matt black.
Alternatively, if you have a bright, glamorous, or feminine feel to the room then something like this table lamp could be a perfect choice.
Keep in mind that mixing metals in a space is completely okay, as long as you have some level of cohesion. If you want to create a sense of warmth, warmer metals like gold, copper, and bronze are ideal.
Pay Attention to Bulb Brightness and Colour
Finally, don't forget to pay attention to bulb brightness and colour. This isn't something you need to worry about while you are shopping for bedroom lights, but once you have purchased your fittings take some time to check what type of bulbs they came with.
Ideally, you want to have slightly warmer lights in the bedroom, as this creates a sense of warmth and cosiness. Bright, cool-toned lights are harsh, and can even interfere with your sleep quality. If you need to, swap out included bulbs for bulbs in warm or soft white (2 700 to 3 000 kelvin).
If you want to be able to play around with the colour of your lights, you can even find colour-changing bedroom LED lights and bulbs.
You might want to look into installing dimmer switches and kitting your fixtures out with dimmable bulbs for ultimate control over your bedroom lights and the mood they create.
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Choosing the right bedroom lights is an important task that can make or break the ambience of your room. Now that you're equipped with these tips, all that's left to do is start shopping.
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