A bedroom should be a peaceful retreat, conducive to relaxation and tranquility, but also functional. Below we have gathered the most helpful ideas along with examples of some quality fixtures to consider when lighting your ideal dreamland.
Color and Track Lighting
Darker colors can make a room feel small and constrictive, while light-colored walls do the opposite. The light reflected off of the surfaces of the walls defines the space. Some types of directional lighting, like track lighting, can soften wall colors. Track lighting is a great example of positional lighting. Adjustable necks and lamps can point at specific elements, such as an entryway or painting.
Complement Your Space with Task Lighting
While lighting is obviously functional, it can also set the mood within the space. Choose one primary light source, and include a few smaller fixtures for a soft effect. For those who enjoy reading or working in bed, task lighting is the answer. This type of lighting can include many different fixtures, such as table lamps which may be primarily used to illuminate a specific area. A modern floor lamp can provide a glow perfect for nighttime reading. Task lighting can be used either for a specific activity, and in conjunction to set the pace of your room. Try adding a dimmer on the main source of lighting to easily alter the tone of the room. A three-way bulb may also be an answer for those who don’t want to install a new switch.
Mix It Up
If your bedroom is large enough, coordinate different types of lighting to enhance certain areas without neglecting others. Recessed accent lights bring the eye to items such as wall hangings, tapestries and other art, or lights may be placed directly above the bed for reading. Table lamps can also be used as task lighting when the can lights seem too bright. A ceiling fan can cut energy consumption during the day and provide overhead lighting at night.
Add Retro Wall Sconces
Wall sconces, whether contemporary or vintage-inspired, are a classic way to frame your bed. You can enhance the romantic feel of your master bedroom easily by focusing on these light sources. A dramatic and yet simple decorative element, wall sconces are functional, save space and allow you to use nightstands for decorations or needed items. If you opt for wall fixtures, wire them to dual switches – one within reach of the bed and one by the door. That way, you can operate the lights when you enter the room and after you get into bed.
Try adding a regal chandelier to a vaulted ceiling, or pendant lights suspended above your nightstands instead of the expected bedside table lamps. Go for rich hues like violet, flirt with gold accents and don’t be afraid of embellishments like crystals, beads and baroque designs. And a sense of ambience can come from an antique Chinese silk screen lit from behind with a hidden fluorescent fixture. In a modestly scaled space, make sure to leave at least 7 feet between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor. Ball lanterns or lamps are a fun and easy way to bring an exotic element to a bohemian bedroom.
Create a modern style within your bedroom that also saves space by hanging different types of fixtures at different heights within your room. Think about the shapes currently in your bedroom – do you have a geometric headboard or mid century dresser? Unique shapes can enhance and define a room. Make sure the pieces you choose support any statement making items.
If you have a separate seating area within your bedroom, this is the perfect place for a swing-arm floor lamp to provide the right amount of light. To ensure that even a darker room feels warm and welcoming, use a few crisp accents to brighten the space such as a white lampshade.
Draw attention to a great feature like an elevated floor or ornately designed ceiling with the addition of rope lighting. Tucked under the underside of the raised floor, rope lighting strikes an avant-garde but minimalist figure in any room.
Add an Ambient Glow
One advantage of installing recessed lighting is the ease with which they can be focused on any part of the room you’re trying to draw attention to. Recessed lighting can be used in floors and ceilings to create vertical beams of light as opposed to an overall glow from central light fixtures hanging from a ceiling. Small recessed lights can be used around the entire room if it is large enough. Combined with hidden accent lights above the headboard and antique bedside sconces, creating a soft, ambient feel is a cinch.
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