7 Illuminating Ideas for the Bedroom
Illuminate your dreamy bedroom retreat with luxurious lighting, from antique bedside sconces to contemporary pendant fixtures.
Wall sconces, whether modern or antique-inspired, are a gorgeous way to frame a bed. The designers at Rethink Design Studio wanted to enhance the contemporary yet romantic feel of this master bedroom by focusing on the light sources. The mirrored sconces provide a sleek and simple decorative element and allow the nightstand to display fresh flowers and decorative accents instead of a bulky light fixture.
To create a clean, balanced look with a touch of eclectic flair, symmetry is key. Jamie Laubhan-Oliver of D Home suggests buying bedside lamps, nightstands and coordinating accessories in pairs.
The regal purple headboard and bedding are certainly gorgeous, but the most eye-catching and dramatic elements of this master bedroom are the gold-accented pendant lights suspended above the nightstands.They are functional, dramatic and keep the top of the nightstand free for other items.
When choosing lighting for your bedroom, remember that beyond serving an obvious function, it can also provide a stunning accent within the space.Each light can be used for a specific task or in conjunction to set the mood of the room.
For those who prefer to read and work in bed, task lighting is for you. This type of lighting includes any fixtures, such as table lamps and swing-arm lamps, that are primarily used to illuminate a specific area or task. This sleek, arched floor lamp provides a high light level perfect for nighttime reading. And when you're not working, you can use a dimmer to control its brightness.
Mix It Up
In a large bedroom with a lot of decorative eye candy, coordinating different types of lighting can enhance certain areas of the room without washing it out. To really illuminate this exotic master bedroom, designer Christopher Grubb installed various light fixtures with different tasks in mind. The recessed accent lights bring the focus to the tapestries and wall art, while recessed can lights around the room provide the most lighting possible while also opening up the space. Although there are lights placed directly above the bed for reading, the matching table lamps can also be used as task lighting when the can lights feel too harsh.
A separate seating area is the perfect place for an illuminating light fixture of its own. Despite the dark navy draperies and walls, this elegant lounging spot has plenty of light for reading. When natural light isn't an option, the swing-arm floor lamp provides the perfect amount of light. To ensure this dark room doesn't feel cold and dark, designer Jennifer Duneier used white accents to brighten up the space, as well as a crisp, white lampshade to guarantee the fixture emits as much light as possible.
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