Bedroom Light Fixtures: Ideas and Options

Explore the many choices in bedroom light fixtures to find the perfect lighting plan for your bedroom.


The warm, balanced exotic style of this bedroom satisfies the client's mixed tropical family background and need for serenity and harmony. The steel tables are made with a natural raw patina and covered with semi-gloss lacquer finish. The Nelson wall sconces offer an architectural element as well as a functional lighting piece, which provides bright or diffuse lighting. The dark coffee-colored walls balance out with the light honey bamboo flooring, light cream rug and vanilla window treatment. The exotic fish tank is visible from the bedroom through a small opening for added enjoyment.

When choosing the lighting fixtures for your bedroom remodel, like any other part of your remodeling project, it's crucial to have a plan. Your goal is to create a beautiful and relaxing space. There are many different types of bedroom light fixtures available. Knowing what will work best for a particular project is an art, but it's an endeavor that can be fun if you want to exercise your creativity.

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Create Depth With Mirrors

Using mirrors will add depth and dimension to a small bedroom because of their unique ability to act like additional windows. Hanging several smaller mirrors in a group can add lots of visual interest, while using one large mirror will instantly create the illusion of more square footage. Photo courtesy of Layla Palmer.

Under Bed Storage

Small bedrooms are often short on storage, so take advantage of every inch of wasted space. Antique dough bowls, large baskets, plastic bins or rolling drawers create easy-to-use extra storage under your bed. Helpful Hint: Save even more space by filling your containers with items sealed in vacuum space bags. Photo courtesy by Janice Donlan.

Bury Your Bureau

If you need more storage space for your clothing, but don't have room for a piece of free-standing furniture, consider installing a built-in dresser. Not handy enough to tackle the task? No problem! Carpenters typically charge between $25-$35 an hour and hiring a professional will ensure the job gets done right and that you have heaps of hidden storage, too. Photo courtesy of Camila Pavone.

Light It Up

Smart lighting choices have a big effect on how a small bedroom feels. Soft light coming from several different directions will blur the edges of your room and, in turn, make it feel larger. Helpful Hint: Soften up your overhead light. Use a frosted shade and a lower wattage bulb to create a more calming ambience. Photo courtesy by Erin Southwell.

Use a Peaceful Palette

Create the illusion of more space by limiting the color palette. If you use similar hues on walls, furnishings and bedding, the bedroom appears larger. The lines between all the different elements will be blurred, and your eye will move effortlessly around the room. To add interest, inject a few pops of a contrasting color. Photo courtesy of Layla Palmer.

Double Duty Desk

Using a small desk next to your bed will create a dual-purpose opportunity. Not only does it act as an oversized nightstand, but pair it with a small chair to serves as a work surface, too. Helpful Hint: Look for small-scale, previously-loved desks at flea markets to add instant charm to your presently-loved bedroom. Photo courtesy by AnNicole Faeth.

Take Advantage of the Vertical

Making the most of the vertical space in a small bedroom is an excellent way to keep things neat and organized. Floating shelves will hold a multitude of books and magazines. Small buckets and baskets, hanging on mountable rods, will provide extra space for little, miscellaneous items. Photo courtesy of Camila Pavone.

Bring in Baskets

Baskets are extremely versatile and attractive decorating tools that can add tons of much needed storage space in a small bedroom. Another plus is that baskets will complement virtually any design style, so have fun choosing ones that are just right for you. Helpful Hint: Keep reading materials out-of-sight, but not out-of-mind, by stashing a couple of baskets within arm's reach of your bed. Photo courtesy of Rie Sterling.

Whopping Window Treatments

Create the illusion of a taller room by hanging curtains higher. Install rods close to the ceiling and hang long curtains that stretch all the way down to the floor. Helpful Hint: Make the windows look larger by hanging a rod that is much wider than the window. Then, arrange curtains so they cover just a small bit of the window frame and a large portion of the wall on either side. Photo courtesy of Layla Palmer.

Take into consideration the design of your bedroom, size and style of your furniture, personal preferences and your budget. Also consider the different types of bedroom lighting available. Lights fall into three categories: general (or ambient) lighting, accent lighting and task lighting. General lighting, typically from one or more ceiling or wall fixtures, radiates throughout a room as sunlight does. Accent and task lights focus on individual areas and may come from movable lamps, fixed fluorescent light fixtures, track lights or recessed spotlights.

Layering the three types of light can solve many lighting problems that a bedroom might have. Consider what you want the lighting to do (besides providing light). Recessed lights provide ambient light. Floor and table lamps add a decorative element to the bedroom while creating a sitting area or reading nook, and they can be as large or small as you wish.

A fixture can complement—or contrast—the style of your furniture and other furnishings. Ceiling light fixtures can incorporate a fan for climate control. Track lighting can play up artwork or other objects you wish to show off, and a chandelier can provide a dramatic or romantic focal point in the bedroom. If you have a large plant or statue you want to exhibit, you might use a floor fixture trained on the object to create a dramatic effect.

If you're going for an eclectic look, you'll have a nearly endless selection of options for mixing or blending your bedroom lighting fixtures and other furnishings. Decorator showrooms, home improvement stores, thrift shops and even yard sales can turn up finds that can add a dash of personality to a room. Older lamps can be retrofitted or repaired and turned into unique lighting pieces. Lamp shades on existing fixtures can be replaced for a new look.

When choosing your bedroom light fixtures, Also consider the long-term aspects of your lighting plan. Some types of light fixtures, such as recessed lighting, are permanent (removable only with a good deal of work). Others, such as ceiling fixtures or wall sconces, can be replaced in a matter of minutes. Floor lamps and table lamps can be moved from one side of the room to the other in a matter of seconds. When choosing your bedroom lights, consider whether you will need to hire a professional to install the lighting, or if you can do it yourself.

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