Don’t underestimate the power of a selection of lighting options for your bedroom — including ambient and accent lighting. According to Beacon Lighting’s Denise Hammond the main source of light in the bedroom should be neutral and relaxing.
“We all use our bedrooms for a whole variety of things these days — some people have exercise equipment in there and some even have a desk, so it’s important to ensure you have adequate light for whatever you need to do in there,” she says.
Denise recommends dimmable lighting, which offers you the flexibility to adjust depending on your needs.
Bedside lighting (pictured below) should also be considered depending on your bedtime habits, she says.
“If you’re a reader in bed, think about the amount of light you need to comfortably read your book or magazine,” she says. “There is a trend at the moment to beautiful bedside pendants but unfortunately they can be a little impractical in terms of the beam they emit.
“Depending on the pendant itself sometimes the beam will only reach the perimeter of the bedside table below it, meaning unless you adjust your reading position drastically, it’s useless.”
Again, something less static will provide you with some flexibility to direct light where you want it.
“Think about lamps with flexible necks to let you direct the light where it’s needed, or there are lights you can mount on headboards to save space,” she says.