You can save space on your bedside table by using wall-mounted sconces instead of table lamps. Hinged fixtures are especially versatile because they can be adjusted to direct the light where you need it.
Table lamps are always a classic option for bedside lighting. Because they are available in a vast array of colors, shapes, and sizes, you are sure to find many attractive options that will complement your bedroom.
Hi, I’m Jennifer, associate decorating editor at Southern Living. Lighting should always address the tone and purpose of a room. Lighting in a bedroom should be soft and soothing with the room itself. Light in a bathroom, on the other hand, should be bright and clear, as much like daylight as possible.
In a bedroom, lamps and sconces work better than ceiling fixtures, which tend to cast a harsh light. A bedside lamp can be the major light source for the entire room, as well as for reading in bed. Depending on the height of your nightstand, the top of your lampshade should be around 27 inches above the tabletop.
[MUSIC] Use sconces in place of lamps to save precious space on the bedside table. A swiveling sconce is particularly helpful for directed light while reading in bed. [MUSIC] This ship light plays off a nautical theme and casts a nice bedside glow.
In addition to bedside lamps, try using other lamps to create soft pools of light around the room. Bathrooms are better suited to bright lighting. The fact is, there’s nothing more unappealing than a dim, poorly lit bathroom.
For the most flattering light in the bathroom, install sconces on either side of the mirror above the sink, a few inches from the mirror’s edges, and about 65 inches above the floor. [MUSIC] Any mirrors in the bathroom will amplify the light from the sconces, making this smaller space feel brighter and larger.
[MUSIC] Low wattage lamps are often too dim for a bathroom. Use them mostly for decoration, when there are other bright light sources like overhead recessed lights, to illuminate the room. For the best skin loving light, use fabric shades or frosted glass shades.
[MUSIC] With mid wattage halogen bulbs on a dimmer. [MUSIC] Make sure you choose lighting that best addresses the needs of a room. For more decorating ideas, pick up a copy of Southern Living Magazine.
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The optimum height for a bedside table is even with the mattress top. An adjustable arm sconce installed at eye level frees up space on a small tabletop.
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Your bedside table will do double duty when it isn’t a table at all. Use a small chest of drawers for added storage space.
Another unique bedside lighting option is ceiling-mounted pendant lighting, which looks sleek and modern. For even more control, put these bedside lights on a dimmer.
A small drop-leaf table can double as a desk when the leaf is lifted. Keep the antique look consistent with a refined, classic lamp.
A second shelf for reading materials leaves more space for a wide based lamp and keeps the top clutter free.
This table comes with a fun feature—a handy pullout tray for added tabletop surface. A clear glass lamp base and neutral shade blend with the wall color and don’t compete with the patterned bed linens.
If you need an inexpensive bedside table in a hurry, replace the lid on a large galvanized garbage can with a round wood board, and cover the whole thing with a large tablecloth that reaches the floor. Transform a simple lampshade by adding trim in a contrasting color.
Decorating expert, Jennifer Berno, shares her tips for lighting your bedroom and bath.
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For added character, consider a non-traditional piece like an antique trunk or stack of vintage suitcases.
Choose a fixture with personality to fit your space. A chandelier helps set a glamorous tone for a luxurious bedroom, while a lantern would be appropriate for a casual space.
Whether you’re reading, making the bed, or picking out the perfect outfit, proper lighting is key to a successful bedroom design. Use our tips and tricks to select the best lighting for your room.
A smart bedside table and lamp combination is essential to the style and comfort of your bedroom. Here are a few ideas to help your find the best ones for your space.
Think about how a table fits in the style of the room as a whole. This curvy cloverleaf table mirrors the lines of the pattern on the bed linens. A candlestick lamp with a coordinating color palette finishes off the look.
For versatility, combine several types of lighting. Remember, your light fixtures don’t need to match or even come from the same collection. They just need to coordinate, and, most importantly, you need to love them.