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How to ‘create a better bedroom and sleep better’-Part II

In the first part of how to create a better bedroom and hence sleep better, I talked about how our sleep is affected by different senses and focused of the importance of soft fabrics and textures on beds we sleep in. In the second part, I’d like to talk about another, extremely important aspect of lighting in bedrooms.

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A well-developed lighting scheme- by Arnold Schulman design
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Lighting scheme in bedrooms

Clearly, since we mostly sleep in bedrooms, the darker they are the better-one would think. However, too little light does hinder other activities that could possibly take place there, reading being one of them.

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grey office niche in a bedroom
Katie Malik Interior designer Cambridge
Day bed with a floor lamp

Bedroom lighting can range from basic to bold or dimmed to dramatic, but before we talk about different types of lights, some practical questions to consider when choosing lighting in a bedroom:

1. Can I see well enough to get dressed?

2. Is there a light in the closet?

3. Are there individual reading lights on each side of the bed?

4. Is there a light source near the door?

5. Can I switch off the main light source from my bed?

6. Have I installed outlets in convenient locations?

7. Do I have a dimmer installed on the overhead light source? Provided you have an overhead light source; I try to stay away from the overhead light source in bedrooms.

Installing dimmers on lights for a nice ambience along with softer or colored light bulbs could immediately bring a nice mood into your bedroom. As every designer would probably agree with me on this, no single source of light is as visually comfortable as a combination of different lights: wall lights, floor lamps, spotlights, reading lamps, task lights. In order to decide how many sources of light you’re going to need in your bedroom, you should establish what you want to do in the room. Remember that home computers, sewing machines and reading nooks in the bedroom need more directed, task lighting.

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Desk niche in a bedroom

One important thing to remember, however, is not to install lights directly over the bed, instead, it should be a soft light at face level or only slightly above on the side of a bed.

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Chapel Lane Project Guest Bedroom Lights

Size of your lighting fixtures is equally important as design. In order to choose the right size fixtures, you should measure the room and all furniture in order not to be disappointed with, for example, an oversized table lamp that takes up more than a half of your bedside table space and is too short when put together with other furniture.

Here are some stunning designs of most commonly used in bedrooms table lamps:

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vintage lamp-porta romana
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Porta-romana slim lamp
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Victor Table Lamp- Original BTC

Here are some fab designs of wall lights that could be used in bedrooms:

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mid-century-style-pale-putty wall light

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Elongated prismatic wall light holloways of ludlow

And here’s an example of a central lighting fixture that wouldn’t be to intrusive if you’re really keen on having one in your bedroom:

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Girasole ceiling light

Of course all the fixtures I presented above are some suggestions; you would need to carefully choose yours to match the existing or desired scheme.

Remember that having good lighting in your bedroom can positively benefit your sleeping habits, along with your productivity. If you’re not sure about how to develop a lighting scheme for your bedroom or any other space, ask me for advice.

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