The bedroom is a place of relaxation and recovery, to recuperate from the day’s activities and prepare for tomorrow. When you consider lighting in a bedroom, remember that the goal is a quiet, peaceful mood with certain spots lit specifically for reading or other tasks. The design is dependant on the occupant’s age and lifestyle, so keep that in mind when choosing your options. Also keep in mind that dimmers can be of great help when adjusting lighting for different tasks.
The color scheme of the entire room can have an effect on the lighting. Light color on walls or furniture will reflect light far better than a darker color, so less light will be needed to provide an adequate mood. Natural light from windows can also help diminish the need for a lot of artificial lighting in a bedroom. Regardless of what your goal is when designing a lighting scheme, there will be a way to get it done. Dimmers give you excellent control of quick adjustments for a rapid mood change.
While designing a bedroom lighting plan, remember these two tips:
- Natural lighting is easily as important as any lights you can buy.
- The best artificial lighting options are soft and warm, to give that naturally relaxing feel.
The following few paragraphs will detail further tips that can help you choose a perfect lighting design for your bedroom. It will assist you in making a relaxing room to obtain that balance of light you desire for the ultimate in recovery from a long day.
First, choose a budget. There are thousands of lights to choose from, and the price of each of these can vary greatly, especially if you’re going for a more opulent scheme. The lighting itself should have a smooth transition between the lights and the walls or furniture, and should not contrast too much with what you already have. If you want to draw attention to a specific area, particularly a painting you’re proud of, wall sconces or other focused lights are an excellent option. Also remember that a romantic, light mood is the best way to relax from a terribly long day spent working. Table lamp shades come in hundreds of designs, and can go a long way towards creating that environment.
Up lights can create a beautiful effect when properly combined with task lighting, and dimmers can further increase the dramatic effects of a proper lighting scheme. Make sure that you have combined task and background lighting, as any room benefits greatly from a proper mix of the two. Too many lights will cause a variety of problems, so don’t go overboard with your purchases. Get enough lights to achieve the mood you want while remembering to not buy so many your room starts to look as bright as a hospital room. Bedroom lamps need to display a soft, warm glow. Using shades if the bulbs you have are too bright is a good option for style and softening the glow.
During the summer, sunlight tends to be a little too bright to use directly. Invest in some blinds that can be easily adjusted to control how much natural light floods the room. Try to get a light that can have a switch installed near your bed. Nothing is more annoying than getting comfortable and ready for sleep, only to have to cross the room to turn off that one last light. A good idea is to create an indirect light effect by having a shade or placing a light just above a cabinet or wardrobe. This allows for lighting to reach more of the room while not being directly in the way, or too brightly focused on one area. Dimmers are incredibly important, creating mood-altering effects in just a few seconds. Consider having at least one or two lights dimmable.
Any architectural features, particularly niches, should be kept in mind while designing a lighting scheme. Also make sure any shades you purchase are designed to prevent glare that could occur from overly bright light bulbs. If your bedroom ceiling is higher than the standard 8-9 feet, most bulbs may not provide enough light. If this is the case, consider a false ceiling installation to limit the space that needs to be lit, maximizing your light efficiency. If you’re doing any reading or writing, consider using a floor lamp with a shielded bulb. This will give you the light you need without causing unnecessary eye strain.
Indirect lights can create a very inviting effect on an area. Try using folding screens of fabric or thin wood, as they can provide an alternate to shutters while still diffusing light, and will create a unique effect that guests will remember. For lighting in any seating area, try using lights that are lower to the ground. Having a shielded light around face level is ideal. Floor lamps are usually placed in corners, and can help light to harder to reach areas in your bedroom. Behind the door is another place they can be located, but you must be careful in placing lights here to ensure opening the door won’t hit the light and knock it over. Vanity lights should be bright, but not too bright. Remember the mirror will reflect anything that glows too brightly, making it difficult to see. Lights above the mirror are the best ones for this situation. For any late night bedroom reading, many people use LED reading lights. Something that gives you enough light to read should also not be bright enough to cause a glare on your book or to disturb your partner.