Just like the perfect pair of earrings, bedside lights are the finishing touch a bedroom needs. But do you go for pretty pendants, detailed sconces, dynamic wall mounted lights or stick with classic lamps?
Citta stylist Sam Van Kan says pendant lights hung above a bedside table are becoming more and more popular in the bedroom. “They’re a great way to frame a bed, especially if you don’t have a bedhead. Hung at the right height, they can provide a soft, ambient light for your bedside.”
Pendants are a great option if bedside table real estate is being taken up by books, candles and phones. They also add a decorative element and create visual interest in a room.
When installing pendant lights ensure that the light itself will give off enough illumination to do tasks at night. You’ll also want to make sure they are hung at the right height. Van Kan suggests the bottom of the shade should hang below the eye line when sitting up in bed, and if you do have a bedhead to consider, about 1/3 from the top of the bedhead. If a pendant is hung too high it will look out of proportion and be totally un-practical as task lighting, too low and it will get bumped as you move in and out of bed. Making sure the pendant lights can be switched off from the bed is a must.
Wall mounted lights are a practical and flexible option. Like pendants, they free up space on a bedside table for other objects, and add visual wall decor element. Because they are mounted directly to the wall and not hung from the ceiling, it’s a cleaner, more minimal look.
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Unlike pendants, wall mounted lights come in swing and rotatable options, so their light can be directed away or to the bed.
Of course the classic option is the humble bedside lamp. And whilst it doesn’t quite offer the elegance and space wall mounted and pendant lights do, it’s not to say this can’t be a sophisticated option too (it’s all about the look).
Lamps offer one thing wall mounted lights and pendants cannot; the opportunity to re-arrange a room without too much hassle. Both physically; once pendants and sconces have been installed the bed will need to stay in that position until the room is re-wired, and decoratively; want to change styles? It’s a lot easier and quicker to change out a lamp than it is a wall mounted option.
Floor lamps will add height to a room and are the space saving solution if pendants aren’t an option.
But why not mix it up? Van Kan says “I’m a fan of having a mix of both a hanging pendant light and a table light on the opposite side. If the lighting has a common colour/material, then it will still feel cohesive.”
When choosing the look of a bedside light, consider the materials. A glass base will add sparkle and light to a room, a gold shade inner will cast a beautiful light and black offers a modern edge.
Light shades are a great way to add colour and pattern into a room. Got your eye on a lovely (but expensive) piece of fabric? A lampshade is a great way to incorporate it into your home, and because it doesn’t take a lot of fabric to create a shade, it won’t cost an arm and a leg.
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