April 12, 2019
Aside from the kitchen, the bedroom is probably the most used room in the home. Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping, either. Several other activities take place in this personal space, from sorting clothes to relaxing with a good book after a long day. Having the proper lighting in place makes performing these, and other, tasks much more feasible. There are three main types of bedroom lighting: general, task and accent. Each one is discussed below, along with a few examples of the kinds of fixtures that fall into each category.
It’s a good idea to start by thinking about general, or ambient, lighting first. This is the lighting used most frequently. It’s typically diffuse and non-directional. A centrally-located, ceiling-mounted fixture is usually the best option. If the ceiling isn’t practical, consider a strategically-placed floor lamp instead.
Flush-mount fixtures create diffused light, cutting down on shadows.
Semi-flush fixtures are often hung 8-12 inches from the ceiling.
Frosted or opaque glass works best in the bedroom to diffuse light.
Floor lamps are great when installing a celing fixture isn't possible.
Those who enjoy doing concentrated activities in the bedroom will appreciate the space being properly lit. Task lighting is often bright and directionally-focused. Fixtures can take on just about any form. The goal is to shed light specifically on whatever project is being carried out.
Table lamps are one of the most common types of bedside lighting.
Pendants often become part of the decor, themselves.
Sconces are great for tasks in bed, such as reading.
Accent lighting can be used to draw attention to a particular fixture or piece of artwork, while leaving more boring areas in shadows. Alternatively, it can be a great choice for more ambient, mood lighting - perfect for relaxing. Whatever the intention, there are lots of options available to suit any style of decor.
Light strings are great for setting a relaxing ambiance.
Recessed lights are perfect for drawing attention to items of iterest.
Candles are a timeless way to set the mood.
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