No matter the style, a bedroom should always promote calm and relaxation. And while things like soft sheets, clutter-free surfaces, and decor 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.
According to a study, light and color have the ability to influence people’s mood, both at a biological and psychological level. So 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. Explore four of our favorite ways to bring in a little light.
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 decor 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, skinny floor lamps are the perfect thing to place by an armchair or even next to the bed. Most likely, it will come in an array of neutral hues, from black to brown clay and white. At the moment, we're really metal eyeball socket shades and '60s-inspired slim arcs. Old-school lamps are the perfect way to bring in personality without relying on bulky furniture items or extra decor clutter to get the job done.
Try a Chandelier
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 bedroom (aside from the bed) 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.
We're loving the look of matte chandeliers that boast 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.
When you hang your chandelier, make sure to center it on the ceiling, not over the bed.
Don't Forget About Table Lamps
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.
Hang Some Sconces
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.