New lighting was at the top of my must-have list for the modern coastal makeover of my daughter’s bedroom and I seriously think I’ve seen every overhead light on the market in the course of searching for a new fixture for her space. My daughter’s new light got hung up at the end of last week and I’m telling you guys… the difference it’s made in the look and feel of her space is pretty unbelievable (pics are on the way!). I’m sure that some of you have plans for a future bedroom makeover or two also so to help you get your bedroom lighting done right, I’ve partnered up with a favorite online lighting shop, Shades of Light, to put together a bedroom lighting reference guide with all of my best tips and lighting picks!
Tip: Have multiple sources of light
Layer the lighting in your bedroom – the combination of a ceiling mount fixture for overhead ambient lighting with bedside lamps and task lighting is perfect.
Tip: Consider ceiling height and position in the room when choosing a ceiling mount fixture
For rooms with typical eight foot ceilings, choose a flush mount or semi-flush mount ceiling fixture if it’s going to be in an area where you may be walking under it. If you have taller ceilings or the fixture is going to be over a piece of furniture like the bed, a chandelier or other pendant lighting can be a great choice. Ceiling fans with a light kit are another option (especially if you live in the south!) – just be sure that the blades are at least 7 feet above the floor. For ceilings that are 8 feet or less in height, consider a hugger/low-profile fan to keep the fan blades from being too low. To determine the fan size that’s most appropriate for your space (fans are sized by the number of inches that their blades span), first determine the square feet of your room by multiplying the room’s length by its width. Then use these suggested guidelines:
- For rooms up to 75 sq ft, choose a 29″ – 36″ fan
- For room 76 to 144 sq ft, choose a 36″ – 42″ fan
- For rooms 145 to 225 sq ft, choose a 44″- 48″ fan
- For rooms 225 to 400 sq ft, choose a 48″- 54″ fan
- For rooms over 400 sq ft, choose a fan that is 54″ or larger.
There are lots of great overhead lighting options out there – these fixtures are a few of my favorites:
Tip: Choose a bedside lamp with the bottom of the shade just below eye level when sitting next to it
If you already have a lamp base and you’re looking for a lampshade that’s a good fit:
- Your lampshade should be about 2/3 the height of your lamp base. Make sure the lamp’s harp and bulb socket aren’t visible – if they are, you either need a taller lampshade or a smaller harp.
- A lampshade that’s about twice the width/diameter of your lamp base (at it’s widest point) is typically a good size. Another helpful tip is that the bottom diameter of your lampshade should be within about 2″ of the height of your lamp base (measured from the bottom of the lamp to the bulb socket).
Tip: If you’re tight on space, choose wall-mounted swing-arm instead of bedside lamps
If you’re using swing-arm sconces in a bedroom, the ideal height to mount them depends upon the position you’re usually in when using them (i.e. do you read laying down or sitting up). A good trick is to get in your normal reading position, and measure from the floor to just above shoulder height – this measurement is a good mounting height for your sconces. Another option if you’re really tight on space is to forego your nightstand and use a floor lamp next to your bed.
These bedside lights are all beautiful options:
Tip: Mix it up!
All of your bedroom lighting doesn’t have to be exactly the same color and style. While sometimes two totally different lights can look great in the same room, a safer bet (for those of you not so sure about mixing and matching!) is to have fixtures in more than one finish but the same style or have fixtures in slightly different styles but the same finish.
Tip: Pay attention to wattage
The wattage of the bulbs and number of bulbs in light fixtures varies greatly so be sure you’re choosing a fixture that puts off enough light. Err on the side of choosing overhead lights with more wattage than you may need and then install a dimmer switch that allows you to adjust the light to the exact brightness that you like.
I hope you all found a helpful tip or two in my guide! I’ll see you back here on Thursday with some house project updates!
This post was written as part of a sponsored collaboration with Shades of Light. All tips, product choices, and opinions in this post are 100 percent my own.