A girl’s bedroom lighting doesn’t have to be frilly. Let her personal taste shine through with fixtures in an array of styles.
When choosing lights for a child’s bedroom, it’s a good idea to keep the future in mind. If you choose fixtures that are appropriate for a boy or girl at a wide age range, you won’t have to replace them as often. Develop a lighting plan that will still be compatible with your child’s tastes as he or she matures. While table and floor lamps can easily be changed, you can save money over time by taking the long view.
You’ll need to think about safety as you choose your lighting fixtures and lamps. Designer and mother of boys Terry Ervin advises, “go with lighting that isn’t breakable — wood lamps, not glass or pottery. And recessed lighting is safer than ceiling or wall fixtures that can be hit with balls and paper airplanes. Be attuned to things that could fly through the air.”
Many children, particularly toddlers and preschoolers, feel more secure if there is a night light installed in their bedroom to ensure that if they wake up in the middle of the night, it isn’t pitch dark. Night lights are available in a range of styles and sizes, from licensed characters to night lights that play music. A small plug-in emergency light will provide light both at night and if the power goes out, a blessing during stormy nights if your child wakes up.
Not all night light styles are plug-mounted. Your child may like a small lamp on a dresser or bedside table that provides a small amount of light. Some nightlights project images on the ceiling, such as a constellation or a rainbow. Many are battery operated and turn off after a while.
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And, remember function. “Reading lights should be adjustable,” says Nancy Barrett, designer of Decorating Den Interiors. “So you can direct the beam right where you need it. And, three-way lamps, which have three levels of illumination controlled at the switch, are great. Even better: Install dimmers at all your wall switches.”
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A magical escape for pint-sized family members, the upper-floor bedroom is designed to withstand wear and tear.
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A room designed to grow with children, this play and sleep space for two features custom-built bunk beds and storage solutions that make organizing easy for kids.
For accent lighting, also consider string lights. Again, the possibilities are endless: create a fairytale princess look with clear mini-lights, or choose from a wide variety of styles using silk flowers, tiny ballet slippers, animals and other themes.
Designer Tracy Garfield infuses a young girl’s bedroom with green and blue hues for a playful, cozy space.
Try to imagine what a curious toddler might topple. “Babies can easily pull floor lamps over,” says Pam Ginocchio, co-founder of Project Nursery. “Be sure to secure lamp cords to the leg of a table, or to the wall.”
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Task lighting illuminates specific activities such as homework or reading. Sconces and lamps offer task lighting.
The lampshade you choose is another important decision, and an opportunity to personalize your lamp. “I love to buy inexpensive lamps and have the kids decorate the lampshade with trim, tassels, paint or decoupage. It’s an easy way to get them involved in the design,” says Barbara Tabak, designer of Decorating Den Interiors.
When designing a kid’s bedroom lighting, think about the activities that take place in the room. Does your child read in bed? Does she build with blocks or construct models? Does he do art or study in his bedroom? You’ll want to take these activities into consideration and remember to include task and accent lighting as well as ambient lighting.
Instead of buying lamps in the shape of a licensed cartoon character, which children quickly outgrow, consider their interests. Art, sports and other games and nature themes can all evolve as your child grows. Don’t be bound by gender stereotypes, particularly with regard to color. Many girls like shades of blue and green, and a boy’s room can be every bit a boy’s room with red, yellow, purple and other bright hues. Let your child’s individual tastes shine through.
Lighting is possibly the most overlooked element in any room’s design — and also one of the most important, particularly in a multifunctional space like a child’s room.
Desks, computer tables and art areas call for task lighting in the form of desk or floor lamps, or a well-placed hanging lamp or wall lamp. Floor lamps can illuminate dark corners and, paired with a comfy lounge or bean-bag chair, can create a cozy nook for reading or journal writing.
A kid’s room should be full of creativity and have a spot for a little imagination. In this boy’s room, a cool teepee provides a place for playing or hiding away to read a good book.
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The right mix of hues will help create a bedroom color scheme your girl will love.
A girl’s room can be a great place to get creative: search thrift stores and yard sales for vintage lamps, which can often be repurposed with a new shade or a coat of paint. She can exercise her own creativity by painting or adding embellishments to the lampshade. If your girl likes Dora, Hello Kitty or the Disney Princesses, you can often find lamps and lamp shades that feature licensed characters.
The styles that are available range from mini crystal chandeliers to contemporary geometric fixtures in bold sweeps of color. If she’s old enough, you can let your girl have a say in her bedroom lighting, keeping a few things in mind.
Wall lights can add a touch of elegance to your bedroom while providing the light you need.
Accent lighting highlights architectural and design elements. A recessed ceiling fixture positioned to shine on a favorite piece of artwork is an example of accent lighting.
Ambient lighting creates a pleasing overall glow. Overhead fixtures, both ceiling-mounted and recessed, provide ambient light.
As with the lighting in any bedroom, don’t forget the importance of layers. Most rooms need ambient (general) lighting, task lighting for reading and other tasks, and accent lighting to highlight artwork, plants and other features. Will she be doing homework in the room? Watching TV or using a computer? What about art and other hobbies? Think about all of the activities that could happen in the room and plan accordingly.
Use recessed lighting around the perimeter of the bedroom, and hang a pendant light or small chandelier over the bed. Wall sconces or a hanging light on each side of the bed can serve as bedside lights for reading, freeing up room on nightstands for books, electronics and other items. Wall lights with movable arms are a particularly good choice for reading areas, since they can be adjusted to the reader’s needs.
Natural light is important in any child’s room. If you’re remodeling, consider larger windows or even a skylight, so she can star gaze at night.
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Natural light is important in a kid’s bedroom. If your remodeling project involves construction, consider larger windows or even a skylight, so she can star gaze at night.
Use recessed lighting around the perimeter of the bedroom, and hang a pendant light over the bed. Wall sconces or a hanging light on each side of the bed can serve as bedside lights for reading, freeing up room on nightstands for books, electronics and other items. Wall lights with movable arms are a particularly good choice for reading areas, since they can be adjusted to your child’s needs.
When you think of lighting for a girl’s bedroom, it’s easy to turn to the standard flowers, lace and princess motifs. But think outside the lines and you’ll find there are many different fixture types and styles to fit any girl’s taste.
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Sugar, spice and everything nice was the inspiration behind this little girl’s dance-inspired bedroom by designer Dahlia Mahmood.
Create a warmth and romance in your bedroom with decorative string lights, which come in a wide range of styles and can be tailored to fit your decor.
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Think about safety and light control when adding a playful window treatment to your child’s bedroom.
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Designer Candice Olson created the ultimate girl’s getaway by turning a small bay window into the background for an inspiring workstation and craft area. The white built-in desk unit provides plenty of drawers, cubbies and cabinets for keeping supplies tucked away and out of sight. Dramatic magenta track curtains create an easy separation between workspace and sleep space.
When choosing lights for a kid’s bedroom, take the long view.
Using an airplane bed as her centerpiece, designer Dahlia Mahmood relied on creative design elements to create this eclectic kids’ bedroom.
“Don’t go too small,” says Susanna Salk, designer and author of Room for Children. “People tend to think tiny for a child’s room, but bold, chunky lamps — especially in pairs, like on each end of a dresser — look really great.”
Every room must have both ambient and task lighting. Accent lighting is the icing on the cake, the element that makes all the hard work you put into choosing the right wall hangings, hand-painted murals, showstopping window treatments and more shine through.