Looking for bedroom lighting tips? Then look for ways to make the most private and intimate place in your home a haven of complete and total relaxation; a peaceful space to call your own in a frantic world. Lighting ideas for the bedroom must centre around a cocooning feel, illuminating a blissfully serene oasis. So it’s important to consider what this means for you. Do you need a reading light for late night novels? Or dream of soft sunshine seeping through the blinds on lazy Saturday mornings? Let us help you find your ideal bedroom solution with stunning bedroom lighting ideas that are sure to dazzle….
Closing Down The Space
Closing down larger spaces creates instant cosiness and warmth. You should avoid bright overhead fixtures and opt for hotel-style bedside wall lights, or subtly illuminate a feature wall with bedside reading lamps. If you’re stumped for bedroom ceiling light ideas, consider a glistening crystal chandelier. It makes a fabulous centrepiece strung above the bed – just keep bedsheets and covers plain and simple for maximum attention on the jewels above. No matter how large your space, the beauty of bedroom lighting is that it can be simple yet effective – turning a dimmer switch or flicking on a lamp adds depth and sultry moodiness. Bedroom pendant lights work well with bulbs that aren’t too bright, so if you are set on hanging lights for the bedroom, have a look at quirky lampshades in sophisticated coppers and metals to set the mood.
It’s important to step through the front door to warmth and homeliness, especially during winter, when you can feel like heading straight to bed (our Powerview App can time your blinds to close to make sure you always go up to a welcoming bedroom). Standard lamps are a good starting point, but add a yellow or gold lampshade if you’re aiming for spa-like, ambient bedroom lighting. Placing a floor lamp by a busy bookcase can add personality and intrigue to a space, while the bright bulbs of dressing table lights say ‘glamour’ without going OTT. If you don’t want to bother mounting stage lights on the wall, think about a standalone makeup vanity with lights – it’ll make a great talking point when showing guests around the place. Consider bedroom light fittings in soft rose gold or weathered bronze. More elegant and warmer than standard plastic, they’ll only look better as time and use wears them out. You could continue this to retro bedroom table lamps, too – comb antique shops and vintage fairs for quirky sets.
Manage The Mood
It can be difficult to know which way to go with master bedroom lighting, with everything from semi flush ceiling lights, to wardrobe lighting and even remote control ceiling fan lights to contend with. Just remember, this is about adapting your decor to suit your lifestyle. Have a think about your sleep patterns to choose the best lighting for your bedroom. If you are prone to an afternoon nap, consider a sheer blind that will soften the light but not totally block it, so you can rest but not oversleep. If you find it tough to nod off, blackout Venetian blinds are a great option. If you’re not a fan of total darkness (or you’re decorating a child’s bedroom) do have a think about flush ceiling lights, which will illuminate choice areas without hurting your eyes during 3am bathroom trips.
Sloped ceilings such as those found in attics can create a myriad of problems for light sleepers – hanging curtains on an angle won’t block harsh morning light, so it’s best to tackle the problem with customised blinds for skylights. Luxaflex’s range of motorised skylight blinds can tackle the sunrise as it streams into attic rooms, not to mention look much sharper and more minimal than most modern bedroom curtains. When there’s this much light pouring in, there’s less need for super bright lamps – instead opt for wall sconce lighting on one wall or two, to add warmth when the sun starts to go down.
Change The Light Quality With Your Coverings
Think about how you can manipulate light quality using room darkening blinds and well thought out furnishings. If an Eastern-facing window enjoys a strong, beautiful sunrise you can fill the room with accessories that will glint in the sunlight – but only when you’re ready to see it. Blackout blinds will ensure you’re not disturbed until your alarm goes off – far superior to regular bedroom window blinds, which don’t always do the job.