Create the Perfect Bedroom Lighting Scheme

Lighting in your bedroom is a very important aspect to the comfort and function of the room. Lighting can set a relaxing mood, or enable you to read clearly in bed. Lighting fixtures also add to the style and décor of the space by being noticeable and fun, or subtle and sophisticated. Whatever your style is, the lighting should enhance the décor and the function in your bedroom.

Bedside Lighting:
When deciding on bedside lighting, your options are varied. The first thing to decide is whether you want a light fixture that is freestanding on your nightstand, or a sconce attached to your wall. If you have limited space and need your nightstand for things like alarm clocks, a phone or books, then a sconce on the wall may be a better solution for you. If you have a big enough nightstand for a lamp, alarm clock and whatever else you need, you can use a freestanding lamp instead.

Bedside Sconces:
When looking for a sconce for your bedside lighting, the first thing to consider is whether it will be directly wired to the wall or you will use a cord that plugs in below. This decision is very important since not all sconces are made for both purposes. If you have an existing electrical box for a direct wired sconce, or you are planning to have an electrician install one, you will not have to worry about seeing an exposed cord running down the wall. It is a much neater and more minimal look then using a sconce with an exposed cord. If you are using a sconce with an exposed cord, this can become part of the look in your room. Leaving the cord completely exposed, or using a cord cover are two ways you can integrate it into your scheme. You can use a cord cover that is made of metal and matches the finish of the light fixture, or you can buy one that is make of fabric and will add another decorative accent to the sconce. This is a particularly good look for a more rustic or country design scheme. Another thing to consider when choosing a bedside sconce is whether or not you want a swing arm function to the fixture. By having a swing arm sconce, you can pull the light over to you for more illumination when reading, knitting or working in bed. When not in use, you can push the fixture back and out of the way.

Bedside Nightstand Lamps:
Freestanding lamps on your nightstand are another option of you don’t like the idea of a wall sconce. Lamps come in a variety of sizes and styles. (bedroom_lighting_nightstand) Finding a style that you like is probably the easier part of the selection process. You can find lamps with brightly colored ceramic bases, or thin, contemporary metal bases. Your nightstand lamp can be a unique and dominant accessory for your bedroom. Depending on your style, you can also mix and match two coordinating lamps instead of using the same one on both sides of the bed. If you decide to mix and match the lamps, try to keep the height of the lamps consistent so they look more coordinated.
Considering the scale of your nightstand lamps is another important aspect of your selection. If your bed frame has a heavier look to it, you can go larger scale-wise with your nightstand lamps. If the fixture itself is not large, you can use a bigger lamp shade to create the look. If the room is a small and delicate scale, then using pretty, small fixtures on your nightstand can be a better choice.
TIP: When in doubt, it is always better to go larger then smaller. It is worse to have a lamp and shade that looks too small in the room rather then too big. Freestanding nightstand lamps also have the option of a swing arm function. As with the swing
arm sconce, this enables you to move the light source closer to you when you are reading in bed and then back again when not in use.

Bedroom Ambient Lighting:
The Ambient lighting in your bedroom is the overall lighting for the room. Ambient light can come from any fixtures that provide the entire space with light. A chandelier in the center of the room is a functional and decorative option. (bedroom_lighting_ambient) You can also use recessed lighting throughout a larger space in order to receive enough light. Combining both recessed and decorative fixtures is a great functional look as well. Ambient lighting can also come from other sources rather then the ceiling. Using floor lamps or wall sconces spaced throughout the bedroom adds light that can be an up light, a down light or a diffused light. These can also be combined with an overhead ceiling light fixture in order to create your ambient lighting scheme.

Other Task Lighting:
Other types of task lighting throughout a bedroom can be necessary as well. A floor lamp or table lamp near a reading chair may be necessary, or perhaps if there is a desk in the room, then under counter task lighting or a desk lamp would be needed.

Lighting is an important function in a bedroom. The look of the fixture is almost as important as the area it is lighting. Remember to pay attention to the other details in the bedroom in order to find the right light fixture styles for your room. Most importantly, remember to pay attention to which areas need lighting, at what times