Lighting Ideas for Your Kids' Room

From playful lamps to funky lighting ideas, get inspiration to illuminate your child's bedroom.
By: Amanda Lecky

Photo By: B. Pila Design Studio

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Photo By: JAC Interiors

Playful Paper Lanterns

The right light fixture can help visually divide a large, shared space like this one. The designer used inexpensive paper lanterns in a range of colors and sizes, suspended at different heights to create a focal point well suited to the space's sloped ceiling. Design by B. Pila Design Studio


A nightlight can comfort small children when they're tucked in for bed. This friendly woodland creature adds a soft glow from a compact fluorescent bulb. Photo courtesy of The Land of Nod

Ceiling Fixtures

A vintage swag petal light fixture is a clever solution near the glider, since floor lamps are toppling hazards in a baby's room. Design by Christie Chase

Desk Lamps

Desk lighting should be utilitarian but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Your best bet is an adjustable lamp with a wide, stable base — perhaps in a bright, fun hue like brilliant blue or citrus green. Design by HGTV hosts Cortney and Robert Novogratz

Table Lamps

Accent lighting should make a bold impact. The exaggerated curves and glossy black finish of this table lamp stand out against the ornate butterfly-papered wall in this girl's room. JAC Interiors

Drum Pendants and Task Lighting

By adding drum pendants above the beds and homework table, along with task lighting on the nightstand, this attic bedroom remains perfectly illuminated until it's time for bed. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Reading Lights

Encourage your child's love of reading by creating a designated book nook. A comfy chair, a pouf to put the feet up on, and a good reading light are all you need. In an older child's room, a floor lamp is fine; one that's adjustable is ideal. JAC Interiors

LED Lighting

The most magical element in this nursery is the starry ceiling, created by fiber-optic LED lights installed in the crawlspace. Twin girls fall asleep to their soft glow. Photo courtesy of John Burton Brown

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