Your bedroom is the most personal room in your home. It is more than a space you retire to at the end of a long day. It is where you get ready each morning before you leave the house, and somewhere to relax during the day. So you want to make sure it always feels spacious, warm, and inviting, and one of the ways to achieve this is through proper lighting.
Here are a few tips for the perfect bedroom lighting:
Focus on balancing and layering rather than symmetry
Light up and down
Control light levels
Your bedside lighting for reading
Don’t install lights directly over your bed
Harsh overhead lighting is not recommended for bedrooms. Not only does it make the room look dull, but also creates excessive shadows that make the space feel enclosed. Instead, consider adding multiple types of fixtures, such as table lamps on either side of the bed, a floor lamp adjacent to your lounge chair, and perhaps a decorative fixture on your dresser. Your goal should not be to light up the room evenly, but to make it interesting for your eyes as you move from fixture to fixture.
By day you want your bedroom to be filled with natural light but in the evening, tranquil lighting is best. Consider switching off your bright ceiling light permanently. For night lighting, install a dimmer switch and then flood the corners of your room with soft table lamps.
Nowadays, many bedrooms are multifunctional spaces to sleep, read, work, and spend family time, so you need flexible lighting that is best for each of these activities. In addition to your big overhead light, install different lighting fixtures in each area. At your workspace, use task lights and one or two overhead pins to illuminate the entire space so you have options.
If you use a table lamp as your reading light, consider choosing a shade with a light tone. Though dark shades may look good, they don’t glow with light and are not functional since they make it harder to read. Alternatively, you can use a swing-arm task light with horizontal and vertical adjustment options for maximum flexibility.
This can be very uncomfortable because you will tend to look up at them many times when lying in bed. Consider soft light alternatives, such as installing dimmers on lights or using coloured light bulbs.
Lastly, you may want to consider high-tech controls for more convenience. These gadgets allow you to turn the lights off or on with an infrared remote that can be fitted on your bedside, or may even have a downloadable app for your smartphone.
To further explore your lighting options, contact the Bedford Brooks team today.