A Guide to Ambient Bedroom Lighting
Choosing lighting for bedrooms can be a challenge. As a general rule of thumb, we always like to have a minimum of four sources of light in a room at varied heights. In bedrooms specifically, it’s nice to have the option to have both a swing arm lamp (either positioned for reading light or to better light the entire room) and a table lamp for ambient lighting. In this bedroom, for example we were able to include a swing arm reading lamp on the wall and a ceramic table lamp on the bedside table.
Below, in this client’s master bedroom, we have an overhead light, two swing arm lights on either side of the bed for reading at night, a lamp on the dresser opposite the bed and a pair of task standing lamps to provide additional ambient light. The swing arm lights are being installed close enough to the bed and high enough so that you can easily reach over and turn the on/off switch if you are reading. If additional lighting is desired, a pair of lamps could also be added on top of the bedside tables.
In the guest bedroom, where the look is a little more modern and whimsical (we’re using Quadrille’s Arbre de Matisse wallpaper here) a pair of mid-century sconces work well on either side of the bed providing nice task lighting.
Are you having trouble finding lighting solutions for one of your bedrooms? Comment with a question and we’ll try and help you out!