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When designing a bedroom, don’t forget about an often overlooked but very important component: lighting.
Selecting the right light fixtures is a balance between style and function. With these bedroom lighting ideas used by interior designers, you can showcase your style and create a comfortable and relaxing environment in the most important room in your home.
1. Mix Three Lighting Types
The most comfortable rooms have a mix of the three main lighting types: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
Ambient lights — think recessed ceiling lights, track lights, or a crystal chandelier hung in the center of the room — provide a general glow to the space and serves as the main light source in a room. A couple of floor lamps can serve the same purpose in bedrooms without ceiling-mounted light fixtures. Install dimmer switches to further increase the flexibility of ambient lighting.
Task lighting, from a bedside table lamp, desk lamp, or articulated wall sconce, is focused light that reduces eye strain and helps the user accomplish a task, like reading, studying, or work.
Accent lighting creates a focal point in a room by directing light — and subsequently attracting the eye — to a piece of artwork or a unique feature in the room.
2. Save Space With a Wall Mount
Keep your bedside table clutter-free with wall-mounted sconces on each side of the bed, offering task-based light perfect for reading.
The black and gold sconces in this bedroom complement the sleek bedside table and wooden headboard, while the design directs light downward in a focused area for nighttime reading without disturbing another person who may be sleeping.
3. Make a Statement With Neon
Neon is having a moment, and it’s moving from the bar to the bedroom. For example, check out how this “Shh…” yellow neon sign amps up the attitude in this home.
Not only does neon lighting create a unique ambiance, it also doubles as an eye-catching and unexpected piece of art.
4. Match a Gold Chandelier and Table Lamps
While mismatched bedside lamps and other lighting fixtures creates a boho vibe, try coordinating the finish of your bedroom lighting to really make an impact in your home decor.
This master bedroom pairs a modern gold chandelier ceiling light with matching, geometric gold bedside table lamps.
5. Create Ambiance With Tinted Glass
The level and tone of mood lighting affects the room’s ambiance. Experiment with factors like bulb wattage, tone, and lamp shade color to see how the resulting light makes the room feel.
Pick a dark glass shade, like the one in this room, paired with a lower-wattage bulb to create a moody, comfortable atmosphere perfect for lounging or napping.
6. Supplement With Track Lighting
The right mix of lighting makes a room feel bright and happy in one moment, and calm and relaxing the next. If you’re lacking bright ambient light, add track lighting to fill in gaps when accent and task lighting isn’t enough.
In this industrial modern bedroom, track lighting installed beside the ceiling fan fits the decor style while providing extra brightness and energy.
7. Pick Lighting That Doubles as Art
Add to the mix of lighting options in your bedroom design with wall art that can be illuminated.
When paired with recessed ceiling lights and matching bedside reading lights, this work of art creates an eye-catching focal piece while providing accent light.
8. Add a Touch of Whimsy
In addition to adding functional light to the room, bedside lamps are an opportunity to express your personality — from the shape of the stand to the pattern of the lampshade. This meta light bulb-shaped lamp in a cozy and stylish room brings a quirky vibe to the bright, white bedroom.
When picking a light source, consider its shape, direction, and transparency depending on your needs. The round shape and lack of a shade in this example cause the light to disperse evenly over a wider area, rather than focus tightly in a single direction like a sconce or desk lamp.
9. Direct Light Upward
When combined with task lighting and ambient light sources, accent light gives a room character. In this guest bedroom with dark walls, metal accents on the table lamp direct the light upward for an eye-catching accent that adds coziness to the space.
Read more at Domio.
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