The master bedroom is one of the most important spaces in any house, and homeowners work hard to make the room as comfortable as possible. A lot of thought goes into the placement of the bed, the positioning of the dresser, vanity table, and other furniture, but nothing will look or feel right without the proper lighting. At Lighting One, we love helping our stores discover new bedroom lighting options that they can pass on to their customers. If you’re hoping to redesign your bedroom, read on for some tips on how to create a successful layout!
What Purpose Does the Room Serve?
While this may seem obvious, as your bedroom is where you sleep, it’s still important to consider what other purposes the room can serve. Do you have a TV mounted on the wall, or perhaps a reading nook where you can curl up with a good book? If you watch TV or movies in your bedroom, you’ll want to be sure the overhead light doesn’t create too much glare on the screen. The design aspect known as “bias lighting” can help you backlight your screen and keep the light to the sides so you can see the picture clearly. If you like to read, either in bed or in your favorite chair, having a well-positioned floor or table lamp can save you from eye strain.
Picking a Lighting Style
Now that you know what lights you need, it’s time to decide on a fixture style or theme. Perhaps you want elaborate fixtures that lend a flourish to the decor of the room, or create a focal point that acts as inspiration for the artwork and decoration you’ll place in the room. Everything from the ceiling light to the wall lamps can influence the ambiance of the room, and even the smallest fixture can have an impact. You might be designing the room for the first time, or upgrading it after a remodel, but regardless of the reason, the style of lighting you choose plays a big part.
Think About the Walls
If you’re completely overhauling your bedroom, which includes new paint or wallpaper, it’s important to think about what color the walls will be and how they will react to and reflect the light. Darker colors will of course absorb light while brighter colors will reflect it, but it’s also important to think about the type of paint you use. Gloss or semigloss paint can create more shine or glare, while matte or flat paint will usually eliminate that issue. Thinking about what color your walls will be and what type of paint you’ll use will help when you’re picking out new light fixtures.
Putting Everything Together
Once you have your paint, your lights, and your decor, it’s time to put everything together. You may be doing the project yourself or you may have hired an interior designer, but either way, you want the room to come together the way you see it in your mind. The first thing will of course be installing the lighting and if you’re unsure about putting up a ceiling fixture or fan, it’s best to hire an experienced electrician. Placing and plugging in a lamp is usually no problem, but you’ll have to think about where the cords are and if they’ll be visible with how the furniture is placed. If you have artwork such as framed paintings or photographs that will be hung on the wall, think about how the light will reflect off the glass and how you can highlight each piece with the appropriate illumination. You may try putting the dresser in one spot and then decide it’s better on the other side of the room, but it’s good to remember that what’s most important is that you’re happy with how the room looks, feels, and functions.
If you’re shopping for new bedroom lighting, or you own a light store and want to have the best selection for your customers, contact Lighting One today. We can connect you with a lighting showroom near you, and for store owners, we can show you the benefits of joining our co-op program. Above all, we want you to have the best lighting solutions for every room in your house!