Find the Right Height
Ever wondered how to right-size a bedside lamp? For an ideal height, look for lamps that cast the light at the height of a book held in bed. The bottom of the lampshade should be about 20 inches above the mattress, so pages are clearly illuminated.
Use Multiple Sources
During daytime hours, natural sunlight can do much of the work for illumination. For other times, use layers of light. A ceiling fan provides overall light, while lamps throughout the room offer task and accent lighting. If you're unsure about mixing and matching fixtures, start with families of light products. They guide the design work for you and offer many sizing options.
Add Ambient Light
Supply ambient light in the bedroom with a style-setting chandelier. Long relegated to the dining room, these elegant beauties are the perfect crown for a royal bedroom, too.
Tip: Wire the chandelier to a dimmer switch so you can control the light level.
See how to install a dimmer switch.
Pay Attention to Scale
Proportion is key to a serene bedroom retreat, and it's important to choose lighting fixtures that comfortably fill the space they occupy. For example, this room's bold, boxy chandelier matches the scale of the bed.
Tip: In a modestly scaled space, make sure to leave at least 7 feet between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor.
There's power in shapes and the way they can enhance a room's decor. Here, the bold patterns on the comforter and shams cooly complement the shapely silhouettes of these matching bedside lamps.
Make a Bedside Display
In addition to its functional role of providing task lighting, the bedside lamp has a decorative role as the star of a bedside tablescape. This balanced grouping creates a secondary focal point beside the bed, giving your eye a pleasing place to rest.
Learn lighting tips and trends with these five hot lessons in scale, color, and more.
Free up bedside tables from lamp duty and bring light right where you need it by installing swing-arm fixtures above the bed.
Keep It Bright
Resist the urge to choose lampshades that are too dark, which can make a bedroom feel gloomy. Use shades that diffuse the light, as well as lower-lumen lightbulbs. Enlist additional fixtures when more bright light is needed.
Sconces offer a dramatic alternative to bedside table lamps. In this bedroom, low sconces wash walls with light. If you opt for wall fixtures, wire them to dual switches, one within reach of the bed and one by the door. That way, you can turn on the lights when you enter the room and turn them off after you get into bed.
Share a Bedside Lamp
Twin beds can share a bedside lamp if space is tight. This bedside lamp is decorative without being overdone, and its base's color and form complement the room's design aesthetic.
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