Bedroom Lighting Ideas – Buying & Styling Guide
Your bedroom should be a calm, chic nook that you love to cosy up in of an evening – and one of the best ways to add flair and create a tranquil ambience is through the right lighting. Bedroom lighting is important to get right, as it’ll dictate the mood in your space, and ensure you have options that suit you throughout the day, providing a dim glow at night or a brighter filter on a dark, rainy morning.
To help you along this journey, we’ve put together a must-read guide to selecting the perfect bedroom lighting, including fixtures and bedroom light fittings, and freestanding lamps. Without further ado, let’s illuminate everything there is to know about bedroom lighting…
Understanding the three types of lighting
Before you even begin to browse what’s on offer, gaining an understanding of how light works in a space is crucial, as it will guide the pieces you select. There are three types of lighting, all of which have their place in a room’s ‘lightscape’.
Ambient lighting is designed to fully light a room on the whole, providing an even level of illumination and leaving few or no shadows behind. Ambient lighting is usually covered off by ceiling lights, such as flush mounts.
The purpose of task lighting is in the name – it’s intended to brighten up a specific area in order to make performing a task feasible. Examples of this include recessed lighting over a kitchen bench, or a pendant light placed strategically above a sofa. Many lamps also fall into the task lighting category.
Finally, accent lighting highlights a specific architectural or design feature by illuminating the surrounding area. If you’ve opted for a floor or table lamp to brighten up your favourite piece of decor, rather than to make a day-to-day task simpler, chances are it’s accent lighting.
Overhead bedroom light fixtures
With the basics of home lighting out of the way, we’re ready to dive into the various styles and lighting arrangements that may suit the bedroom environment, starting with overhead fixtures. Whether they’re simple downlights or intricate semi-flush mounts, overhead bedroom lighting fittings check the ‘ambient lighting’ box and provide an all-over illumination that’s great for pre-bed night time or darker days.
Flush mounts sit flat against your ceiling, and consist of a bulb with a bowl-like cover. They’re a commonly used type of lighting in many bedrooms, and while decades ago used to be pretty unsightly, now come in a variety of fun and stylish designs. A flush mount is a simple way to illuminate your bedroom in a speedy way – there’s not much fiddling in the way of installation required – and usually will provide an all-over brightness that means you don’t need to invest in any other ceiling or wall lights.
In the same vein, a semi-flush mount sits away from the ceiling, but only just, mimicking the style of a traditional flush mount with a bit of elongation. Semi-flush mounts are suspended on a short bar that extends the fixture away from the ceiling, opening up the space a little more, and broadening the reach of your light. Semi-flush mounts are perhaps the most popular style of bedroom ceiling lights, especially in homes with average ceiling heights, as they create the feeling of a pendant light without necessitating a taller room to accommodate the length. Available in a tonne of styles, shapes, sizes and finishes, this style of lighting is a go-to.
Pendant lighting is a striking choice, typified by – as the name suggests – a long pendant chain or bar that drops the light down from the ceiling. They’re designed in an array of lengths, sizes and styles, but always make a bold statement. A bedroom light pendant is a great way to make your space feel grand, modern and chic, and can really be tailored to your style and interior design choices. From a practicality standpoint, you’ll want to make sure that your bedroom’s ceilings are tall enough to comfortably fit a pendant light, or that you are only using a short chain – they can’t drop down so far that it impedes your daily life or how you navigate the space, after all!
As well as ceiling lamps, you’ve got the option of including a bedroom wall light, such as a sconce. Wall lights once again come in a pretty spectacular diversity of colours, shapes, styles and sizes, meaning you can tailor your bedroom lightscape to your exact specifications. Something great about wall lighting, too, is that it acts as task lighting at nighttime, illuminating the space around your bed so you can get ready for sleep, read, or work on your laptop. Most homeowners decide to place two identical wall sconces on either side of the bed, ideally above the bedside table, for a cohesive look – but of course, there are no rules, so where and how you style your sconces is totally up to you.
Freestanding bedroom lamps
Of course, fitted wall and ceiling fixtures aren’t the only lighting options available to you when you’re designing your bedroom’s lightscape. Another way to illuminate the room, add character, and impart your personal style is to use floor and table lamps. These add task or accent lighting and also create an aesthetic moment as significant decor items.
The perfect addition to a bedside table or the top of a dresser or vanity, table lamps are cute, chic, and a great source of concentrated brightness. Most of us tend to have bedside lamps, and for good reason, as they provide necessary task lighting for all those pre-sleep rituals like reading or using your computer and phone. Table lamps also provide an excellent opportunity to enhance your style’s presence in the room – through a variety of textures, tones, shapes and sizes, table lamps are designed to suit a huge array of design choices.
Another fantastic source of bedroom light and decoration is the floor lamp! Although they take up a little more space, including a floor lamp in your bedroom is worth it, as they often have a unique aesthetic point of view, and can create a broader glow in a shadowy corner of the room, such as next to your dressing table or chest of drawers. Whether you go for a whimsical Art Deco floor lamp or something sleek and modern, this is a go-to way to thread your style through the space and light it up while you’re at it.
Bedroom lighting styling tips
Now that you know the ins and outs of bedroom lighting fixtures and freestanding lamps, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind as you style them in your space.
Pick your primary metal:
Many lighting fittings tend to be made of metal, whether that’s silver, brass, chrome or gold. Try to select a key type and colour of metal that can be carried throughout your decor and furniture in the space and choose this for your light fixtures, rather than going for a mismatched look. Although you can definitely incorporate pops of another tone, consistency is key!
Mirror the shapes in the room:
When selecting lighting, and in particular, flush mounts, pendants, and freestanding lamps, a great way to create a cohesive feel with the rest of the room is to utilise the same shapes. If your furniture is sleek, square and modern, a boxy light fixture will maintain that theme, as will a cool, curved piece in a bedroom filled with soft lines and rounded edges.
Ascertain your style:
Knowing your style is fundamental to any design project, and that includes adding new lighting to your bedroom. Certain fittings will evoke a specific style – for instance, antique-looking flush mounts will tie in with a French provincial vibe, whereas a beachy rattan pendant light is the perfect coastal choice. If in doubt, consider the key elements in your space, like colours, shapes, textures and materials, and try to reflect them through your choice of lighting.
Work out your favourite type of light:
The colour of the lights in your home can have a huge impact on your mood, how your eyes feel, and your sleep. Most interior decorators will recommend daylight globes or warmer-toned lights in the bedroom, where shades of blue are a no-no, as they can impede quality sleep. However, ultimately the colour you choose is up to you, and can have a bearing on how your furniture and decor looks in the room… so choose wisely! If you’re struggling to make a decision, consider a smart bulb with multiple colour options.
By now, you’re an absolute pro when it comes to bedroom lighting – which means you should be ready to illuminate your space using wall and ceiling fixtures, and floor and table lamps. If you’re looking for the right lighting for your home, be sure to check out Brosa’s range of stunning lamps and light fixtures, and shop with Australia-wide shipping and flexible payment options available.
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