Bedroom Lighting Ideas

by Rachel Laurendeau on July 9, 2012

Often when taking on a DIY home improvement project such as renovating a dated master bedroom, people overlook an important item: their lighting. Lighting can have an enormous impact on the success of your project so it’s important to address it as part of the project rather than as an afterthought. Additionally, lighting fixtures can have a fairly high price tag so you’ll want to keep them in mind when determining your project budget.

  • When choosing the lighting for your bedroom, pick one primary light source (usually the ceiling fixture or recessed lights) and then add some smaller fixtures for accent and additional ambient or task lighting.
  • Typically, you’ll want to create a clean, symmetrical look by coordinating nightstands, bedside lamps and accessories in pairs on either side of the bed. Additionally, a ceiling light fixture, centered on the bed will ground the room.
  • Chandeliers are no longer relegated to the dining room and have become quite common in bedrooms. Your chandelier should be in scale with the size of your bedroom and go with the style of the room since it will undoubtedly be one of its focal points. The extra sparkle that these fixtures add can bring drama to any room.
  • Sconces are a lovely way to frame a bed. They are practical in that they shed light at the bedside and still leave your nightstand freed up for other items you may need or want to display. This is particularly helpful if you have a small room and don’t have the space for large nightstands on either side of the bed. A good idea is to have them on independent switches on either side of the bed so that each person can control their own light. An alternative to sconces would be to use a pendant light on each side in much the same way.
  • If you have a reading nook in your bedroom or if you like to read or work in bed, a table lamp or swing-arm floor lamp can provide you with task lighting, which illuminates the specific area where you are sitting.
  • Dimmer switches are a great addition to bedroom light fixtures as they can instantly alter the mood in the room. They also give you more flexibility to choose just how much light you need on those early Monday mornings.
  • Installing new light fixtures and dimmer switches is fairly easy if you are a do-it-yourself type but since we are dealing with electricity here, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it may be best to call an electrician and leave it to the pros.

For more information on creating the perfect ambiance in your bedroom through lighting, talk to your designer or local electricians.

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