Your bedroom should be a retreat, an escape from life’s craziness, a place to relax. Your lighting should help create the atmosphere you want and need. A mixture of soft, ambient lighting and bright spots of task lighting is essential. Consider these choices as you seek to create a space that’s both useful and soothing.
* Chandelier. Ceiling fixtures provide general ambient lighting. Chandeliers add style and a decorative focal point. Today’s chandeliers come in a wide choice of finishes, from bronze and nickel to alabaster and chrome. They also vary from modern to traditional, so you can easily find a style that blends in with your home’s décor. Pink chandeliers are a particularly nice touch for a girls bedroom.
* Ceiling fixtures, fanlights, wall sconces and recessed downlights. All of these will give you the illumination you need to dress and see into drawers, without overwhelming.
* Portable lamps. These are great choices for task lighting, and provide plenty of light for reading. Swing-arm wall lamps free up space on end tables, but still give you the light you need. You could also hang pendants next to your bed or install recessed downlights in the ceiling over the bed.
* Closet lighting. Choose recessed or close-to-the-ceiling fixtures to get the general lighting you need without taking up much space. This is an excellent place to use compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), which give you the light you want while saving you energy costs.
If you have a dressing table, add an adjustable, lighted magnifying mirror for the task lighting you need.
The bedroom is also an excellent location for dimmer controls, so that you have the flexibility to vary the light to create different moods.
How you combine ambient lighting versus task lighting depends on the age and lifestyle of the bedroom’s main occupants. And older person may want more task lighting, while someone younger will appreciate more general lighting.
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