We use our bedrooms for all sorts of activities besides sleeping. Whether it’s watching television, reading your favourite novel, studying or as a dressing room, ensuring that your bedroom is correctly lit is an important part of you being able to efficiently carry out these daily activities.
Yet when it comes to choosing the right lighting for your bedroom, it can be all too easy to go for the prettiest looking lamp or overhead light, without it actually being the best solution for effectively lighting up your bedroom.
So when it comes to choosing the best lighting for your bedroom, here are five tips to take into consideration which should make the process that little bit easier.
What is the size of your bedroom?
First thing’s first, no matter whether you’re purchasing a ceiling light, floor lamp or table lamp, it’s important that your lighting is in proportion to the size of your bedroom.
A larger bedroom, for example, would be able to accommodate for a larger size of light, whereas in a smaller bedroom, this may run the risk of making your bedroom look overcrowded and cluttered.
Try drawing a floor plan of your bedroom and take some rough measurements. You can take this with you when visiting a lighting showroom who’ll be able to guide you as to the best options suitable for the size of your room.
Layer the lighting
A great tip when looking to light up any room, including your bedroom, is to layer the lighting.
In House Beautiful’s 7 Lighting Mistakes You’re Making, they highlight that we often rely solely on one source of lighting which is most likely the ceiling light.
By incorporating different layers of lighting, for instance having a ceiling light, a desk lamp and then a floor lamp, the different levels of light help to create a warmer and more interesting ambience in the room.
Control the brightness
The primary role of lighting is to create illumination fur us to be able to successfully undertake our various tasks as discussed previously, however, it’s important that you ensure that your light achieves the correct level of brightness.
The correct term when talking about brightness is ‘lumens’ and is important to understand how this works to ensure that you choose the right style of lighting.
We spoke to Oberoi Brothers Luxury Lighting who said that, ‘if you’re purchasing a table lamp to use as a reading lamp or perhaps as a desk lamp, opt for at least 50 Lumens, whilst if the aim is to create a relaxing environment in a bedroom, opt for something a little less bright.’
Therefore, it’s important that you consider what the role of your lighting will serve to ensure that you correctly choose the most appropriate lumen for your bedroom so that you can efficiently carry out your activities, and that the best atmosphere is achieved.
Create a mood or theme
When choosing new lighting, it’s vital that you take into consideration the current style of your bedroom. As highlighted in Freshome’s article ‘Creating the mood is what lighting’s second duty is. It first illuminates and then makes you have an experience.’
Every room has a certain mood or theme, whether it’s white walls and white bedding for a more minimalistic feel, or a bedroom with bright, bold colours filled with your favourite things.
So when it comes to matching lighting to your room, take into consideration colour, style, size and how bright the light is. Taking a look through interior magazines could help to give you a bit of inspiration about which designs could look great in your bedroom.
Consider the height of your ceilings
Ceiling lighting should cast an even brightness around the room. It’s essential that you work out the height of your bedroom ceiling, as this will certainly contribute to which style you end up going for.
A ceiling which is higher than 8ft, for example, means that you could look at a light which is generally larger and which hangs down, such as a chandelier or multi-level pendant light. However, for a lower ceiling, this could look too obtrusive and run the risk of making your bedroom appear smaller than it actually is.
Instead, a semi-flush or flush light would look more appropriate in terms of size, and would make sure that the height of your bedroom is not lessened in any way.
Armed with these five top tips, you should hopefully find choosing the perfect lighting for your bedroom quite straightforward. For more useful advice on how to perfectly light up your bedroom, make sure to take a look at The Telegraph’s article.