Bedroom Wall Lighting Ideas
Bedroom wall lights are a great way to add functional style to your bedroom and can be installed virtually anywhere in your room since you can hardwire them for a cleaner look or just plug them in when hard wiring isn’t possible. Keep in mind the overall design of your room and choose lights that have a complementary style and finish. Choose modern sconces, adjustable wall lamps, or pendants to achieve perfect layered lighting in your space and consider using wall lights to accentuate interesting architecture or features in your room.
Bedside wall lighting is an easy way to give your bedroom a new look. For clean lines and a familiar feel, look for a simple bedroom wall light with classic features. A simple black fixture with an adjustable arm can complement just about any decor and can fit into the tightest of spaces if you don’t have room for a bedside table.
Classic and Contemporary
For a contemporary bedroom, wall lights in an interesting but classic shape, like torches, can look great. Choose ones that have an opaque glass globe for soft diffuse lighting that shines in all directions and mount them slightly higher on the wall on either side of your bed.
Create a seriously cool bedroom for kids by building bed nooks. Adding a wall light to each nook will add illumination and a comforting glow for nighttime reading. Be sure to choose fixtures with a robust design and an inset glass shade for safety.
For a warm diffuse illumination, place a glowing wood veneer wall light on either side of your bed. An elegant style that resembles an intertwined sculpture is a great choice and will add sophistication to modern and contemporary styles alike.
Light the Candles
For a truly modern feel, choose a sleek design that combines a candle-like appearance with metallic accents. This type of fixture will provide up lighting and works especially well placed on either side of your bed above simple bedside tables.
LED wall lights are a practical and useful choice for bedside use. For added functionality, look for a light with a dimmer and that allows for adjustments to its angle and direction. Choose one that has an on/off switch on the fixture so you don’t even have to get out of bed when you are done reading.
A bedside wall light with an adjustable arm is perfect for reading in bed and then conveniently moving it out of the way when not in use. A simple design with neutral accents will work well with any type of aesthetic.
Let light mimic art by installing a wall light that glows from behind a beautiful metallic front. Adding a dimmer will allow the illumination to be adjusted for any mood. This type of fixture will complement the other lights in the room for perfectly layered light.
Classic and Convenient
A swing arm lamp with beautiful white shade and metallic accents is a classic choice for a traditional feel in your bedroom. Not only is a swing arm lamp a classic design, but it is also very convenient for adjustable illumination.
Futuristic but Familiar
For an intriguing futuristic look, choose a bedroom wall light that has an unconventional, yet extremely useful, design. LED lights allow for features like this large light disc that is completely adjustable from a central pivot point providing an interesting intersection of modern and familiar.
Midcentury Modern Mindset
For a midcentury modern aesthetic look for fixtures with an antique brass finish and clean, industrial lines. When tabletop room space is limited, choose a fixture with an adjustable arm that will shine light where you need it and then collapse against the wall to take up a minimum of space.
LED lights can have especially interesting forms, such as flowing sculptural designs with a graceful aesthetic. Choose one that diffuses light from behind an acrylic body for ambient light that is perfect for your bedside wall, especially if your bedside wall is painted a darker color for attractive contrasts.
Bedroom wall lights aren’t just good for bedside illumination. For beautiful accent lighting, use wall fixtures that provide uplighting perfect for accentuating bedroom architecture such as on either side of built-in shelves or a large mirror. Choose unobtrusive lights that blend seamlessly with your wall to let the focus remain on the details.
Change of Direction
A fully adjustable wall sconce is one of the best choices for bedroom wall lighting. Whether directed toward the bed for task lighting or directed up for ambient lighting, a sleek and stylish fixture that has a modern feel will enhance your bedroom’s aesthetic while adding functionality to your space.
If you have a small corner that is difficult to decorate, consider adding a wall light as a decorative accent. Look for one with a rounded organic shape and unexpected texture that throws warm ambient light in all directions for an interesting look.
Choose a fixture that has dual globes to throw light in opposing directions for an interesting take on bedside wall lighting. You could direct one side of the light at your bed for reading illumination or position the light vertically for interesting up- and downlighting.
Raising the Bar
For a twist on using a pair of matching fixtures on either side of your bed, add a bar light directly behind your bed to illuminate artwork or a unique headboard. You’ll still want to use bedside wall lamps for task lighting, but adding an additional fixture will create nicely layered lighting for your bedroom. For extra convenience, install a fixture that includes a switch on the base.
Reading Light Ready
For upgraded functionality, look for a wall light that includes a separate reading light for adjustable direct task illumination. For a contemporary feel, choose a fixture that has a clean geometric shape and is a contrasting color to your bedroom walls.
Combine the convenience of a wall sconce with the flair of pendant light to add functional and stylish illumination to your bedroom. This type of fixture works well over a bedside table. Choose one that has a beautiful shade and finish that accent your room’s decor.
Bedroom wall lighting is an integral part of the overall aesthetic of your space. The type of lights you choose will depend on your needs and the placement of the lights. Choose fixtures that enhance your design and provide functional illumination for tasks such as reading. Don’t forget to use wall lights to feature unique architectural details or your favorite piece of art.
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