Lighting is art. Decorators balance a wide range of needs to achieve a practical and beautiful bedroom lighting arrangement, every factor touching multiple points. Consider placement - a decision influenced by lifestyle choices like whether the resident loves physical books or prefers videos from a bright screen, but the photo tour below also shows its aesthetic impact. Intensity and color temperature are two more elements that seem practical at first, but can make all the difference between waking up to a bright and cheerful room in the darkness of an early morning or basking in low and mysterious mood lighting before drifting off to sleep.
Aim pendant lamps by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec dance in the middle of a spectacular backlit bed platform. The platform itself ascends the wall and wraps around to the ceiling for a cozy and enclosed feeling even within a large space.
Here, a gorgeous lit shelf and wall feature circles around the bed to form the headboard and bed platform. In the darkness it switches to dramatic mood lighting. Adjustable lights are fantastic for this sort of application.
Indirect lighting above the accent wall pairs well with two statement pendants hanging low above each side table.
Layers of spotlights and indirect lighting play over an impressive variety of luxurious textures. It would be hard to go wrong with any lighting choice in a room like this one, but this example demonstrates the most attractive approach.
More indirect lighting offers decorative influence. Indirect lighting is always great for bedrooms because it's less intense, and eliminates the need for ceiling lighting which can shine directly into the eyes when laying down and trying to relax.
Cloth pendants offer a casual chic take on country decor - a lovely contrast to an otherwise refined and modern space.
Here, functionality is key. Indirect lighting illuminates the bed whereas recessed lights in the hallway address an explicit purpose.
Backlit paneling highlights the artwork hung over it, with bright shelves to the right for emphasis. This room demonstrates how lighting features can add incomparable spice to an otherwise minimalistic space.
Classic oversized wall sconces radiate light toward the ceiling and the side tables. Subtle lighting beneath the bed contributes to a more purely aesthetic and atmospheric purpose, yet could still help direct the resident toward the bed in the dark of the night.
Recessed lighting illuminates the places where the ceiling pulls away from the walls, making the bedroom feel more open. Adjustable cantilever lamps are a good option for bedside lighting, providing a longer reach for nighttime reading.
Here, the indirect lighting leans toward an orange tone to give the cabinetry a warmer feel. Since many decorators choose wood for its warmth, this lighting trick proves infinitely useful.
While many of the previous bedrooms used indirect lighting, few incorporate the lights in a spot as unusual as this one. Positioned in the middle of the headboard wall, these recessed lights offer a distinctive twist on a popular design trend.
A textured accent wall relishes its unique lighting arrangement to highlight the peaks and valleys. The black lamp to the right is the Atollo table lamp by Vico Magistretti.
Tiled wall panels are brilliant on their own, but clever lighting can bring additional attention to a feature otherwise overlooked. Here, the integrated lighting creates the illusion that the concrete panels are woven like a basket.
Accent wall panels like these look even more dramatic with the addition of recessed lighting. Light seeping out between each “ crack” helps these panels inspire thoughts of cooling magma. The warmer color temperature only enhances this effect.
An angular lighting feature draws extra attention to the mural on the concrete wall.
Here, clean minimalism gains a sense of decoration through the pure and intangible contribution of indirect lighting.
Color temperature is a huge facet of lighting. Here, the cool blue and warm yellow create a sense of contrast that energizes the rest of the room.
This regal bedroom is inspiring in so many ways, but it's made even more spectacular with the addition of crystal beads as a fringe for the recessed lighting on the ceiling. It almost looks like a build-in chandelier installed solely to frame the bed.
This backlit wall panel reflects the strapwork on the sliding bathroom door. A programmable option would be such a cool addition to any home.
Light and textural patterns interact directly with this incredible bedroom feature wall. The waves look dynamic and full of motion, but give the resident complete control.
Gorgeous wall panels tilt at various angles and shine with integrated lighting interspersed throughout. Additional lighting near the desk draws the eye to the vertical garden.
Here's another brilliant combination of wall panels and lighting. The panels in this bedroom carry a great amount of visual weight to match the sturdy furniture used throughout the room.
Smartly grouped pendant lamps are the real show stopper in this bedroom. The integrated lighting to either side adds to the atmospheric effect but doesn't overshadow the artistic pieces displayed in the foreground.
Copper shades by Tom Dixon look fabulous on their own but groupings like these allow each light to play against the polished surfaces of its neighbors - especially effective here, combined with LED strips along the edges of the wall panels.
Textural walls transform depending on the lighting elements that surround them. Here, side-mounted lighting flows across the hills and valleys of the cratered surface.
Lighting choices become even more important in a room as dark and mysterious as this one. It adds an element of sophistication to the textural black wall, while the Agnes Chandelier in the foreground captures attention immediately.
While the natural lighting from the windows plays an unmatched role in this industrial-inspired bedroom, the elongated fixtures drive the point home.
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