I write a lot about bedrooms on this blog, and that’s because they are one of the most important rooms in the house. It's where we actually spend most of our time - at least 8 hours a day, right? Which is why attention to detail in a bedroom matters. An uncomfortable bedroom can literally affect our health if we aren’t getting proper rest, so everything in a bedroom needs to be properly thought out, from color scheme, to mattresses, bedding and pillows, to furniture, to lighting.
When we think of bedside lighting, most people think of traditional bedside table lamps, like this lovely blue glass version we used for Drew Scott’s guest bedroom on HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother. Classic and simple, a bedside table lamp is always practical and pretty.
A rule of thumb for bedside lighting is that switch of the lamp should be within your arm’s reach while your head is on your pillow, so lamp and nightstand height and size are also considerations.
Another of my favorite bedside lights is the swing arm wall sconce. The swing arm lamps work great in tight spaces, to free up night stand space (or where there is no room at all for a night stand). Conversely, swing arms sconces also work great in today’s overscaled master suites that need giant nightstands which in turn need giant lamps. You can tuck a swing arm right next to the bed, then you needn’t worry if the bedside lamp is out of reach.
A third option, which might be my favorite for rooms with a taller-than-average ceiling is a pendant lamp. The long cords really highlight a dramatic ceiling! In new construction, we can plan for pendant lighting and place a switch next to the bed, or we can do as I did in this Galveston master bedroom and use blue-tooth-enabled bulbs. I love when technology makes our lives easier!
For more bedside lighting inspiration, please visit my Sweet Dreams Pinterest page.