By Radiant Lighting | 27 Jun 2019 | 0 Comments
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It might be the space you want to relax and recharge in, that place you can’t wait to get back to every night after a long day at work, or it could even double as your home office for all hours of the day. Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping anymore; there are so many more elements that come into play and one of the most important aspects of your bedroom’s atmosphere is the lighting. A well-designed lighting plan can greatly affect how you feel in and about your space, no matter what you’re using it for.
Often, a number of different lights might be needed to cover all bases. But don’t be overwhelmed, these can still all come together nicely to create a comfortable and enjoyable space.
There are three main types of lighting that you need to remember when planning your bedroom: Ambient, Accent and Task lighting. Finding the right balance between these can be tricky, but when done well it can make a world of difference. By creating this balance, you will be able to create lighting for any mood or activity with the flick of a switch. You also need to keep in mind that these activities could all be happening at once. Instead of one overhead light for the whole room, perhaps include a desk light, some adjustable wall lights and even a decorative pendant. This means that the person in bed trying to sleep won’t be disturbed by their partner who is up late working at their desk on the other side of the room. Aside from the practicality of having different lights, this combination has the power to make your space feel bigger than what it is. It’s important to remember that your goal shouldn’t be an evenly lit room, but one that is interestingly lit.
Ambient Lighting is all about setting the scene in a room and making a space feel warm and inviting. This can be done with anything from ceiling fixtures to floor lamps. These will still provide enough light for general day-to-day activities but not enough for those that require focused or really bright light. Decorative pendants are great for ambience because you have more freedom to include your own personal taste into the mix. For example, the Kundalini Dew is a stunning fixture that not only looks great on either side of the bed but because it hangs from the ceiling rather than coming off the floor or table, it’s a huge space saver.
A number of tasks get carried out in the bedroom every single day; from applying makeup to reading a book. For example, if you have a makeup vanity then you will need specific kinds of light, not only do you require light from above but also in front of you to counteract any shadowing caused by downlights. Make sure you avoid installing just one recessed ceiling light directly over your table as this can cause unwanted shadows. Instead, you could opt for a wall light that has a general wash of light to cover your face, or adjustable downlights that will provide much more flexibility. Adjustable wall lights also come in handy on either side of the bed to serve as a functional reading light. In particular, the FAZE Slide luminaire and the Fontana Arte IO are not only aesthetically pleasing but are also easy to adjust so that you can position the light exactly where you need it for reading in bed.
This kind of light is important in every room of the house, because we all have a favourite space or feature in the home that we want to draw attention to. For example, you might have splurged on a statement art piece, so why not make that the focus of the room? A couple of adjustable surface mounted fittings rotated to that wall will guide the eyes of onlookers right to it. Or perhaps you would prefer a wall washing effect; in which case installing some downlights in the ceiling in front of the feature would be perfect.
Of all the points we’ve made in this blog, it’s important to not forget your own personal taste. Function is important but so is style. You’re the one that has to live in this space day in and day out so get creative with the luminaires you choose and ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable space at the end of the day.
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