Bedroom lighting needs to be flexible because it needs to work just as well first thing in the morning as it does last thing at night.
It needs to create a warm, relaxing, welcoming feel to help you wind down and relax when you retire there at night time, but it also needs to be bright and functional to help get you out of bed in the morning and perform essential tasks like getting dressed.
The main light needs to be in proportion to the size of the room but you should be free to be as elaborate as you like with the design! Why not try a chandelier to create a luxurious, regal, boudoir feel?
Most people like to read in bed, whether it is a book, a tablet, a newspaper or a crossword puzzle. If you share a bed with someone else it can help to have your own lights on your side of the bed so you can minimize the disruption to your partner if they have different nocturnal habits to you.
Touch-dimming bedside lights are a good idea, or lights with adjustable arms to direct the light in the direction you choose. This can be done with table lamps or wall lights, as long as they are adjustable.
If you apply makeup in your bedroom then a mirror-light at your dressing table or an additional table lamp are good ideas.
The bedroom is also one of the rooms where people like to be creative and add personal design touches. You should choose fittings that suit your style and personality – this is your own personal space after all.
Children’s bedrooms need to reflect the hobbies and interests of the child. They should be exciting, colourful, stimulating and comfortable, but safety is also paramount.
There should never be any hanging wires, trailing cables or fragile glass fittings, for example, in children’s bedrooms. All plug sockets should be checked regularly to make sure they are safe and should be covered when not in use.
A table lamp on a desk for homework or activities is a good idea, while the main central light can be decorated with a colourful shade in a design that suits the child’s interests.
Plug-in nightlights can help for young kids who might be a little afraid of the dark. LED night lights give off a cool glow and are cool to the touch.
Children with specific disabilities can also benefit from sensory lighting. This means bright, colourful, moving lighting, for example, or fittings that are appropriate to touch and interact with. Consult a behavioural professional with knowledge of your child’s condition before installing sensory lights.