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Above the Bed Lighting Ideas

Your bedroom is one of the more personal spaces in your home, so it’s a great place to really let your personal taste and style shine. One of the best ways to do this is with a statement light fixture above your bed. Depending on your space, a ceiling fan, pendant light, or recessed lights may look great, to name a few. Be sure to choose the right tone of light and consider adding convenience features such as dimmers for even better lighting. You can also use a combination of light fixtures for different layers of light.

Warming Up

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Theory Chandelier By Hinkley Lighting

With darker wood plank walls, it may look best to combine a candelabra style pendant over the bed with wall mount lights at the head of the bed. Choose a pendant with an open frame design to emit the most light and make the space feel warm and inviting.

Clean and Cool

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Impulse Chandelier By Fredrick Ramond

Complement a clean and simple aesthetic with a pendant that adds a pop of contemporary style. A fixture that throws light in all directions will add brightness and warmth to your space. Choose one with a finish that plays off the other design elements in your room.

Sophisticated Approach

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Fiona Drum Shade Pendant Light By Fredrick Ramond

Add modern sophistication over your bed with a pendant light that mixes elements of a crystal chandelier with dramatic drum shade. Look for a fixture with a mesh or translucent drum shade that emits even illumination for warm ambient lighting.

Hit the Ceiling

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An unexpected choice for lighting over a bed is recessed and cove lighting. Use cove lighting to highlight a decorative ceiling and provide a diffuse ambient glow for a relaxing bedroom. Recessed lights are also a good choice if you need more direct lighting.

Prime Pendants

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Hoist Pendant Light By Rich Brilliant Willing

If you have a vaulted ceiling, consider using a pendant light that will descend between the rafters above the bed. Choose a light that blends into your ceiling for a cohesive look or go bold with a pop of color or shine of metal.

Small Space, Big Impact

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Aim LED Pendant Light from FLOS

If your bed is in a smaller space, install a simple semi flush mount fixture over your bed to provide the entire space with ambient illumination. Pair it with pendants hung close to the wall at the head of the bed for task lighting. Choose fixtures that have similar finishes and styles for a cohesive, minimalist look.

Bright and Breezy

above bed ceiling fans and recessed lighting.
Star Propeller Ceiling Fan – Venge Motor By Star Fans

Increase the comfort of your bedroom by installing a sleek ceiling fan above your bed. Not only will this add a nice air circulation on hot summer nights, but it will also provide ambient lighting for your room especially when combined with recessed lights. Choose a fan with blades that are suited for the size of your room for the best outcome.

Light of Day

Orb chandelier above bed.
Raimond Suspension Light from Moooi

Create a dramatic tableau by placing a spherical pendant light with an intricate sculptural globe over your bed. Make it even more stylish by choosing an LED fixture that throws diffuse light in all directions for a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Elegant Aesthetic

Above bed nelson bubble lamp
Nelson Saucer Crisscross Bubble Pendant from Nelson Bubble Lamps – Image Via @cleandesignpartners

A simple, but beautiful, white shaded pendant light is the perfect choice for a bedroom with a transitional aesthetic. The white shade will allow for warm and glare-free ambient light and will enhance the style elements of the room. Choose a fixture that has a sophisticated sculptural feel for exceptional design.

Industrial Revolution

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Urban Loft Alchemy Pendant Light from Hammerton Studio

Add some industrial appeal to your bedroom by hanging a no-fuss pendant light above your bed. Choose one with metallic accents and a simple glass globe for a punch of style and bright ambient illumination. Consider hanging one on each side of your bed in lieu of bedside lamps.

Serene Symmetry

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Riviera 43955 Pendant Light By Kichler

Create a serene atmosphere by suspending matching clusters of clear glass globed pendant lights on either side of your bed for a symmetrical decorative design. Keeping one element the same, such as the type or color of the globe, while changing up the shape of the fixtures is a great way to add interest.

Side Note

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PH 5 Mini Pendant Light from Louis Poulsen

A chandelier or pendant mounted centrally over your bed isn’t the only option. Choose to go off-center by installing a pendant at the side of your bed instead of using a table lamp. Find a fixture that has multiple shades or an opaque globe for glare-free illumination.

Sense of Balance

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Gun Table Lamp from FLOS – Image Via

Well balanced lighting over your bed can make a world of difference in the overall feel of your room. Think about a combination of a ceiling fan, recessed lights, and cove lighting. Use all three together and add interesting table lamps for lighting for any need.

Triple Threat

Above bed ceiling fan and track lighting.
Spitfire Ceiling Fan By Fanimation Fans – Image Via

If you have a large bedroom, consider adding a ceiling fan with extra-long paddles and modern design. Install recessed lighting in the corners and some track lights positioned toward the perimeter of the room to wash the wall with illumination for perfect light layering.

Wall to Wall

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Tata Wall Sconce from Contardi Lighting

Look to the wall behind your bed as another great option for bedroom lighting. Install a wall sconce above some artwork to frame your bed, and add some additional sconces on either side of your bed for extra illumination and style.

Having a light fixture above your bed can add a finishing touch to your bedroom while providing relaxing ambient light. From semi-flush mount fixtures to pendants and chandeliers, there are options for every style and need. Consider an arrangement of different types of lighting fixtures to create complementary illumination for your space. For more YLighting ideas, see our Bedroom Lighting Ideas.

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