Bedrooms are used for much more than just sleep. It’s one of the most multifunctional rooms in the house and that’s why it can be so difficult to find the right lighting for it. The best solution is to have enough natural light and to utilise the curtains as much as you can.
Obviously, this solution isn’t available to everyone especially when it comes to people who live in a crowded urban environment. Nevertheless, choosing the right lights requires some thought, so here are a few things you need to consider.
Before buying any lighting fixtures, make sure you’ve measured the room and noted down the locations of the outlets. It’s also advisable to have a rough idea of where the furniture is going to be, at least when it comes to the larger pieces. Height is also a very important factor, especially when it comes to bedrooms because they tend to have a bit lower ceilings than other rooms. You need to know the square footage, the number of “foot candles” needed (it determines how bright the light is one foot away from the source) and the lumens per foot candle. An average bedroom takes 10-20 foot candles and that number is multiplied with the square footage to get the lumens needed.
There are no clear rules on how and where to use task lights; they are based on your individual needs and the way you spend time in the bedroom. That’s what makes them a great opportunity for interior designers to experiment and show creativity. For instance, reading lights in the bedroom could be wall-hung to make the space seem larger and more open. Table lamps, especially heavy and decorative ones, have the same purpose, but they offer a different, old fashioned and rustic look.
A sconce lighting fixture is a nice addition to any bedroom. It can serve as a night light for kids or for those who have trouble sleeping, and it also provides a lovely ambiance. Installing one is a bit tricky and if you get confused or overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to call an electrician from Colyton to lighten the load for you. The work shouldn’t take longer than one afternoon and it really changes the room.
Geometric light fixtures are becoming a bit of a trend. They used to be a trick for making tiny rooms look more spacious. The geometric shapes of the shadows make the rooms seem taller, especially if they are combined with some interesting artwork placed at the eye level. The diamond shape is the most common one because it’s simple, elegant and strange enough to do what it’s supposed to. Glass pedant lights can look industrial which is great for minimalist room designs, or even elegant and luxurious for those with a more modern taste.
The closet often gets overlooked even though it’s the part of the room that would benefit the most from having a good lighting. Try to imitate sunlight and go for as bright light as possible. Install a few fixtures with multiple light sources to make every detail visible. It’s also a good idea to paint the closet a bit warmer than the rest of the bedroom and make it more cosy-looking and intimate. It is a rather private room after all.
When lighting a bedroom you need to have in mind that the room should be used for resting and that the lights need to be subtle. However, for some people it’s also a study, so don’t hesitate to use task and accent lights as well.
April 19, 2017