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Tips for Bedside Lighting

Even though your bedroom might not be the main focal point for guests in your home, it is an incredibly important room in your house. Consider your bedside lighting an opportunity to express your style and create a mood for your space. Dark bedrooms are fantastic when it comes to getting in your beauty rest at night, but a lack of illumination can hinder you. Bedrooms are not only for sleeping in this day and age; they are a place to relax, read, watch television, and more. Lighting this space is an essential component of your home decor.

contemporary bedroom Tips for Bedside Lighting


Place your bedside lamps on each side of your bed and at eye level. Symmetry and balance are important considerations when it comes to bedroom lighting. Keep the bottom of your lampshades at eye level/your line of sight. Lamps that are 26-28 inches tall are typically a good height to look for.

Bedside lamps Tips for Bedside Lighting

Trend Lighting – Lune Table Lamp // Ambience – Minka-Lavery Hearst Castle Collection Accent Lamp // Feiss – Gilded Silver Independents Table Lamp //

Sconces are also an option for bedside lighting, and they are a great way to frame your bed in a beautiful way.

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Bedside sconces Tips for Bedside Lighting

ET2 – Blocs-1 Light Mount // Minka-Lavery – Urban Nouveau Wall Sconce // Elk Lighting – Optix Light Sconce

Sconces are fantastic for keeping things sleek and simple. Plus, these light fixtures on each side of your bed allow you to keep your nightstands clear for other items. Beauty and function: you have to appreciate that!

contemporary bedroom Tips for Bedside Lighting

Bedside pendant lamps Tips for Bedside Lighting

Hudson Valley Lighting – Naples Pendant // Trend Lighting – Distratto Pendant // ET2 – Minx RapidJack Pendant

If a pair of sconces is not to your liking, think about utilizing pendant lamps as well. They serve a similar lighting function to the sconces, but add another element of drama. You could even hang multiple pendants on either side of the bed for effect!

Consider both form and function with your bedside lighting. Do you need a light for reading? Do you just need general light for the area? Once you understand what purpose your lighting will serve, you can select the best options with confidence!

These are just a few ideas for how to light your bedroom. How are you lighting your space?