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Bedroom Lighting – 5 Styles to Inspire

What should make up a good bedroom lighting plan?  Even though bedrooms are mainly for sleeping, they shouldn’t be in darkness all the time. Getting your bedroom lighting correct is essential to making your bedroom a comfortable place to rest your head at night.

Bedrooms benefit from a mixture of fixed and portable lighting options, or layering as it is also known, using ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a balance for any mood or activity.

In most rooms of your house you will have standard downlights or ceiling lights installed, but don’t just leave your bedroom with this, by adding a table lamp or floor lamp, it can add another layer to your room.

Types of Bedroom Lighting

Task Lighting

Task lighting for your bedroom is as simple as it sounds … lighting that will help you perform tasks in the bedroom. It is also a great way to layer your bedroom lighting.

In our very busy lives, it is nice to settle yourself down in a quiet spot and reflect about your day, pull out your favourite book or magazine, and unwind. Creating this little spot of heaven in your bedroom is easily achieved with task lighting. Whether it be lighting your bedside area for reading in bed, or adding a floor lamp to a reading nook in your bedroom, both will help you complete task, while at the same time creating a calm, softly lit bedroom.

Floor lamps and bedside lamps are a great portable lighting option. Choose a style of lamp to suit your décor with various brightness settings, as this can be useful if you are reading at different times of the day, or if you do not have a lot of natural light.

Bedroom Lighting with Lamps

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the light that provides the overall illumination for your bedroom. Ambient lighting plays an important part in creating a specific atmosphere for the mood you are looking to achieve. Ambient lighting may be provided by downlights, or ceiling lights, or maybe wall sconces. By placing a pair of wall lights either side of a mirror or picture, it will also add a decorative element to your lighting plan.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is a directional light that’s main purpose is to provide a visual impact. With the aid of good lighting you can direct people’s attention to the items you want them to notice. If you want to highlight an artwork or a mirror, track lights or a back light behind a mirror is a good option in accent lighting.

Accent lighting in the bedroom may also serve the dual purpose of providing task lighting. Directed downlights or track lighting focused on a reading area in your room, or even, strip lighting to back light a headboard, may provide you task lighting, while still making a visual statement.

Bedroom Lighting with Accent Lighting

Bedroom Lighting Options

Recessed Fixtures

Recessed lighting is becoming very popular and is perfect for providing ambient or general lighting. Downlights can also be strategically placed to provide accent lighting to a specific area or feature of your bedroom. Combine recessed lighting with a variety of other options to create a balanced and restful mood.

Wall Sconces

A wall sconce is a fixed light fixture that is available in plenty of different styles, textures, and sizes.

The wall bracket means that sconces are a great space saving option, as they are simply attached to the wall without any additional support and are used instead of a bedside lamp.  By placing the wall sconces in pairs provides a central point in the bedroom.

Ceiling Fans with Lights

Ceiling fans with a light are a great way of creating one main light as well as getting the benefits of a ceiling fan. Many ceiling fans are designed especially for bedroom installations and are quiet during operation.

Use ceiling fans with light for ambient bedroom lighting

Bedside Lamps

Bedside lamps are an easy and versatile way to add a layer to any bedroom, and nothing is better than switching off the main light and settling down in bed under the warm glow of a lamp. With so many different styles available it will be easy to match with your current decor.


Pendant lights are perfect for providing ambient, or even task lighting, in your bedroom, as well as adding character and a focal point. Adding a pendant light to your room that reflects your style is important when creating a relaxing environment, after all, we will spend up to one third of our lives in our bedroom.

Bedroom Lighting using Pendant Lights

Rovert Lighting and Electrical showrooms have a wide variety of bedroom lighting options to choose from, and our experts will be on hand to guide you through creating the perfect lighting for your space. If you are unable to make it into the store during business hours then, check out the online range, where you can purchase your lighting anytime of the day or night, possibly even from the comfort of your bedroom!

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