The intensity and colour of the light, the type of lamp and the room’s function, are some of the aspects you should consider when illuminating a bedroom to create a brilliant and versatile scheme.
To light a room, you have to start from the square meters available. Logically, it is not the same to illuminate 20 square meters than 50. The larger the room is, the more lighting sources we will need.
We must ensure that the lighting of the bedroom is as homogeneous as possible. Beside the dormitory characteristics, such as the size, we also must take into account the function of the room at different times of the day. It is not the same the light we might need for general tasks, such as getting dressed, cleaning and putting away laundry; than the light we need to read a book before bedtime.
A main light will always be necessary, either for a big or a small room. For an entire room’s illumination, we need a powerful and uniform light distribution trying to avoid shadows and dark patches.
If the bedroom is not too large, a central ceiling light (recessed light, spotlight…) with a low-watt bulb of about 20/30 watts, may be enough.
The choice of the light’s colour depends on personal taste, but we recommend to stick with warm and neutral tones, from 3000K to 4500K, to create a cosy and warm atmosphere. Especially if the décor includes dark furniture, a warmer light will be more suitable.
Pendant lights are particularly suitable to illuminate bedrooms with high ceilings. Depending on the overall look we will choose one style or another. There is a great variety of lamps on the market with classic, contemporary or vintage styles.
To decorate your room with a modern and simple flair, maybe the best option is to use recessed lights, especially if it’s a small room with low ceilings. This tip is also applicable for rooms that already have many decorative elements so we do not over-decorate them.
Some luminaires allow to adjust the light’s intensity and colour to suit the different lighting needs. Dimmable ceiling lights with starry effects can be an ideal choice for children’s rooms.
These types of luminaires are essential when it comes to getting up or going to bed, to watch television in a relaxing way or to read a book before bedtime. Instead of using the main light which can be excessive and uncomfortable in this moments, we can use a relaxing glow so vision doesn’t become strained.
We find several options for lighting the bed area. In double rooms, it is very common to have a table lamp on each side of the bed or, in case we do not have much space, using wall lights above or beside the bed headboard is a good option too.
A directional wall light is an excellent choice for book lovers to get the right light direction and avoid glare. Installing light switches beside your bedside can be very important, this way both lights can work separately and you do not disturb your partner.
In this case we do not need much wattage, a 4/5 watts LED light bulb in each lamp will be adequate, and also energy efficient.
On the other hand, a trendy and space saving solution is using pendant lamp holders with vintage style light bulbs above the bedside tables.Talking about the tone of light, we recommend creating a comfy and relaxing haven that entice you to rest, by choosing lights with warm colour temperatures, between 2500 and 3500K.
For children’s rooms, a good option is to use night light lamps, because besides the white light, they include a RGB illumination to provide a dim light that changes shading. If they also have clock and alarm, they become a very functional table lamps.
Workspace and reading lamps:
It is quite common, especially in youth rooms, to have a desk where a specific studying light is needed. Desk lamps with cold or neutral light would perfectly work here.
Some desk lamps are very versatile and allow to regulate the light colour and brightness, going through cold, neutral and warm temperatures, although the most suitable lights to read and study are the neutral ones, from 3500K to 4500K.
In conclusion, just as important is to choose the right luminaire, as the location to place them.
When choosing the lamps for the bedroom we must consider the different lighting needs: main light (provided by pendant lights, ceiling lights or recessed lights in the centre of the room), task lights (used to illuminate particular areas when doing something) and decorative lights (the one used to highlight details and illuminating a certain object).
The ideal, wherever possible, is to complement each other to create unique environments according to requirements at each time.