Bedroom Ceiling Lights
Old World style can bring a luxurious, regal look to a bedroom. Ornamental wrought-iron details in the chandelier and headboard bring European influence to this bedroom designed by Thom Oppelt. Wooden ceiling beams, intricate wall sconces and textured walls are key design elements of the style.
To provide ambient light in your bedroom, ceiling lights are a must, and they're available in a wide range of sizes and styles. Bedroom ceiling lights may be flush-mounted or hanging, depending on the size of your room and the height of your ceiling, or you may prefer recessed lighting for a streamlined look.
Fresh and Simple
Fresh flowers are a must but creating an arrangement doesn't have to be a chore. Pick up a few bunches at the grocery store or local florist, snip the ends then plop them in a vase. Tulips are a natural choice because they're available year-round and their droopy shape lends itself to fuss-free arrangements.
Invite Them to Relax With a Good Read
Stock bedside tables with current magazines or books that are a quick read. Literary-minded guests will appreciate the chance to wind down after a long day of activities. Design by Sarah Richardson
Let Them Help Themselves
Take a cue from five-star hotels and stock the guest room with mugs, a teapot and small packets of coffee and tea so guests can help themselves to a warm cup whenever they'd like. Design by Sarah Richardson
Put Even the Smallest Spaces to Work
Designer Layla Palmer turned an underused bathroom into this sunny (and super cute!) guest room. Just 6'x6', the former bathroom was too small for a full-size bed but just right for a daybed and nightstand, perfect for a visiting child or single adult.
No Nightstand, No Problem
Don't rush out to buy new furniture if your guest bedroom is missing a few pieces — just improvise. Designer Erinn Valencich brought in a weathered garden step to serve as a bedside table. Its rustic patina adds charm while the steps create display space.
Add Bedside Lighting
Dress the Windows
Add inexpensive blinds, roller shades or ready-made draperies to any windows that aren't covered. A guest in your home is on vacation and will appreciate a dark room for sleeping in. If late nights are part of your plans, consider purchasing blackout drapes, which will more efficiently block out early morning sunlight.
Make It Personal
Create a Dressing Area
Shop the house to find items like a small table or desk and chair that can function as a vanity. Don't worry if they don't match; mismatched styles and finishes lend a collected-over-time look. Design by Sarah Richardson
Flush-mount lights come in a variety of sizes and styles. Even in a small bedroom, you should be able to find an attractive light that works with your decor. If you are choosing a flush-mount light (the type of ceiling light most often found in bedrooms), you may choose between close-flush-mount and semi-flush-mount. A close-flush-mount fixture sits directly on the ceiling, while a semi-flush light hangs down several inches, leaving airspace between the ceiling and the fixture. For low ceilings (below 8 feet), you will want to pick a close-flush-mount light fixture. These are also a good choice for closets and master bathrooms. For ceiling heights of 9 to 10 feet, consider a semi-flush-mount light; most hang less than a foot from the ceiling.
If your ceiling is higher than 10 feet, you may want to consider a hanging light. Hanging lights fall into two categories: pendants and chandeliers. Pendants are usually simple in design, with a single cord/chain system for hanging. Despite their simplicity, they come in a large range of sizes and styles; they can be a single pendant or two or three hanging globes. Chandeliers hang in a branched system and tend to be larger, heavier and more ornate than pendants.
Hanging lights may be installed over the bed (be sure to allow enough head room) or on either side of the bed for reading. When installing, keep the overall design of the room in mind. The center of the bedroom is not always the best place to put a ceiling light. Instead, hang the light in the center of the most important visual feature of the room. In the bedroom, this feature will most likely be the bed.
If you choose recessed lights, install a few well-placed fixtures. Don't overdo it; you don't want your ceiling to look like a runway. Search lighting catalogs or Web sites to choose the design that best fits your desired style.
Regardless of which style of bedroom ceiling light you choose, consider how much light you want, and be sure that the fixture you choose will provide that much light. Dimmer switches will allow you to adjust your light level to fit your mood. You may also want to consider a light with a ceiling fan to help you stay cool during the summer months. If you choose a fixture with a ceiling fan, be sure that the installation leaves enough head room for getting in and out of bed.
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