Cool Bedroom Lighting

The right lighting touches can add a touch of cool to your bedroom remodel.


A masculine color scheme of aluminum, brown and blue is mixed with contemporary furnishings and high-tech gadgets for a cool teenage boy's bedroom. For the feature wall, Candice chooses a funky rolled steel wallpaper to add interest and texture to the space., Charcoal

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By: Gina Hannah

Adding a touch of cool to your bedrooms lighting is easy, whether your project is a big-budget remodel or a simple change of accessories. Even the smallest table fixture, given the right design or color, can add a pop to your room.

Lighting Ideas: 12 Stylish Lamps for Your Home

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Silver and Bright

With classic lines and modern appeal, this shimmering silver desk lamp brings in just the right amount of chic shine.

©Haley Table Lamp, Crate & Barrel

Under the Sea

Add sea-inspired elegance to your home with this golden coral table lamp. The sleek black lampshade adds modern flair and a touch of drama against the coral and crystal base.

©Golden Coral Table Lamp,

Antique Inspiration

Early 20th-century industrial design was the inspiration for this modern-day pulley lamp. The vintage flair will surely ignite your inner creativity.

©Pulley Task Floor Lamp, Pottery Barn

Shimmering Chic

Bring Mother Nature right indoors with this abalone shell-base lamp. The glimmering base can shine alone in a soft, neutral palette or add an extra glimmer among an array of colors.

©Abalone Shell Table Lamp,

Study Light

Conserve desk space and inspire creativity with this kids' chalkboard wall sconce. Kids can use the chalkboard for reminders, messages and drawings, plus the illuminating sconce provides enough light to do homework and crafts.

©Chalkboard Wall Sconce, Pottery Barn Kids

Naturally Sweet

Spice up your living room with a trendy owl lamp. This wide-eyed creature will add just the right amount of whimsy and buoyancy to your space.

©Owl Table Lamp (White), West Elm

Stacking Sticks

For a modern-meets-rustic look, this stacked twigs table lamp is the perfect accent. Made from eucalyptus twigs, the accessory is a nice cross between contemporary art and organic display.

©Stacked Twigs Table Lamp, Horchow

Go Green

Add a sweet splash of color to any room with this vibrant green lamp. The unique floral pattern on the sunny lime lampshade serves as a refreshing color combination with the crackled green base.

©Light Green Ceramic Table Lamp,

Make It Mod

Looking for high style at an affordable price? Look no further than this modern cylinder table lamp. Just tap the nickel base to turn the light on or off for ultra-easy living.

©Paramount Table Lamp, CB2

Winter Ice

This icicle floor lamp features a sleek, simple base for ultra-modern appeal. Tubular chrome arms work together to provide a soft lighting effect ideal for soothing color palettes in contemporary spaces.

©Icicle Floor Lamp (Silver Chrome), Home Decorators Collection

Classic Style

For a powerful floor lamp that's positively chic, this pleated light works wonders. The timeless elegance and contemporary style are the perfect accompaniment to your favorite seating area or reading nook.

©Pleated-Shade Floor Lamp, West Elm

Flower Power

This flower-covered table lamp is an effortless way to add background light in style. With a variety of colors to choose from, you can find the hue that best represents your design scheme.

©Knubbig Table Lamp, Ikea

For a cool way to introduce ambient light to your room, you can install cove lighting, which is made up of tubes or other shapes and hidden high up on walls or ceilings. Cove lighting may be installed above a ledge, tray ceiling or in crown molding. You could even choose a headboard with built-in lights, which could uplight art hanging above your bed.

For pizzazz on a small scale, consider string lights. Hung on the wall behind the bed, or at a window (either alone or paired with curtains, string lights can be romantic, magical or festive depending on the style of lights you choose, as well as the colors of your bulbs.

For a look with impact, think beyond singular fixtures. Consider grouping a collection of small pendants to create the look of a chandelier, but with a modern twist. As an alternative to recessed light, hang small can-shaped pendants around the room, or install track lighting above the bed.

For interesting lamp styles, peruse thrift and antique stores for fixtures that can be refurbished or painted. Take an old lamp and add a new shade, or take a plain shade and use fabric paint or glue and embellishments to create a unique look. Lamps can be made from wine bottles, vases, jars, pitchers, statues - even a stack of books can serve as a lamp base. Craft supply stores often have kits for the wiring and bulb assembly.

Save space by hanging pendant lights on each side of your bed, choosing fixtures that complement your decorating style. A pair of hanging fixtures in an unusual design can create a stunning focal point out of your bed area. Wall lights can also save nightstand space, and many contemporary designs are works of art, with geometric designs, frosted shades in distinct shapes.

Don't forget natural light. Skylights and solar tubes will let the sun in, a nice touch to wake you gradually in the mornings. Skylights can also allow for some cool stargazing at night.

As you choose your cool bedroom lights, keep your overall plan in mind and remember to include ambient light, as well as fixtures that will provide task and accent lighting.

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