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Designing Room-by-Room: Illuminating the Bedroom

Designing Room-by-Room: Illuminating the Bedroom


While a flush mount ceiling fixture and two bedside lamps still define the standard bedroom scheme, thoughtful planning can recast the sleeping room as a welcoming refuge from not only the chaos of the external world, but also other more hectic parts of the home. Semi-flush mounts allow you to choose more intricately designed fixtures that do not consume much vertical space, while chandeliers and larger-scale lantern pendants can make open space of high ceilings seem more intimate. 

Reading by the bedside is certainly possible with a pair of portable lamps set upon the night-tables. However, a swing-arm sconce can serve the same purpose, while keeping table space free for other effects. Low-hung pendants too can facilitate reading, with more dramatic design impact. 

Dressing areas require lighting that is independent from overhead ambient lighting so that clothing colours and textures can be chosen with conviction. Also, overhead lighting will disturb someone still sleeping, while sconces and portables can concentrate light only in the area where it is needed. 

Relaxation is important to an experience of the bedroom as a place of respite and rejuvenation. A chaise lounge with a view out the window can be a great spot to gaze and unwind. With the addition of a hanging pendant, or a cluster of smaller ones, you can transform the chaise into a cosy nook for reading. Slender floor lamps can be placed alongside a loveseat or chair-and-a-half to create intimate seating in spots that lack the added space needed for table-top lamps. 

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