Create elegance and ambience in your sleep zone..
The changing of the seasons is a good time to make sure your bedroom lighting is just right. So check out the selection of ideas below for statement style and subtle features that add a layer of lighting luxe.
Hanging a beautiful pendant or lighting centrepiece will elevate a bedroom scheme and pull the look together. The style of light will instantly enhance the vibe you’ve gone for, like the glamorous chandelier in the frou frou bedroom below, the elegant glass sphere in the clean and simple space or the dramatic shade in the pared-back monochrome room.
See these ideas for beautiful winter bedrooms.
To avoid a harsh overhead light go for a dimmer switch, so that you can tone down the brightness and alter the mood when required.
Reading lamps are a must but if you prefer to keep bedside surfaces clear and uncluttered, a pendant or simple bulb hung either side of the bed makes a great alternative. This look is not only modern and fresh, it will enable you to layer lighting according to the time of year, making your bedroom cocoon-like and cosy in the winter, and providing different options in the summer when there is more natural light.
If you go for this option, make sure you ask your electrician to locate bedside light switches nearby, for luxury hotel style convenience.
Wall lamps, Swing arm lamps or sconces are another great option for freeing up surface space beside the bed and layering light, while tall table lamps will ooze a more traditional and sophisticated style. Whichever type of bedside light you choose, team it with your ceiling pendant or chandelier, by echoing shapes or coordinating colours, materials and finishes for a cohesive scheme.
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Outsize pieces provide the wow factor in this home – such as the Seventies Italian chandelier that drips sensuously from the ceiling in the master bedroom.
Get the look For a similar Italian chandelier, visit the Midcentury Modern show. The Louis XV caned bed and bedside table are by Simon Horn. The bedspread is made in Circolo by Ulf Moritz for Sahco.
The owner wanted to create a calm and tranquil bedroom, with enough warmth and texture to stop it being monastic. Bare pendant bulbs hung either side of the bed are a utilitarian alternative to reading lamps.
Get the look The bedstead is by Feather & Black and painted in Mole’s Breath eggshell by Farrow & Ball.
A candle-style chandelier enhances the opulent style of the gilded four-poster.
Get the look Secondome Edizioni vanity dressing table and stool, 1stdibs. Gaetano Scolari pendant, Les Trois Garçons. Thistle Gold rug, Vivienne Westwood at The Rug Company.
Swing arm lamps provide light for reading.
Get the look This is the Albini desk by Franco Albini for Knoll, teamed with a B&B Italia chair from Coexistance. The headboard and side table were designed by Gregory Phillips Architects and made by DHJ Furniture. The Artemide Tolomeo wall-mounted light is from The Light Corporation.
The couple moved their bedroom to the back of the house, where doors open on to a semi-circular balcony. The natural light is lovely in here and the pretty lamps add a glamorous touch.
Get the look Both the Bloom ceiling light and the Bourgie table lamp are by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell. Find Love and Black Marilyn limited-edition prints by Peter Blake at artrepublic.com.
The wood wall was made from old grape pallets that a farmer had thrown away, mainly as a place to hang the three pod lights. The concrete and glass table beneath it was also a DIY job. Soft fabrics contrast with the hard surfaces and make the bed even more inviting.
Get the look: For woven pendant lights in a pod-like style, try Louise Tucker. Gray Concrete could make a table like this. The ottoman is from DAG in Cape Town. Head to George Smith for similar. The painting is by the home owner. Try degreeart.com for similar artwork. For a throw like this, try The French Bedroom Company.
A monochrome palette, teamed with pattern and textured throws, rugs and cushions creates an enticing bedroom space, enhanced by this eye-catching pendant.
Get the look: The bed is by West Elm. The pendant light is by Folklore. The wall lights and silver wardrobe are by Abigail Ahern. The rug and bed cover are from The Curious Cockney. The bedside cabinet is by Kartell. The glass table is from Aria. The dream catcher was bought in Mexico. The You Blow My Mind print is by Lauren Baker. The Good Lovin’ and Turtle Dovin’ print is by Charley Harper.
A mirrored base creates the impression of a floating bed, setting a relaxed, luxe tone for the master bedroom. Pulley lights either side of the bed mean the owners can instantly change the room’s ambience.
Get the look: The Gino Sarfatti pendant light is from Flos. The lamp shades were created by Louise Osborn at John Osborn Design and affixed to pulleys. The headboard was made by the Chair Doctor in fabric sourced by Atmosphere at Camilla Hampton. Find a similar throw at Skyeskyns.
The bedroom looks simple, but an opalescent headboard and a retro chandelier add glamour. The light looks magical at night, when the crystals reflect across the ceiling.
Get the look: The Moon in the Afternoon painting is by Marc Dennis; illustrations of little girls by Nara. Carpet, David Hicks; Pendant light, vintage. Bed, custom made.
Simple spherical lights have been hung on extra long cables either side of the bed, instead of having reading lamps. This frees up surface space and creates a clean, elegant look.
Get the look: The bespoke wrap around headboard in Romo’s Launay fabric is by Alter London in Romo Launay fabric. The sphere lights are by Michael Anastassiades for Flos. The cushions are from H&M Home. The bedside tables are from West Elm.
This colourful bedroom suite is given a glamorous boost with gold taps and handles in the bathroom, while hinges, switches, bolts and Lee Broom lights in the bedroom give off a special gleam.
Get the look: The bed is vintage French. The light is by Lee Broom. The wallpaper is Designers Guild. The bedside table was from Alfies Antique Market. Wild & Wolf does a turquoise Trim phone.
There’s an other-worldly quality to the Zeppelin chandeliers that hang in this master suite.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Oval Room Blue, Farrow & Ball. The bed is by Schramm and the chandelier is the Zeppelin by Marcel Wanders for Flos. The build was by Galower Builders.
There’s an airy tranquillity that filters around the double-height proportions of this bedroom. Touches such as the ostrich-feather lamp, glass chandelier and mirrored furniture add grandeur and decadence.
Get the Look: Chandelier vintage. Ostrich feather lamp from A Modern Grand Tour. Bedding, Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams. Bedside lights from a dealer at the Battersea art and design fair. Mirror chair, chest and side tables all Tann Rokka. Chair covered in fabric by Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little. Vase, Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams. Globe from Alfies Antiques Market. On walls, Light Blue by Farrow & Ball. Graphic leopard print wallpaper by Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little. Picnic print by Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little used for tablecloth on balcony table.
Here, home is a sanctum, so calm colours were chosen for the bedroom to keep it feeling serene. Low hung beaded chandeliers either side of the bed create impact and exude a softer light than a central pendant.
Get the look: Bed and lights next to bed, Restoration Hardware.