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Bedside Reading Light Ideas for Modernists

The bedroom is your sanctuary—a personal, intimate living space. The decor you use to personalize your room can create a certain desired mood ranging from serenity to inspiration to even confidence. But more often than not, it can speak volumes about a person without even uttering a single word. Here, a few ideas for bedside lighting that says a little something about your modern self.

For the Minimalists:

Clean lines and the bare necessities make up these modern bedside lights. If you identify with simplicity, form, and function, then minimalist bedside lighting is all you.

The open framed and slender silhouette of the Pablo Contour Table Lamp keeps things open. There’s an integrated USB port, so you can charge your devices while you finish that mystery novel you can’t seem to put down.

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Pendant lights make for unexpected bedside lighting. The E27 Pendant Light from Muuto is clean, simple, and let’s you read with ease. And the muted colored cords are beautiful.

The Stickbulb 2 Foot Torch Table Lamp is a minimalists dream. An angled stick of wood houses integrated LEDS, giving off natural looking light.

For the Functionalists:

Bedside lighting that’s out to do its job, these bedside lamps are all about functionality, though they still look great while they work.

If you need to free up the space on your bedside table but don’t want a traditional wall sconce, then consider the Pixo Wall Light from Pablo. A cross between a bedroom table lamp and a wall sconce, this bedside light provides the perfect reading glow, without taking up the extra space.

The Fuse Switched LED Wall Sconce from Astro Lighting lets you direct the LED beam where you may, and looks oh so sleek.

Get double the bedside lighting in one with the Levo LED Bedside Sconce and Reading Light w/ USB Charger. An extendable reading light folds out from under a mounted wall sconce, delivering bright light to read under, or ambient lighting if you turn it toward the wall or floor.

For the Modernists:

Bedside lighting in beautiful designs. These fixtures are each artfully modern in their own way.

George Nelson’s Cigar Table Lamp is a classic favorite, and makes a great bedside lamp for ambient light. It’s iconic form brings a design element while the easy pull chain makes it simple to shut on and off without moving from under the cozy covers.

The Mantis Collection by DCW éditions is a tribute to movement, with a unique sculptural shade that responds like an acrobat in mid air. The asymmetrical head is fully adjustable to move direct light where you need it. The lamp was originally designed in 1951 but remains a modern favorite to this day.

Pendant lamps are a great option for an unexpected bedside lamp, and just as functional. Rich Brilliant Willing’s Hoist Pendant was designed to combat the forever-out-of-reach electrical outlet. The fixture uses the generously long cord as an integral part of its design, and uses the cord as an integral part of the design, swagging up and down the wall for a visual effect that is equally functional.

There’s not just one way to add bedroom lighting to your private sanctuary. Depending upon your style of choice and the composition of the room, your options can become quite diverse. A hanging pendant light might be best if you know changing the direction of your light is not necessary. Maybe function is important to you, and having an adjustable wall sconce right next to you means bedside perfect. Or, maybe all you need is a nightstand with a classic bedside reading lamp. It all depends on you.

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