One’s bedroom is a place to relax and catch some shut-eye. One of the most crucial aspects of making your bedroom a relaxing space is the lighting. Using a combination of dimmable ambient, task, and accent lighting in strategic locations may do wonders for the bedroom’s aesthetic and ambiance.
This lighting guide will cover the basics of bedroom lighting, including basic suggestions and tips on how to stack lights. It requires picking out bulbs that are just ideal for the space in terms of brightness and colour temperature.
Part two of our bedroom lighting guide is a Q&A with Jamie Bush, a Los Angeles-based interior designer renowned for fusing period and modern styles. Jamie explains how to design a comfortable, practical, and up-to-date bedroom.
Changing up your bedroom’s lighting using a variety of fixtures
To get the perfect degree of lighting in any area, including the bedroom, it is necessary to master the art of lighting layering. Because of this, it’s important to strike a balance between general lighting and more specific forms of illumination, such as task and accent lighting. By finding this sweet spot, you’ll be able to easily change the space’s lighting to fit any occasion. Choosing modern bedroom light fixtures is perfect there.
You may begin with the room’s existing light (also known as general lighting). To put it simply, “ambient light” encompasses all of the illumination in a given space, whether it be from natural sources like skylights and windows or from artificial ones like lamps and ceiling fixtures. The goal is to have enough light to carry out typical housekeeping chores like dusting, folding laundry, and making the bed.
Ceiling fixtures (and portable lighting sources (such as floor lamps) are great for creating ambient light when employing artificial lighting. For jobs that don’t call for a powerful, focused source of light, both types of lighting will suffice.
Consider installing supplementary task lighting in addition to the ambient lighting if you want to participate in activities that need a greater degree of focus, such as reading, working, grooming, or applying cosmetics. Conventional desk task lighting isn’t the only option for when you need just a little bit more light to get the job done. Table lamps with light-colored shades are better for reading over lamps with dark shades since the former tend to diffuse the light while the latter do the reverse. Swing-arm lamps are great when you need to focus on your reading, while table lamps with detailed patterns or pendant lights are better for creating a soothing atmosphere. Consider adding low-hanging pendants or sconces on both sides of the bed, wall-mounted task lamps on each side of a headboard, or some other kind of directed lighting above the headboard.
The bedside task light may take any form at all, so long as it offers the level of lighting necessary for undistracted concentration. In addition to its shape and placement, the bulb of a task light is crucial to its effectiveness (more on that later).