A bright and airy light-filled bedroom and living room would be delightful for entertaining family and friends and connecting to the outdoors, drawing nature in. Having luminous interiors can help to boost your mood and reduces the need for using artificial lighting.
It also helps to enhance the color and aesthetic of the design elements within your room. Light infused spaces in newer homes is very much on trend. Unfortunately there are a lot of older homes that are more dark, so you have to find creative ways to draw light in. If you are not lucky enough to have floor to ceiling walls of windows in your home, you can still bring light in with some clever tricks.
Painting your walls white not only makes your room feel more spacious, it also helps to bounce light throughout your space. Placing mirrors in your room helps to reflect natural light, tricking your eyes into thinking a room is more spacious and bright. Additionally, you want to de-clutter your room as much as possible, the better the flow around your space, the more it feels open and light.
One other thing you may want to consider if you have it in your budget is to install skylights or a Solatube tubular daylighting device; an alternative solution for when traditional skylights and windows just cannot work in your design and space constraints. Whatever your needs might be, we have put together a wonderful collection of inspiration for you to enjoy. So prepare to be inspired, whether you are looking for ideas for a new build, renovating your living room, or just enjoy looking at some incredible interior spaces, we have something for everyone. Enjoy!
Although the bedroom is the place where we retire to relax, it is often neglected when arranging our home. In addition to walls, floors, furniture and windows, artificial lighting also plays an extremely important role, as it is particularly important to adjust the light to the different conditions of use. The bedroom needs a general lighting but also an accent one, both with wall and ceiling light sources. You may have never done a statistic, but the bedroom is the room where we spend a third of our time, and since light sources also influence our mood (maybe more than all the other decor elements), they should be chosen with great care. Careful.
First of all, you should know that there are 3 types of lighting – general, the one for different activities and the accent. Ideally, the lighting of any room, and therefore even the bedroom, should be done in all three layers.
General or ambient lighting
It has the same function as natural sunlight, bathing the whole room in light. Most rooms are equipped with overhead lighting. However, lighting above the head may be far inadequate, both in terms of design and functionality. More lights above your head flatten the space, making different textures, colors, or prints in your bedroom look dull, gloomy, and gloomy. And they don’t deserve that. Provide more elegant general lighting by replacing a simple body with a chandelier. Recessed or in-line lights have a more modern look in the bedroom and work well for small interiors. For a quick burst of color, hang a paper lantern or translucent paper parasol from the ceiling.
Lighting by types of activities
Some rooms serve as offices, children’s play areas, study rooms and libraries or even workshops. These multiple functions require adequate lighting, including in the bedroom, where we can read, write, sew, crochet or have intimate moments. Spotlights placed in line and recessed bodies, with light bulbs, can function as a lighting system on types of activities. More typically, people use desk lamps or floor lamps. A richly decorated floor lamp placed next to a stylish armchair or a vividly painted desk lamp make an elegant, traditional statement, while a chrome or stainless steel lamp gives a contemporary advantage. For an explosion of color and sculptural details, try a pendant light, or a series of pendants,
One of the best ways to set a mood or complete a bedroom decor theme is by accent lighting. Making accent lighting can involve little more than a string of lights to highlight a work of art, a window, and so on. So, you can spend a lot of time and spend large sums of money designing a sophisticated accent lighting plan. Hang a chandelier, mini-chandelier or ceiling fan above the bed and mount on the wall sconces or lamps on both sides of a shelf with the collection of souvenirs or a large piece of art.
Choosing lights for your bedroom remodel can be fun, but it’s best to have a plan to make sure the new space really looks the way you want it. To determine the perfect mood for the bedroom and at the same time provide the right light, you need a plan. Just as you plan the color scheme or purchase of furniture to meet your needs and preferences, so you need to be very careful about the fences and features of the room when designing your lighting plan.
The most efficient lighting plans incorporate all three types of lights to meet the needs of those who use this room. As you set up the layout of the light layers, remember that bedroom lighting should create a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, using soft, flattering ambient light and providing bright spots where they are needed.
When developing a bedroom lighting project, first consider the size of the surface and the height of the ceiling. Measure several times. Then look for the types and sizes of lighting fixtures that best fit the proportions of the room. There are several specialized sites (some in English – hgtv.com) that offer dozens of tips and ideas to help you choose the ideal bodies that fit both the size of the room and the style of decoration.
Next, it’s time to become a little more personal and consider the style of the bedroom. The luminaires are available in an almost endless range of sizes, styles and prices. Would you prefer the traditional style, more modern approaches or a mixture of the two? You can decide to install recessed lights, a good choice for ambient lighting in any room; on the other hand, mounting a single body in the middle of the ceiling or a chandelier can be rather your style. Ceiling fans can both provide light and control the climate, and wall lamps, placed quite high, can provide an ambient light.
Many designers recommend including more lights of lower power , as opposed to one or two very bright bodies. For more flexibility, use dimmers for ambient lighting, which you can adjust to your mood and activities. Softer bulbs can also keep bedroom light away from being unpleasant or striking.
Layer overhead lighting with bedside lamps, or install pendant lights or wall lights with swinging arms. Do you have artwork or photos on a bedroom wall? This is where you can approach accent lighting. Don’t forget the secluded places for reading, the dressing area and the closets. These surfaces should be part of the overall lighting plan, not left in the background.
Whether you are retiring to a smaller or larger bedroom, the room in question will certainly be used more than just for sleep. Dark bedrooms are great for sleeping, but too little light prevents you from doing many other things.
Since lighting can range from basic to very bold or faded to dramatic, these tips will help you choose the right style for your bedroom:
1. Be wise in proportion
Before buying lighting fixtures, first determine the size of the room. Make measurements of the room, but also the places for sockets and how to place the furniture.
2. Keep the height in mind
Consider the scale. The bedrooms are usually less than 2.50 – 2.70 m high. Avoid lighting with long bodies in favor of shorter ones or ceiling-mounted devices. Do you want a certain level of light for reading and one for the dressing area? Then you need the basic light to be strong enough to reach all areas.
3. Allow the camera to glow
Decide what activities will take place in the bedroom and only then choose the appropriate lighting. Your personal computer, a sewing machine or a special corner created for reading will each have its own need for lighting. For relaxation areas, the lighting should be softer and softer, even dark. Ambitions require a stronger light.
4. Stay on the bright side
Avoid shades of lamps or opaque lights as much as possible, otherwise the bedroom will be too dark. The luminaires may look nice, but the light will not be as functional. When buying a desk lamp, opt for one with a slightly fuzzy shade. Take a few moments to understand how to turn it on and off to make sure it won’t be too difficult to handle when you’re in bed.
5. Location and location again
Do not install lights directly above the bed. You will tend to look up at them while lying in bed. Direct light above the head is less comfortable than soft light on the face.
6. More means more (this time)
No light source is as visually comfortable as a combination of portable lamps and installed lights. Too much light in one place is unpleasant and striking. It is better to use more light sources of lower power.
7. Set the mood
A strong dose of light is also important in the bedroom, specialists suggest installing light dimmers to change the effect. Colored or softer bulbs can also change the mood of a room.
8. Do not neglect the closet
Few things are less frustrating than dark closets. Cabinets need a significant dose of light. But be careful not to put a hot light bulb too close to delicate clothes. Attach a cabinet light 30 cm from the edge of the cabinet or top shelf. Lighting experts tend to benefit from fluorescent lights because they provide more light, are cooler, save energy and can be hidden behind the door. If you use a slightly stronger light bulb, you will be better able to discover the real color of the clothes.
9. Optimize your enjoyment of reading
Portable reading lights set on nightstands give book lovers a lot of flexibility. The basic principle in buying a reading lamp should be the ability to adjust the light according to your preferences, either by pivoting or by moving the arm. They should also be well protected so that you do not see the light bulb and you are able to satisfy your hooby without disturbing your partner. The luminaires on the headboard allow you to turn off the reading light without disturbing your sleeping partner next to you. In addition to its functional role of providing lighting for this type of activity, the bedside lamp has a decorative role, being the focal point of a nightstand. Owners of “twin” beds can divide the light from the same bedside lamp if the space is too narrow.
10. Consider high-tech
Imagine being able to turn the lights off or on at the push of a button next to the bed? What do you say? There is nothing wrong with high-tech lighting control systems. There are gadgets that can turn off the lights with an infrared remote control just like the ones you use for TV.
11. Find the right height
ave you ever wondered how you can determine the right size for a bedside lamp? For the ideal height, look for lamps whose light falls exactly on the book you are reading when you are in bed. The bottom of the lampshade should be about 50 cm above the mattress so that the pages are clearly lit.