No matter the style, a bedroom should always promote calm and relaxation. And while things like soft sheets, clutter-free surfaces, and décor that speaks to personality are all important parts of the package, there's one other ingredient that can make or break the sanctuary, as it directly impacts mood and well-being: lighting.
In a study evaluating lighting's effect on the mood of people who work indoors, researchers found what you might expect: "The light and color of the workplace itself also had an influence on the mood of persons working there. The workers' mood was at its lowest when the lighting was experienced as much too dark. The mood then improved and reached its highest level when the lighting was experienced as just right, but when it became too bright the mood declined again."
Basically, it's okay to act like Goldilocks when you're selecting the lights for any space you spend a lot of time in, like your bedroom, seeing as the stakes are pretty high. But don't let that intimidate you. In fact, lighting is one of the most exciting parts of the decorating process, as it allows you to get creative with how you meld function with form.
Now for the fun part—let's talk about design. Ahead, we break down four bedroom lighting ideas, with styling tips and shopping suggestions for each. Just think of all the bright ideas that are about to come to you in your dreams.
To Utilize Floor Space, Opt for a Floor Lamp
If you have enough floor space in your bedroom for a tall lamp, this can be a great way to bring in an additional light source while also picking up on décor details throughout your room. You get to choose whether it adds a sense of cohesion or makes a style statement.
Architectural and unique yet slim in silhouette, this floor lamp is the perfect thing to place by an armchair or even next to the bed. It comes in an array of neutral hues, from black to brown clay and white, but we're really feeling this light gray one for a casually bold look.
With a metal eyeball socket shade, this '60s-inspired slim arc light is the perfect way to bring in personality without having to rely on bulky furniture items or extra décor clutter to get the job done.
To Make a Statement Overhead, Opt for a Pendant
If you have high ceilings or your flushed mount needs some love, opt for a pendant or chandelier. This ensures that the most important functional element of the room (aside from the bed maybe) also makes a style statement. So transform your overhead lighting into something beautiful rather than having to cluster a bunch of plug-in light sources.
This matte clay pendant boasts a modern yet laid-back coastal feel. Hanging it next to the bed as a night light instead of going for the standard bedside table lamp will give your room an offbeat, cool ambiance.
Let your pendant light take center stage in the bedroom. This modern take on the chandelier is bursting with personality and always makes a statement, yet it also blends nicely with a variety of décor schemes and environments.
This organic light is a classic. The materials allow it to emit a soft glow, so this should be a go-to for anyone looking to mix Japanese and Scandinavian design while also avoiding harsh artificial light.
To Make Use of Surfaces, Opt for a Table Lamp
Similar to a floor lamp, a good table lamp is a perfect reading light, and you can add it to your bedroom desk or an end table. Since they're on the smaller side, you won't have to worry that they'll over-light your space or cast unflattering shadows from too many sources. They're also an easy way to incorporate pops of color or contrasting materials and textures into your room. At the same time, they can help create consistency and draw upon other details throughout the room to build a theme.
To Maximize Space, Opt for a Sconce
And last but not least, let's talk sconces and wall lighting. Using your wall space for things like storage and light sources is a great way to open up the space and limit clutter. There's also just something that feels refined and grown-up about sconces. Flanking your bed with them in lieu of table lamps on a bedside table can create a beautiful sense of symmetry. That being said, depending on what kind of wall light you choose, sconces are usually better for indirect light.
Super sophisticated without looking ostentatious, this sconce would look gorgeous in any environment, no matter the style.
If you want to set the mood with indirect light, this is about as cool as it gets. The polished steel chrome finish is sleek and glam.
And now that we've covered bedroom lighting ideas, read about the bedding essentials our editors can't live without.