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I know what you're thinking - "Why should I worry about lighting in the bedroom? I spend most of the time in there with my eyes closed!" But today's bedroom is not just for sleeping. It is where you curl up to watch a film or read a book, finish that last bit of work and get up to face the day (sometimes rising before the sun does!). Let's face it – trying to do all of that in the dark would just be a nightmare. Your bedroom lighting should be planned in way that suits all your needs.
Good bedroom lighting is all about layering. Layered lighting is crucial in the bedroom where you sleep, apply make-up and get dressed. You will want to create the right mood for your bedroom. To achieve this you combine the three types of lighting described below - task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting. Layering creates mood and is practical, providing enough light to dress anywhere in the room. Ideally, you should create an overall atmosphere of quiet relaxation, while providing some bright spots for reading and other activities. Dimmers are a great way of giving the flexibility to vary the light to suit different moods and activities.
What kind of lighting do you need in your bedroom? First things first - make a plan and then determine logically where specific lamps should be installed. This shouldn't be a problem if you bear in mind the different types of lighting and the various places and functions in the bedroom. To read more about how to create a lighting plan and the different kinds of lighting click here
Task lighting is essential as it does exactly what it says on the tin - different types of lighting for different tasks.Track lighting and recessed lighting with brighter bulbs can function as task lighting. Table lamps are the side of the bed are great for reading. Try a pendant light, or a series of pendants, with bright shades hung over a specific task area. Mirror lighting is important for morning grooming, especially if you're up before the sun. Avoid task lighting directly above your mirror as will throw a strong light onto your forehead and cast deep shadows below your eyes, nose and chin, making you look 10 years older. Sidelights will create an even wash of light and if you use warm white lamps you could even end up looking 10 years younger! (Only in the mirror, obviously).
Accent lighting is an effective and simple way to highlight a room's specific features, artwork, paintings etc. Adjustable recessed lights, track lights and spotlights work best for this. One of the best ways to set the ambience in the bedroom is through accent lighting. it is used to draw the eye to houseplants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions. It can also be used to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall or outdoor landscaping and is usually provided by recessed and track lighting or wall-mounted picture lights.
Ambient lighting is the general illumination of a room. It differs from task lighting in that its purpose is to provide an even wash of light throughout a room as opposed to concentrated light for a specific purpose. Lamps, ceiling lights, wall lights and recessed lights can be used for this effect. Add a chandelier to create dramatic ambience and set the mood.
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