How to Light a Modern Bedroom

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How to Light a Modern Bedroom

How to light a modern bedroom

Your guide to definitive bedroom lighting solutions

Ceiling lights or wall lights? Task or ambient lighting? Lighting your bedroom can be a difficult thing to get right. With numerous activities such as getting dressed, reading and of course sleeping all requiring different levels and types of light, it can be hard to find a versatile, ‘one size fits all’ solution.

We’ve created a brand new lighting guide to help you find the perfect balance in one of the most important and used rooms of your home: the bedroom.


For most daytime tasks, such as making the bed, tidying up or sorting laundry, you will require a decent quality of light. If this can’t be achieved with natural light alone then choosing a fixture that has a high lumen output will be crucial.

A collection of different sources of light from spots to pendants to wall and floor will create a high quality ambience and there are a number of different designs to suit any bedroom interior. If you are looking for a subtle luminaire, a light fixture specifically designed with the absence of a light shade to allow light to disperse around the room more evenly. Alternatively, if you’re after a statement piece to add texture and drama to your space opt for a decorative type fitting.


The most popular fitting for a bedroom has to be the pendant light. Overhead pendants are a practical choice if you have a good ceiling height and are looking for a fixture that has the ability to cast light across a whole room. Choosing a statement, standalone shade as your main lighting source has many benefits and will ensure your space is remembered.

They can be eye catching very eye-catching and provide warm, soft light in abundance. But remember to chose a size of pendant that reflects both the ceiling height as well as the size of the room.


Layering different types of lighting achieves a good overall atmosphere. Combinations of ceiling lights, wall lights, table lights and floor lights provide illumination at different levels and can be placed to brighten darker corners or spaces.

Mixing and layering fittings is also an easy way to tailor the levels of lights in your bedroom, depending on what you’re doing. For example, a floor light looks great in a corner of a bedroom, and also creates a great functional space for activities like reading. Pendant lights with optimum down-light levels can be positioned to illuminate specific areas and turned on as and when required for extra brightness.


Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than having to get out of a warm, cosy bed to switch off a light on the other side of the room. That’s why its crucial to consider task lighting when planning your bedroom layout.

There are a rich variety of bedside companions. From lighting which focuses light downwards to provide a softer glow – perfect for not disturbing your partner in bed if you want to read one more chapter before going to sleep. Furthermore, more abstract fittings which offer something more abstract. Light disperses through a birch dowel cage, creating shadows and textures that create alluring patterns in the dark


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