Of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom is probably the only one you spend time in when it’s completely dark, completely bright and completely somewhere in between. Though bedrooms are primarily for sleeping, they aren’t meant to be dark all the time. So, getting your bedroom lighting design just right is essential to making it a comfortable place to rest your head at night, to rise and shine each morning and to go about your day.
Choosing the right lighting for your bedroom is all about understanding the basics of the art of lighting and combining it with the theme of the room and its color scheme. Bedrooms are personal havens that are dramatic, soothing, romantic and functional, depending on your needs and the time of day. Lighting plays arguably the most important role in setting the tone for these many moods. Here are a few simple yet essential pointers to get you started on the right path.
Illuminate the room with an overhead light – consider a modern pendant or classic chandelier to make a statement. It’s important to keep in mind the overall scale of your light fixture in relation to your space.
Add function to your bedroom with task lighting. Wall sconces on either side of the bed provide ideal reading light. Wall sconces on either side of the bed can make nighttime reading all the more enjoyable. The rule of thumb for sconce height in a bedroom is 6 feet, with some adjustments if the ceiling is higher than average, or the bed is lower to the ground.
A bedroom should have a combination of both portable and installed lighting to provide illumination for tasks like dressing and reading. Table lamps provide both task and accent lighting. Placed on a dresser, a table lamp can illuminate socks, jewelry, and other accoutrements. On a nightstand, it’ll offer easy access to reading light.