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Ambient bedroom lighting

Author: Tina Pancholi
Published: September 6, 2012

A room that never sleeps

There was a time when the only reason anyone would ever go to their bedroom, would be to retire to bed. Sounds obvious and simple, but the modern bedroom is now so much more than just a ‘sleeping room’. People spend a lot of their evening time in the confines of their bedroom, on laptops, listening to music, watching movies and playing computer games. It’s no wonder then, that the way people deck out their bedrooms has really changed too. Gone are paisley covered duvets and flowery wall paper “complemented” by one single, dull lightshade hanging from the ceiling. Now we have stylish leather headboards, wooden floorboards and cool chrome lights. You can choose to have spotlights, downlights, uplights, floor lamps, dimmable lights, halogen lights and more - the choice is yours. So when trying to create that perfect bedroom - a place that holds exactly the right sort of ambience for working, playing and sleeping, what kind of lights should you go for?

Take a look at our handy guide to Bedroom Lighting and find out :

Romance on your mind

When wanting to create light that gets you in the mood for sleeping, it’s probably best to use a number of smaller lamps or wall lights, rather than a main light. This would produce cosy, soft lighting - the kind that helps your brain to switch off so you can fully relax. To help you wind down after a tough day, a traditional table lamp such as the Regal Table Lamp could be the one. The white finish is very beautiful, but unobtrusive - a classic design. (A cream alternative is also available)

Or, for even greater control over light emittance, take a look at the Suzie Cream Touch Table Lamp. This bedroom light is three stage touch dimmable. Have it on the lowest setting for sleep and relaxation - crank it up when reading or on your laptop. Also great for romancing. The satin chrome Base and faux suede shade gives a modern twist on a classic design.

A ladies’ choice

Ladies, if you have created the perfect women's boudoir and need a ceiling light that fits, the wonderfully glamorous Sassari 5 Light Semi-Flush could be the perfect choice. This polished chrome light with facetted glass droplets will add sparkle to any female room. This is a compact semi-flush fitting so it is well suited to rooms with lower ceilings or if you just want to add a touch of discreet glamour.

Say goodbye to the staid, hello to the opulence

If opulence is your middle name, then the Katie 5 Light Chandelier Decorative chandelier with acrylic arms and crystal decoration could be for you. This eye-catching light is completely dimmable, again allowing you to adjust the light to suit your mood. Create something special in your bedroom, by turning the light to high - the crystal drops will create sparkle that will lift your mood. If a softer light in the bedroom is your thing, simply turn it down.

For a ceiling light that is eye-catching, but won’t distract you from other tasks, choose the Phantom 7 Light Fitting. This ceiling light creates instant atmosphere thanks to its polished chrome finish and white shade design. Elegant but understated, you will be relaxed yet invigorated when using this lovely light.

Enlighten your evening

If the person hiding under the duvet reading with a torch is you, never fear - we have a range of reading lights that will create the exact right light for reading by, without disturbing your partner. An excellent choice is the Chamonix Reading Light. This polished chrome bedroom light has an LED reading light with snake neck that makes it easy to direct the light to exactly where you want it. You can have the white shade and reading light on at the same time, or either one that suits the task you are undertaking. Pinpoint that novel you can’t put down without pinpointing your partner’s face. This is an elegant but wholly contemporary choice.

For a more classic reading light, take a look at the Junius Wall Light Satin Chrome. This reading light doesn’t have an LED but still keeps the light contained to where it should be. You’ll be able to steam through your reading without disturbing anyone.

“Let there be ambience...”

You may want to choose lots of smaller lights over using a main light in your bedroom. This is great for casting shadows, warm glow and an atmosphere that is designed to relax you. The classically understated Axton Small Wall Light can help you do just that. It comes in an unobtrusive matt ceramic finish (and a choice of sizes), which can be left neutral or painted to match a colour scheme. If your bedroom is a haven from the rest of the world, use this wall light to help optimise its effect on you. Use one or two for a more subtle impact, or a larger number for more statement lighting.

Lighting with personality

If you want your bedroom to make a different kind of statement - if it’s the place you feel you can express that more creative side to your personality, choose the Italian-made Oxford Twin Wall Light. The classic design combines with the contemporary clear 24% lead crystal and polished chrome finish for a more dramatic impact. If you work in a staid office by day but want to imagine you’re in your bat cave at night, then this is the light for you.

Need more inspiration and advice? Try our Lighting Ideas section