Romantic Bedroom Lighting

The right lighting can create a romantic mood in the bedroom, whether your style is traditional or modern.


This charming master bedroom delivers romance through the custom-made headboard, bedding and Old World furnishings. The curved lines of the furniture and soft lighting create the perfect setting for a cozy night in. Design by RMS user SedonaSidney

By: Gina Hannah

Think of romantic bedroom lighting and you probably picture crystal chandeliers and candles, but don't stop there. Even if you prefer a modern look, there are plenty of light fixtures that are sure to add a touch of romance to your bedroom.

In general, keep the layering of your bedroom's light in mind: You want ambient light to be soft, not harsh, with touches of task and accent lighting as needed. But for romance, there are other ways to add just the right amount of light.

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Luxurious Dreams

HGTV fan Rethink Design Studio created a romantic and regal getaway with smoky blue walls, a silk tufted headboard and a soft mohair blanket. Luxurious furnishings and soft lighting are perfect additions to such an elegant space.

French Getaway

This charming master bedroom delivers romance through the custom-made headboard, bedding and Old World furnishings. The curved lines of the furniture and soft lighting create the perfect setting for a cozy night in. Design by HGTV fan SedonaSidney

Antique Inspiration

This refined and sophisticated bedroom exerts romance through its use of soft, neutral hues and fabrics paired with antique furnishings and an elegant, oversize fabric headboard. Design by HGTV fan cherrybounce

Room With a View

With stunning views, soft flowing linens and an open design, this master bedroom in Bali is truly a vacation spot of its own. Design by HGTV fan BoBendana.

Soft Ruffles

Sometimes the best way to treat a small space is by going all out. HGTV fan mypointofview added layer upon layer of ruffle to her tiny French-inspired bedroom in serene shades of gold and blue.

Bold Contrasts

It's easy to turn up the heat in this dramatic and dreamy master bedroom. A creamy tufted headboard is a bold contrast against deep blue walls and looks especially desirable paired with crisp white linens. For an added punch of color, freshly picked red flowers are a romantic addition to the nightstands. Design by HGTV fan transformingdesigns

Shared Space

To create the perfect bedroom for one husband and wife, HGTV fan mypointofview chose a bed with clean lines, allowing for elegant bedding on top. With a mix of solid furniture and feminine touches, the room is a romantic retreat for him and her.

Simple Romance

Nothing says romance like a room with a grand, four-poster bed. HGTV fan Niomi tones down the black bed frame with soft, white linens and red accents. A neutral wall color and minimal accessories keep the space perfectly simple.

Small But Sexy

For this small space turned sexy bedroom, it's all about contrast. The bold red accent wall pops against crisp white and black accessories, creating a room with va-va-voom. Design by HGTV fan jwthornt

Cream Palette

Soft and serene, this guest bedroom is layered in creamy whites and gold, complete with a silk comforter and antique accessories for a romantic cottage feel. Design by HGTV fan LuluD

String lights can create a look of romance and magic without costing you a lot of money, particularly when they're paired with soft, sheer fabric. Twist string lights around and across a four-poster bed to create a canopy. Hang lights on the wall behind the bed, either alone or behind a sheer fabric, to create a dramatic "headboard" look. Be creative with color or stick with clear fairy lights.

For romantic natural light, hang light, gauzy drapes in the windows. If your remodel includes structural work, consider a skylight to allow for nighttime stargazing and to bring welcome sunlight to wake you in the morning.

Candles can help create a romantic mood, and the new flameless candles, which are battery operated (some are rechargeable) are safer than traditional flame candles. Build your own chandelier by hanging a wooden or metal frame and attaching the candles. Decorating stores carry wall sconces that can hold candles, creating a soft, flickering glow in the room. Also look for tabletop candlesticks and floor candle holders. Candelabra are a great romantic touch; you can find them in both traditional and modern styles.

If you're fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your bedroom, candles are a perfect accent during warmer months. Group candles in similar holders together on a shelf for impact.

You can hang a light fixture on either side of the bed, adding a touch of romance as well as freeing space on the nightstand. The number of available styles is nearly endless, from simple pendant lights to ornate mini-chandeliers to lanterns.

For a romantic mood with modern style, try fixtures with simple lines that are made from natural materials such as wood or stone. Even a fixture made of metal can get a softer look from frosted bulbs and fabric shades. Globes in soft colors can also create a romantic look.

Whatever light fixtures you choose for adding romance to your bedroom, be sure to put them on dimmer switches. That way, you can better control the mood you're trying to set.

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