3+ Keys to Perfect Bedroom Lighting

3+ Keys to Perfect Bedroom Lighting

You spend plenty of time in your bedroom, so you want it to be perfect. Aside from furnishing it, lighting is one of the key factors to a well designed bedroom. When you start to look at lighting all the different types of lights can be confusing, but fortunately here at Keidel, we’ve broken it down for you.

Let us introduce – ‘The Great Pyramid of Bedroom Lighting!’

This pyramid is an easy way to understand how to light your room. You start by establishing your base and slowly work your way up the pyramid one step at a time. By the time you’re at the top you have a perfectly lit bedroom!

Let’s take a look at each layer of the pyramid:

Ambient Lighting – Your Base

The base of your bedroom lighting should be ambient, or general, lighting. Ambient lighting’s purpose is to provide general lighting to the entire room and establish a base to build your lighting off of. Typically you want ambient lighting to be soft and have a wide reach, making your day to day activities in the bedroom viable.

This chandelier is a great example of ambient or general lighting

You can use a variety of light types for your ambient lighting but most are ceiling focused. Flush/semi-flush mount ceiling lights, chandeliers, pendants, recessed, and track lighting are all great options. If you’re feeling creative you an also use a floor lamp to accomplish this as well.

Task Lighting – The Second Layer

After you’ve established a general base for your lighting, it’s time to personalize it to how you use your bedroom. The second layer of the pyramid, task lighting, is designed to help you with a specific task such as reading in bed (the most common use of task lighting). Task lighting is more focused than ambient lighting, and may even use cooler lighting to help you focus and remain alert.

A table lamp is one of the more common examples of task lighting

Some common types of lights to use for task lighting include table/desk lamps, sconces, or other wall mounted lighting.

Accent Lighting – The Third Layer

We’re nearly to the top of the pyramid so it’s time to talk about accent lighting. The purpose of accent lighting is to highlight a feature of the room, such as artwork. This is where you really get to show some character in the room, so get creative in how you utilize accent lighting!

These pendant lights are a great example of accent lighting as they are highlighting the wall display in this photo.

You can use plenty light types to accent your room, but some common ones include pendants, lamps, or even recessed lighting! Have fun with it and add character to your bedroom lighting setup.

The Top of The Pyramid – Bonus Lighting Features

You’ve done it. You’ve built a beautiful pyramid of lighting in your bedroom. Now it’s time to talk about a few bonus features you can use to

Smart and Tech Enabled Lighting

If you’re looking to add some technology to your lighting, there are plenty of ways to do it! One popular one is Philips Hue, which allows you to remotely change the brightness, color, or even automate when your lights turn on and off with programs like IFTTT.

Dimmer Switches and Bulbs

Another piece to consider is using a dimmer switch and bulbs to add to your room. This helps transition into sleep, and can help set the mood depending on the time of day.

That’s all there is to it! If you’re thinking about remodeling your bedroom and need some lighting inspiration, follow us on Instagram on Pinterest!

Or if you’re ready to make the jump and start, get in touch for a free consultation now!