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Top Tips from the Experts on Finding the Right Lighting for Your Bedroom

We all consider our bedrooms our haven – a place where we can relax and be ourselves, perhaps spend a bit of time alone and refresh our minds. Of course, the bedroom is also the place where we sleep, and it needs to be comfortable and cosy enough for a well-deserved snooze. But many bedrooms today still lack the right lighting for them to be practical and efficient, and if you want your bedroom to give you the right combination of relaxation, the performance of tasks or work, and more, then you'd best pay attention to the lighting you choose for it. If you want to transform your bedroom's look with the proper lighting, here are some top tips from the experts on finding the right lighting for your bedroom.

Developing lighting for the modern bedroom

If you want to make your bedroom a truly modern, contemporary space and you are serious about your lighting needs, you can start by drawing out a floor plan for your furniture, so you can measure all that’s in the bedroom and find out where your sockets are. You can then focus on certain elements, such as artwork, where you can install spotlights on the ceiling. You can install semi-flush lighting or pendant lighting above the bed as long as it is not hung too low (a good rule of thumb is about 12 inches down from the bedroom's ceiling). If you prefer your bedroom to have a more modern look, here's another thing you can do, according to the experts: go for larger fixtures rather than fixtures of a standard or small size. This can increase your bedroom's scale and presence as well.

The importance of layering and balancing

Layering and balancing are considered essential when it comes to bedroom lighting, so make use of several kinds of lighting fixtures. For instance, you can put a floor lamp right next to a bedroom lounge chair or chaise longue, and place table lamps on each side of the bed. You can even highlight your dresser with an attractive table lighting fixture. Take advantage of shades if you want that nice, comforting glow, and make use of indirect lighting through sconces or cove lighting. Spotlights do well at emphasising or drawing attention to the artwork on the wall or an architectural feature as well.

It's not really about symmetry, either – it's not important to make sure lights are distributed evenly – the point is to make the lighting look interesting so the eye can travel from one element or fixture to the next. Here's another tip if you want brilliant ambience: mix and match fixtures such as a floor lamp placed next to a corner armchair or lounge chair and install pendant lighting as a statement in the middle of the room. You can then finish the overall ambience with bedside lamps. Voila, now you have excellent bedroom lighting!

The bedroom as a place to read, work, and more

Today, we use bedrooms not just for sleeping, but also for reading, working, and conversing or hanging out with family. The key to this is to create flexibility with your lighting choices and make sure you can control the level of lighting in the bedroom as well, as the lighting specialists from suggest. For example, rather than a big central overhead lighting fixture, you can opt for lighting for each individual area. For desks, use task lighting, and install overhead pin lighting as well so the space is better illuminated. If you want to read with a table lamp, choose a light shade rather than a dark or black shade; darker shades make reading more difficult. If you aren’t a big reader, you can go for something more artistic or sculptural, such as a blown-glass lighting fixture. Enjoy!

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