One unique lighting feature that showcases your bedroom in a whole new light is the dimmer. Having the dimmer feature allows you to easily swap between various moods of lighting with the touch of a screen or the press of a button. Considering the technology at our disposal these days, the options are simply endless. So next time you wish to switch between reading a book to tranquil meditation, you will not have to find a whole new room. If the other layers of lighting serve the first purpose of lighting: illumination, dimmers serve the secondary purpose of fashioning and accentuating the mood.
The first and most essential aspect that defines your lighting choices in the bedroom (or any room, for that matter) is the size of the room. You need to pick fixtures that emit enough light to illuminate every corner of the room in the desired fashion. The common tendency is to place way too many lights hoping that the presence of ample illumination will reflect your detailed design planning. But in reality, this does just the opposite, and the room looks too bright in one corner and dim in others. Even as sculptural additions, the pedants and chandeliers that you choose must be proportional to the size of the bedroom and surrounding decor.
Base of the table lamp must be on par with your eye level when you sit [Design: For People design]Table lamps with neutral lampshades can fit in with any backdrop [Design: Accouter Group]Mirrors accentuate the beauty of the table lamps in this Mediterranean bedroom [Design: Laura Martin Bovard]3.
Play with the Style
Have these pictures brightened your day? If so, let them inspire you to shed a little light on your evenings as you wind down in your room before bed. There is power in lighting. It can create a mood, as well as help create a signature style for your space. Whether you choose a basic lamp or try out multiple light sources, remember that a few strategically placed bulbs can be truly illuminating!
The table lamp that you choose not only needs to blend in with the style of the room, but also must seamlessly add to the other layers of lighting that already exist. This could be recessed lights that set the general mood, accent lighting which highlights specific architectural features or artwork, or even functional lighting. For a more unique look, try mixing two completely different table lamps with similar colors or geometric shapes to give the room visual symmetry with a fun twist!
As you get deeper into decorating your home, you will realize that it is the tiny details that end up making the biggest difference. While the style, theme and color scheme of the room define it, it is lighting that ultimately sets the mood and creates an ambiance of your choice. In fact, a simple change in lighting can completely alter a room’s vibe and turn it from a dull, boring space into a cozy, inviting retreat or even a cheerful and exciting hub! And few lighting fixtures combine timeless charm, modern allure and smart functionality like the lovely table lamp.
A neutral backdrop that is devoid of bold color is almost the norm in most modern homes, and with neutrals like gray continuing to hold sway in 2016 as well, table lamps give you an opportunity to add a color punch. Multi-colored delights like the Capri Bottle Lamp allow you to bring in almost any hue of your choice, while sparkling copper table lamps with an industrial vibe or those in gold continue to provide that smart metallic glitter.
There is absolutely NO substitute for incorporating several different layers of lighting that work in conjunction to offer the perfect look. Every space that is elegantly designed includes various types of lights, and you cannot replace this with an overwhelming number of recessed lights and make up for the loss of accent and task lighting. While ambient light defines the general aura of the room, task lighting offers focused illumination for specific nooks. Accent lighting allows you to highlight the feature that you feel is the focal point of the room. This could be either a modern fireplace or even bright artwork. All three types of light combine to make your bedroom truly stunning!
Choosing the right lighting for your bedroom is all about understanding the basics of the art of lighting and combining it with the theme of the room and its color scheme. Bedrooms are personal havens that are dramatic, soothing, romantic and functional, depending on your needs and the time of day. Lighting plays arguably the most important role in setting the tone for these many moods. Here are a few simple yet essential pointers to get you started on the right path –
Start off by determining where you want to put the table lamp, and chalk out the exact height at which it will sit, as well as its distance from the bed, couch or cozy chair next to it. Starting off by first buying the table lamp and then trying to fit it into the bedroom or living room is not really a good idea. While it can work if you are lucky, often the lamp would end up being too short, tall or bright for the room. Also, you might not need a bedside table lamp to be as luminous as one that sits on the side table in the living room! So, clearly define the purpose of the lamp before you start shopping for it.
It’s time to let your light shine! You may think that important lighting details should be reserved for the most prominent spaces in your home (such as the living room), but don’t overlook the significance of bedroom lighting. After all, your bedroom is your haven from the busy world outside. Shouldn’t strategic lighting help you set a soothing tone?
Fabulous Copper table lamp from CB2 is a hot seasonal decor pieceAsian living room with stunning lighting [Design: The Golden Triangle]Eclectic living room with a lovely gallery wall [From: Jessica McKay]4. A World of Colors
Bedside lights have evolved a whole lot in the last few years. No longer are they restricted to simple table lamps on either side of your giant bed. Exceptional pendant lights and sconces have replaced the traditional table lamp. These new and suspended additions free up space on your bedside tables and even offer you the option of doing away with the tables too. They also give you the comfort of catching up with a book before dozing off, even if you happen to own a small bedroom with little room for additional decor. This in no way means that the table lamp is done and dusted.
Sometimes the light must come from above. Recessed lighting is installed overhead, often in the ceiling. Its subtle presence can have a dramatic effect, as light and shadow form designs on the wall. Not only is it pretty, it’s functional! After all, recessed lighting can do wonders for nighttime reading endeavors when placed over a bed. [from Sina Hotels]
Cove lighting is often used to accentuate unusual features, such as recessed ceilings and the protruding wall in the bedroom below. [from Greenbelt Homes via Houzz]
Or better yet, blend the concepts of sconce and lamp by choosing pieces with an arch and a prominent bulb! [from Housetohome]
Mismatched table lamps in the bedroom make for a quirky addition [Design: Red Images Fine Photography]Contemporary living room combines multiple sources of illumination [Design: Garrison Hullinger Interiors]Fun lighting fixtures bring color to the midcentury dining room [Design: Alison Damonte Design] Liked the story? Share it with friends.
Sometimes keeping it simple is the key. Bedside lamps work well in smaller rooms that get a lot of natural light. In these spaces, overhead lighting may not be necessary during the day, and a couple of bedside bulbs can do the trick in the evenings. Below we see a room designed by John Loecke, Inc., complete with the soft glow of white bedside lamps. [from Lonny]
Next we move to the bedroom of Jamie Laubhan-Oliver and her husband Larry Oliver. This space proves that stylish bedside lamps can help make a decor statement. It’s hard to resist a steel and gray color scheme! [from DHome]
Sconces free up table space and bring a sense of glamour to a room. We’re used to seeing sconces in commercial areas like formal office lobbies and fancy restaurants. Why shouldn’t your home be just as elegant? The image below showcases a series of metallic sconces in a room at Milan’s Gray Hotel. [from Sina Hotels via Contemporist]
Cove lighting is a true hidden treasure. Installed out of sight, it’s mysteriously stylish, but all you see are outlines and accents. Talk about illumination with a punch! Below, a bed appears to be surrounded by a halo in the ceiling, thanks to the strategic use of cove lighting. [from RS3 Innovative + Architectural Design via Houzz]
Some of our readers might wonder if a table lamp really has a style of its own, and the answer is an emphatic yes. True, often it is the shade that determines the overall appeal of the lamp, but there are plenty of cases where the body of the lamp makes a huge difference and defines it. From the Hollywood Regency-style Miss K Table Lamp to classically opulent Bourgie table lamps, a variety can perfectly fit in with the exclusive and exceptional style of your home. Another approach is to use the table lamp to usher in a completely different style, giving the room a radiant focal point!
You can always go smaller with one simple sconce above a bedside table or a comfy armchair for a touch of reading light. [from the Andaz Hyatt]
One little detail that you must take care of while planning for bedroom lighting is the placement of the fixtures in relation to the sockets and the switches. The last thing you want is to worry about the wiring. Decorating and lighting the bedroom is all about expressing your own personality in the most pleasant and enjoyable manner. That is the simple secret to great bedroom lighting! Never lose the sight of this while shopping for the right bedroom lights.
If you find a sparkling chandelier or striking pendant that also offers the right illumination, it is indeed a win-win situation. If not, then consider the illumination, the intensity and the angles at work before accounting for the lamp as a standalone sculptural addition to the room.
Lampshades add pattern to the gorgeous Victorian bedroom [Design: Jeffers Design Group]Paper lantern table lamp is an absolute showstopper! [Design: Kristen Rivoli Interior Design]Think out of the box for table lamps that steal the spotlight in the bedroom [Design: Sacha Jacq Interiors]6.
Attention to Detail
Lighting a room is a task that is both fun and challenging at the same time. The wide range of lighting installations, and the endless choices, design styles and brilliant hues captivate and enthrall us. Yet, getting the lighting fixtures right is often an act of walking the tight rope that most homeowners can’t seem to master. What seems so inherently simple has several layers of complexities, and often we end up going overboard and flooding our homes with an inordinate amount of illumination. This is particularly true in the case of bedrooms, where we install several different types of lights without taking into account the eventual output.
Most table lamps allow you to change shades with ease, and while some might have a spider fitting, others could sport a uno fitting or clip-on. DO check this out before you think about switching the lampshade. The bulbs used in table lamps these days have come a long way from the old CFLs, and LED lighting is the preferred choice, as it cuts down the power bill as well. But not all table lamps support this switch between, so check out the finer details (like maximum wattage) before you make the purchase.
For added flair, try a pair of capiz shell chandeliers. Same illuminating effect, but with a bit more bling! [from Feldman Architecture via Houzz]
Another mistake that most of us make while choosing the lights for our bedroom is to place aesthetics above ergonomics. Yes, a certain chandelier or floor lamp might look exquisite and amazing in the showroom and even in your bedroom. But does it provide the right illumination? Will it function well when you add other layers of lighting? Remember that at the core of it all, you are looking for the right lights. So, do not just think about decorating with fixtures as the primary aspect of the process.
Another important choice to make when shopping for a table lamp is the lamp shade and its size. Do not be drawn in by just the style and the pattern of the shade, and do consider the ergonomics and proportions of the shade in relation to the body of the lamp. The diameter of the lampshade should be at least 2 inches less than the length of its body, and the drum shade is definitely the safest choice out there. The narrower the base of the shade, the less will be the illuminated area; consider this arc before you make a purchase.
Once again, we see a widening beam of light shine down on a luxurious bed at The Gray Hotel in Milan. [from Sina Hotels]
Today we reinforce the importance of bedroom illumination with some swanky pictures that play up the elegant drama of boudoir lighting. Featuring urban condos, deluxe hotel rooms and contemporary creature comforts, the images below reinforce the fact that your sacred space of relaxation deserves no less attention than any other room in the house! [image below from Garret Cord Werner via Houzz]
Chalk out the exact spot for the table lamp before you start shopping for it [Design: Sullivan + Associates Architects]Wallpaper and table lamps add geo style [Design: Malcolm Duffin Interior Design]Industrial kitchen with large, unique table lamps [Design: Jarrett Design]2.
Sizing Things Up
Capri Bottle Lamp in green for the bedroom [Design: id 810 Design Group]Eclectic family room with plenty of color [Design: JBM Designs]Triple Gourd One Light Table Lamp by Robert Abbey Lighting [Design: Rachel Reider Interiors]5.
Lampshade and Shadows
Here is the tricky part when you are choosing a brand new table lamp. The height of the table lamp you pick is determined more by the room it sits in and the décor around the lamp. If you have a tall bedside table, then it goes without saying that a shorter lamp will do and vice versa. The general norm here is to pick a lamp where the bottom of the shade is at your eye level when you are seated or resting. This works whether you are shopping for a table lamp that fits your reading nook, a beside lamp, or even one that goes next to the couch in the living room.
Your bedroom lighting must also reflect and enhance the design theme and the color scheme that you have incorporated with such meticulous care. If you have a room that is glamorous and borrows elements from chic Hollywood Regency, then a gorgeous cascading chandelier is the perfect centerpiece. For those looking to go in the opposite direction and embrace a minimal theme, simple recessed lights coupled with sleek sconces like the Serge Mouille Lamp are the ideal choice. You can even bring in a cool hotel room vibe by opting for sconces that have a more traditional appearance.
In a world that is dominated by stunning chandeliers, amazingly creative pendant lights and bold floor lamps, the good ol’ table lamp might seem like a less fancy choice. But do not underestimate the value of a sturdy and elegant table lamp. When used right, the table lamp can bring symmetry, color, contrast, texture and of course illumination to any room it adorns. And today we take a look at how to buy the right table lamp that offers everything you need and a whole lot more –
Overhead lights add drama, and pendant lights are extra enticing with their geometric forms. Below we see two cylindrical pieces that nicely complement the room’s neutral shades. [from William Hefner Architecture, Interiors & Landscape via Houzz]
Be it the color of the lampshade or that of the bulb itself, a minute change in the hue and shade can alter the look of the bedroom completely. Warm and fuzzy white lights bring a sense of serenity and calmness and are great even for those passionate, romantic evenings and nights. Brighter lights tend to elevate the grandeur of the room and make it far more alluring. Lampshades also can be used to alter the appeal and even the color scheme of a modern bedroom. If the bedroom backdrop is predominantly neutral, then a simple switch in the lampshades can alter the accent hue of the space.
Clean modern bedroom with table lamps that usher in the metallic magic! [Design: Geremia Design]Lampshades unite the two different table lamps [Design: Deborah French Designs]7. Mix and Match
Identical bedside tables with twin table lamps are the best way to bring visual symmetry to the room. Just because it is the traditional approach to bedroom design does not mean you ought to throw it away. Sometimes the tried, tested and timeless methods can be rewarding as well!