Small space dwellers, this one's for you. If you worry that your tiny bedroom will never come together in a way that doesn't look cramped or incomplete, think again. Just because your bedroom is lacking in square footage doesn't mean that you can't make it look great. And one way to make your sleep space shine is by choosing the right lighting for the room. When your room is well-lit, it will appear larger and less cave-like, and you'll also be able to get more use out of the space—no one likes to read or complete computer tasks in the dark, after all!
If you're worried about having enough surfaces for multiple lamps in a petite space, fear not. There are so many options for brightening up a small bedroom without eating up valuable floor or surface space, we promise. Below are 15 small bedroom lighting ideas that demonstrate the many ways you can creatively use sconces, string lights, and more to your advantage.
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Install Chic Sconces in the Style of Your Choosing
Sconces are a popular lighting solution in small bedrooms as they can be hung on both sides of the bed without taking up space on the nightstand—if you even have room for such a piece. There are so many different styles of sconces to choose from; you'll surely be able to come across an option that complements your design aesthetic. Maybe you're drawn to black or metal sconces that lean more modern, or perhaps you'll fall in love with a grand millennial style sconce with a pleated shade. There are plenty of picks out there!Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Opt for a Lamp That Easily Swivels
In small bedrooms, many people will choose to place a desk or vanity next to their bed, allowing it to double as a nightstand. If you decide to do so, opt for a lamp that swivels. That way, you can turn it to face your bed as you read under the covers at night and, during the workday, you can move the piece to accommodate your desktop tasks.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Try Plug-In Sconces if You're a Renter
Maybe you love the look of sconces but are unsure as to whether they'll work for you as a renter. Keep in mind that there are plenty of gorgeous plug-in sconces like these on the market. These sconces are an excellent solution for renters, given that they can be easily installed and removed without making any electrical alterations.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Hang Some String Lights Above the Bed for Extra Glow
String lights aren't just for the patio! Hang some above your bed to add a moody touch to your sleep space. At night, you can turn off your overhead light and relax under a more subtle glow as you prep for some shut-eye.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Choose a Bedside Lamp That Truly Enhances Your Space
If you love the look of a traditional bedside lamp, you certainly don't have to forgo one in a small space. In this instance, you'll want to opt for a lamp that isn't just functional but also adds visual interest to your space. This tall, white base matches this room's cottage-style decor perfectly.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Hang Pendant Lights Beside the Bed at Varying Heights
Hanging pendant lights on either side of the bed is a fun alternative to sconces. Note that you can install the lights at various heights if you wish for a more artful look.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Express Your Personal Style With a Light Like This One
A rattan pendant light brings a touch of coastal charm to this bedroom. It's another great alternative to a traditional sconce and adds plenty of texture to the space. Many people enjoy DIYing their own pendant lights, too, so if you're feeling crafty, by all means, go for it!Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Creatively Scatter Light Sources Throughout Your Room
Maximize your lighting options by placing a sconce, pendant light, and a bedside lamp in your room, as shown here. Note that sconces can be placed on any wall; they don't need to sit beside the headboard.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Spell Out a Fave Phrase With a Neon Wall Sign
Neon lights aren't just a way to add personality to a space, they can also provide extra brightness! Spell out a favorite phrase, song lyric, or just your name, and sit back and admire this groovy addition to your bedroom. Neon signs are enjoyable in kids' and adults' rooms alike and are particularly popular in nurseries.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Shop for Cute Lantern Lights to Jazz Up Your Headboard
Wrap string lights around or through your headboard to add both color and whimsy to your bedroom. Lights like these are ultra-affordable and add a laid-back touch to any space.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Hang Them Above Your Desk, Too
Additionally, you can also hang string lights above your desk to brighten up your 9 to 5. Working from home just got a little more festive!Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Or Grab Some Sleek LED Lights Instead
Add a LED strand to a shelf, headboard, desk, you name it! Whether you opt for classic or colorful bulbs is up to you.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Pick Out a Double-Pronged, Adjustable Sconce
A double-pronged sconce like this one will brighten up any corner while adding contemporary flair to your space. Look for one with adjustable arms to fit your every need.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Select a Sconce Finish That Pops Against Your Wall Paint Color
To add some drama to your bedroom, pick a sconce that will pop against your wall color. Not sure where to begin? Moody greens and blues always look beautiful with brass accents.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Make the Most of a Bedroom for Two
In a small bedroom for two, it often makes the most sense to place a nightstand with just one lamp between twin beds. As an alternative, hanging sconces above each bed will make a shared bedroom much brighter and allow each person to control their own lighting preferences. It's truly a win-win.