Bedroom lighting: 13 ideas to help you ace your scheme

Discover fabulous bedroom lighting solutions and give your space an update with these tips

Bedroom lighting from John Lewis
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Good bedroom lighting is vital to creating a relaxing and inviting space. But there’s  more to it than just buying a light you like the look of. Task lighting for reading, even overall illumination, and atmospheric lighting are all important, and a combination of wall lights, ceiling lights and lamps the key.

Naturally, we are here to help with inspirational bedroom lighting options to suit all styles and budgets, as well as expert tips.

Want an in-depth look at creating a lighting scheme? Check out our guide on how to design bedroom lighting

1. Try an extendable wall light

A wall light is must in any bedtime reader’s bedroom, and an extendable wall light makes adjusting the light to your needs easy – plus it adds an on-trend industrial twist. 

We love the warm copper sheen of the Aberdeen Wall Lamp by It's About Romi.

Aberdeen Wall Lamp By It's About Romi - Copper

(Image credit: Lime Lace)

2. Create a bohemian look with garland lights

Fairy lights or garland lights are the easiest (and probably cheapest) way to cheer up a bedroom. With tons of designs available, you can choose the exact shape, length, and colour you prefer. 

Our pick for bedroom lighting are the very romantic Juliet White Rose Fairy Lights by Lights4fun. With their delicate rose shape, they are perfect for creating a relaxed, slightly bohemian look. 

Juliet White Rose Fairy Lights by Lights4fun

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

3. Create a rustic atmosphere with a lantern

You don’t have to live in a country cottage to enjoy a rustic bedroom style. Whitewashed walls and upcycled furniture are a must. But the right bedroom lighting is also essential to getting the look right. Choose a bedside lamp with traditional charm to complete the scheme. 

The dainty Horse Copper Lantern from Dunelm will add a country-cottage twist to any bedroom.  

Dunelm AW18 Homestead Bedroom

(Image credit: Dunelm)

4. Experiment with colourful lamps

A brightly coloured bedside lamp – or a pair – will add depth to a neutral bedroom scheme. But why stick there? Try positioning another on your dressing table, or a chest of drawers.

Our pick is the pretty mini Gaston range from Loaf. 

Mini Gaston lamp range by Loaf

(Image credit: Loaf)

5. Create a smart look with symmetrical wall lights

Symmetrical arrangements are a failsafe choice for most bedrooms, and they can take a large bedroom to the next level of elegance and calm. Choose wall lights in a contrasting colour to the walls, and enjoy the striking, graphic effect. 

In this bedroom, Black Wall Lights have been paired up with The Hedonist Black Bed and pink bedlinen for a stunning, minimalist look. Both available from The French Bedroom Company. 

The French Bedroom Co Black Wall Lights

(Image credit: The French Bedroom Co)

6. Choose an unusual lamp for an edgy look

For a contemporary bedroom lighting look, mix and match a striking modern design with textured bedlinen and an industrial bedside cabinet. If you’re going for a variety of textures and shapes, a neutral colour palette will help pull the look together. And pick a light that can hold its own within an eclectic selection of items. 

To create the look of this cool bedroom, find similar lamps and the Beadie Bedside cabinet at Out There Interiors.

Nordic Cool Featuring - Beadie Bedside Cabinet and Splitz Lamp

(Image credit: Out There Interiors)

7. Pick a sleek metallic task lamp – it’s right on trend

A lamp with clean lines and a sleek silhouette is perfect as a bedside light in a contemporary scheme.  

We like the Obie Task Lamp in Brass from Made.com. Its warm metallic finish is right on trend. 

Obie Task Lamp Brass from Made.com

(Image credit: Made.com)

8. Pick geometric lights for a Scandi look

Want a Scandi bedroom with a minimum of effort? Invest time in selecting the lighting. For an authentic Scandinavian look, shades and lamps should steer clear of the ornate, but add interesting detail. This geometric design fits the bill. 

Pick a Zuiver lamp to re-create this Scandi bedroom look by Cuckooland. 

Cuckooland retro telephone in grey, Zuiver lamp

(Image credit: Cuckooland)

9. Go for a vintage glam look with a bell jar lamp

Gold and brass accents are a great way to introduce a glamorous, vintage element into your bedroom lighting scheme. If a large, all-shiny lamp seems a bit much for your bedroom, choose something with just a touch of metallic sheen.

We like the fun, Art Deco inspired Copper-effect Bell Jar Lamp from George Home. 

Copper-effect Bell Jar Lamp by George Home

(Image credit: George Home)

10. Floor lamps are not just for living rooms

A well designed floor lamp can do wonders in a large, airy bedroom. Casting a warm pool of light, a floor lamp will make the big space feel cosier on dark nights. 

The Northern Gear Floor Lamp creates a striking, geometric contrast in this bedroom by Nest.

Northern Gear Floor Lamp

(Image credit: Nest.co.uk)

11. Accessorise with pendant lights

Make sure overhead lighting isn’t harsh in a bedroom by choosing a warm-toned pendant light. Don’t forget to double check the height before you buy.

We like the wide range of pendant light styles available at John Lewis. 

John Lewis pendant lights

(Image credit: John Lewis)

12. Embrace the dark and moody trend with your bedroom lighting 

Love the dark and atmospheric decorating trend? Complete the look with bedroom lighting. Our tip is to look for a glass rather than fabric lampshade to retain enough light for reading and still create the moody vibe. 

The Mini Globe wall light in Anthracite by Original BTC is hand-blown and perfectly practical as a bedside light. 

Original BTC Mini Globe wall light £259

(Image credit: Original BTC)

13. Add some on-trend festoon lights to your bedroom lighting 

Once you’ve got all the main elements of your bedroom lighting sorted, you can add ambience with fairy lights. Our must-have right now? Festoon lights. We love how these black ones look against the all-white bedroom, but Lights4fun has some completely white ones, if you want a more subtle finish. 

Love this bedroom? You’ll want to check out our white bedroom feature, too.

Lights4fun bedroom lighting

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

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