When it comes to decorating the bedroom, lighting is often forgotten in the excitement of choosing bedding and furniture, along with picking a color scheme. That's a shame because good lighting is a very important element of design in every room of the home. Don't merely set a lamp beside your bed and call it done; use the following ideas to create a functional and beautiful lighting plan for your own bedroom, like the gorgeous combination of lamps and ceiling fixture in this bedroom from Robin Gannon Interiors.
About This Term: Primary Bedroom
Many real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, have classified the term "Master Bedroom" as discriminatory. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.
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Every Bedroom Needs a Combination of Light Sources
Unless your bedroom is extremely small, it needs more than one source of light. Various combinations of bedside lamps, floor lamps, ceiling fixtures, and mood lighting make it easy to read in bed, get dressed and undressed, enjoy romance, and relax. In this gorgeous green and brown bedroom from interior designer Tobi Fairley, a stunning chandelier and two small bedside wall sconces set the lighting scene.Continue to 2 of 24 below.
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Strong Pattern on a Simple Lampshade
A lighting fixture doesn't have to be fancy to provide a powerful punch of design to the room. Case in point: The drum lampshade on the ceiling fixture in this bedroom from Tobi Fairley & Associates is simple in shape, but it holds its own against the many other strong touches in the bedroom thanks to its bold black-and-white stripes.Continue to 3 of 24 below.
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Floor Lamps in the Bedroom
Every bedroom deserves a comfortable chair, and if that chair has a tall floor lamp beside it, like this lovely room from Krista Home Design, you've created a wonderful spot to sit and read, or merely sit and think. Such a pretty bedroom.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Flush-Mount Ceiling Fixtures in the Bedroom
One of the most common types of bedroom lighting is a flush-mount ceiling fixture, as shown in the bedroom from Studio McGee shown here. While flush-mount fixtures have something of a reputation for being boring or unattractive, a well-chosen fixture can be quite lovely, as this one proves.Continue to 6 of 24 below.
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Recessed Lighting in a Headboard Nook
This small bedroom from Atelier Noel gets a lot of natural light during the day, but at night, the owner can flood the room with light by turning on the flush-mount glass-and-brass ceiling fixture, or merely use the recessed lighting over the headboard for a softer glow.Continue to 7 of 24 below.
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Semi-Flush-Mount Lighting Fixtures
Semi-flush-mount fixtures hang down just a few inches from the ceiling, as opposed to flush-mount fixtures, which are at ceiling level; and chandeliers and pendants, which typically hang further down on thin chains or poles. The chic bedroom from the Melissa Davis Group shown here has a unique metal semi-flush-mount drum fixture.Continue to 8 of 24 below.
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Non-Traditional Chandelier in a Primary Bedroom
While chandeliers are often the traditional, crystal-bedecked design, that's not the only option. Here, a gorgeous, gold, 3-tier drum chandelier adds a hefty dose of "Wow!" to this bedroom from Tatum Brown Custom Homes.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Save Space With Wall Sconces
Wall sconces are a great way to save space in a tiny bedroom, like the one shown here from Lindye Galloway Interiors. Plus, when the sconce has an adjustable arm, you can focus it right on your reading material, or wherever else you'd like to shine a bit more light.Continue to 10 of 24 below.
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Sputnik Chandelier in an Eclectic Bedroom
Everything about this eclectic bedroom is glorious, but the wonderful sputnik crystal chandelier is the icing on the cake. From Anne Coyle Interiors, this bedroom is a study in the brilliant use of color, pattern, texture, and shine.Continue to 11 of 24 below.
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Track Lighting in the Primary Bedroom
Track lighting is more often used in the living room or kitchen than in the bedroom, but it can have a great dramatic effect when used to spotlight artwork, as in this contemporary bedroom from Sak Designs.Continue to 12 of 24 below.
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Matching Bedside Lamps
Every bed needs some form of a bedside lamp. You can match your lamps, as Jana Bek Design did in this colorful bedroom, or choose mismatched lamps for a more casual style. As long as the lamps are fairly close in size, they will look fine.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Colorful Pendant Lights in the Bedroom
This colorful bedroom has an eclectic, retro feel, in no small part thanks to the bright pink hanging pendant light fixture. Lampshades are a great way to add a shot of color or pattern to your bedroom. Emily Henderson Interiors decorated this pretty space.Continue to 15 of 24 below.
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A wooden chandelier is a masculine take on the traditional design. Here, Tracery Interiors uses multiple wooden accents to set a serenely masculine style that most women would love just as well.Continue to 16 of 24 below.
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Bedside Lamps as Accent Pieces
Your bedside lamp is one of the easiest ways to add a pop of color, texture, pattern, or contrast to your bedroom. Here, Kelly Rogers Interiors chose a turquoise foo dog lamp to top a bright yellow nightstand. The contrast adds so much life to the room.Continue to 17 of 24 below.
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Here, a contemporary bedroom from D2 Interieurs shows off two fantastic lighting designs: the modern brass chandelier and the stylishly sleek swing-arm sconces.Continue to 19 of 24 below.
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Oversize Semi-Flush-Mount Light Fixture
The large drum shade on the semi-flush ceiling fixture in this bedroom from Beach Glass Interior Design matches the shades on the bedside lamps, bringing a touch of harmony to this glamorous and stylish bedroom.Continue to 20 of 24 below.
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Space Light Sources Around the Bedroom
Notice how Atmosphere Interior Design worked multiple light sources around this contemporary bedroom. Two bedside lamps, a ceiling fixture, and a floor lamp are spaced around the room to provide plenty of light for every need.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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Pretty Flush-Mount Light Fixture
This serene bedroom from Martha O'Hara Interiors shines light from the unexpected touch of a capiz shell flush-mount fixture. So pretty.Continue to 22 of 24 below.
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Whimsical Bedside Lamp Ideas
Why settle for a boring bedside lamp when you could have an owl? Or a monkey, horse, seashell, pine tree. There's a lamp out there for whatever you fancy. Here, blog Darling Darleen adds a touch of fun to an orange and white room.Continue to 23 of 24 below.
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Classic Glass Pendant Lights
Glass pendant lights shed maximum light, making them great for use where you want to read or dress. Here, Jute Interior Design adds a traditional style to a man's bedroom with simple glass shades.Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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Match Lighting for Formal Style
Matching nightstands and wall sconces lend a somewhat formal feel to this lovely bedroom from Gordon James Design.