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L&L Ideas Guide: Cool Lighting for Bedrooms

Cool Bedroom Lighting

When looking for cool lighting for bedrooms, ideas range from paper lantern chandeliers and modern mood lamps, to a whole host of simple and easy to do DIY projects.

Creative Paper Lantern Ideas – Because they are so lightweight and inexpensive, paper lanterns can be used for such a wide range of creative, unique and simple bedroom lighting DIY projects. For example, you can take a piece of driftwood or scrap wood and attach it to the wall. Then wrap a small paper lantern around it, creating a light that hangs over the bed. Or how about creating a paper lantern chandelier – this can be done by hanging a number of paper lanterns down from the ceiling and have one pendant light hang down into the middle of the lanterns – creating this whimsical glow in all of the lanterns.

Other paper lantern DIY ideas include creating a fluffy coffee filter pendant light or stylizing a paper lantern with vintage maps, magazine photos, or anything cutouts.

Modern Mood Lamps – By using a mood lamp you can paint the room green, blue or any color to suit your mood. A mood lamp can create all sorts of cool lighting effects for your room – how about washing the walls in yellow when it is grey outside, or a deep red when you want to create a romantic environment? The simplest and most inexpensive way of adding mood lighting to a room is to a buy a remote controlled LED light bulb that changes colors. This can be screwed into any normal lamp shade or even into the ceiling. You can find one through the link on the right.

The mood light in the picture below is the Lune, available at Amazon.

Lune LED Mood Light

Yantouch makes the Jellyfish. It looks like a mix between an iPad and a jellyfish. It even has a gesture based touch pad control. Since it uses LED lights, the color combinations are endless (hundreds of thousands). And like many modern mood lamps you can leave it on your favorite color, or have it automatically cycle through different colors – available here.

Mood Light

Philips has a range of mood lamps, from table and wall lamps to color changing flower vases. You can find the collection in our post here: Philips Mood Light Collection.

Pendant Light Adapters – Recessed lights are great for modern homes. Since the light fixtures are hidden away in the ceiling, this creates a clean look in a room. However, there isn’t much you can do with it in terms of changing the design. But now pendant light adapters changes this. These are pendant lights that simply screw into a normal light socket. This allows you to hang sophisticated pendant lights and choose light shades that suits the décor in the room.

String Lights: Hang up some string lights to create a whimsical and romantic setting in the bedroom. LED string lights produce less heat so you can wrap them in drapes and fabric to create a soft glow, just like in the bedroom below.

Cool Bedroom Lights

Headboard Lighting – One of the ideas from our Romantic Lighting Ideas post was to use lights behind the headboard. This provides soft indirect lighting, ideal for creating a romantic setting. There are a number of ways to make this cool lighting design idea. LED light strips, like the DIODER from IKEA (found here), can be attached to the back of the headboard. There are headboards that have lights installed to the top of them. Or you can even fit lights into the headboard itself, as seen in the picture below. If you plan on using lights behind the headboard, it would be best to use LED lights as they produce less heat than other types of lights.

Panel Lights – In our indirect lighting ideas post, we highlighted the idea of using panels or art pieces and fitting lights behind them. The lights create a gentle glow all around the panel or art piece.

Cove Lighting – Another form of indirect lighting is cove lighting. This is when you install a false ceiling, and the lights sit hidden away bouncing light off of the ceiling and into the room. A simpler way of doing this is to use crown molding. Fit it to the wall a few inches down from the ceiling, creating a gap where lights can sit.

Magnetic Lamps – Want to add a little magical touch to your bedroom? Then have a look at some floating magnet lights here: L&L Look Book: The World Of Floating Magnetic Lamp Designs

DIY Lighting Ideas – DIY projects provide for some unique, creative and cool lighting ideas for bedrooms that are completely affordable and one of a kind.

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Navigating The Sea Of Master Bedroom Lighting Ideas

Master Bedroom Lighting Ideas

The master bedroom of your home should be a sanctuary of sorts, and a certain mood should be conveyed by the design and lighting of the space. There are probably as many master bedroom lighting ideas as there are bedroom designs, and it can be difficult, sometimes, to choose a lighting scheme that perfectly encapsulates the vibe you want through your design choices.

When it comes to the ceiling lights, you will want to hook them up to a dimmer switch so you can have full control of them. Keep them bright, or turn them down for more mood lighting.

Some specific light fixtures include: track lights, flush mount lights and if you are lighting for high ceilings opt for pendant lights. Because it is the master bedroom, cove lighting will add a sense of grandeur to the space. Have a look at our guide on bedroom ceiling lighting ideas for specific information on the different types of ceiling lights just mentioned. These ceiling lights ideally should not be installed directly over the bed (too intense for a bedroom lighting).

Another way to create mood lighting is to use table and floor lamps.

Master Bedroom Lighting

Most people tend to catch up on their reading while in bed. This means that your bedroom should be set up with easily adjustable reading lamps. If you have a partner, matching reading lights should be set up on either side of the bed, and they should provide enough light to read without eye strain. They should also be slender and unobtrusive so that you can read with proper illumination without disturbing your sleeping partner.

Because the master bedroom is most likely one of the largest rooms in your home, there is probably a wealth of wall space. You might want to take advantage of the space by installing some stylish sconces. These sconces can add an additional dimension of light to the room. When it comes to lighting design, you want to have a range of different light fixtures. This is because each type will produce different lighting effects creating layers of light, rather than using only one type of light fixture that gives off a monotone look in a room.

Lastly, you will want to make sure that the lights enhance the look of room, and not detract from it. Though there are many master bedroom lighting ideas, you will be best served by keeping things simple, as this will provide you with an elegant and tasteful bedroom ambiance.

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Design Guide: Kids Bedroom Lighting Ideas

Kids Bedroom Lighting Ideas

When it comes to kids bedroom lighting ideas, it is always best to consider their needs, as well as their playful nature. These spaces should be well-lit as the activity done inside this room is beyond one’s imagination. The little ones may opt to eat, sleep, run, jump, just about anything that demonstrates how unpredictable and energetic they are. These activities stress the importance of having safe and energy-saving components in the room so as to avoid accidents. The color of the lights can vary, according to your preference, but it is better to have neutral lighting in kids’ bedrooms.

Kids Bedroom Lights

Some kids have trouble sleeping at night. Their innocent imaginations can bring on thoughts of boogie monsters hiding under the bed. A simple night light that plugs straight into the plug socket can help a child ease into sleep.

There are battery powered lanterns that can sit on a side table. Not only do they serve as night lights, they can also be carried around.  These portable lamps can be used when the kid needs to pee but cannot reach the light switch or when there is a power cut. One example of a night light lantern can be seen here on Amazon.

A kid’s bedroom may house his or her own study area. This space should have adequate lighting so that the child’s eyes won’t be strained. A desk lamp is a good buy especially for kids who appreciate reading, as well as those who prefer spending a lot of time at their desk drawing.

Glow in the dark stickers on the ceiling are also whimsical options for providing more light in a kid’s bedroom.

There are also unique childrens wall lights like the Twilight Turtle. Not only does it glow softly acting as a night light, it also projects constellations onto the ceiling. Parents and kids can identify the constellations with the provided guide right before they go to sleep. Have a look at our post to see all the features of the Twilight Turtle Battery Operated Night Light.

Kids are known for their innocent, charming ways. Despite these wonderful traits, they are the hardest to please in almost all aspects. This is why it is better to give them nothing less but the best—in fact, they’d be thankful for the special attention and care that you give them as nurturing parents. Love and support can be achieved through the kind of environment that you create in the bedroom, and this includes providing the right kind of lighting for kids rooms.

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L&L Design Guide: 6 Bedroom Ceiling Lighting Ideas

Bedroom Ceiling Lighting Ideas

Lighting in a bedroom needs to be diffused, soft and relaxing. Most of the light source will come from the ceiling, though wall lights and lamps also play a part in creating a peaceful bedroom. There are 6 bedroom ceiling lighting ideas ranging from the popular recessed lights to cove lighting.

  • Recessed lights are the most common choice for modern bedroom lighting ideas in newly built homes, with standard height ceilings. These are simple light fixtures that are fitted within the ceiling, hiding the mechanical parts from view. As they are hidden, they have a sleek and modern appearance. There are also directional recessed lights, also known as downlights. These are brighter lights, and can be angled. They can be pointed to walls to highlight paintings, or down towards dressers.
Bedroom Lighting

Recessed ceiling lighting

  • Flush mount lights are another option for bedroom ceiling lighting fixtures. These can come in a range of different styles as seen below. There are modern, polished metal flush mounts, to more traditional rustic finishes.
  • Track lights are great because they only use one light outlet in the ceiling, yet you can have a number of lights come from it. Each light on the track is also adjustable, so you can angle them to point where the light is needed most.
  • Pendant lighting is ideal for high ceilings, as they will bring light closer down. These also provide a more sophisticated lighting design style. Instant pendant lights are the easiest way to install pendant lighting, as they simply screw into normal light sockets, whereas normal pendant lights will need some rewiring of the ceiling to be done.

Bedroom Mini Chandelier

  • Alongside pendant lights there are mini chandeliers for bedroom ceiling lighting. Again these are ideal for tall bedrooms. There are more modern and minimalistic chandelier styles than the stereotypical crystal chandeliers most people are accustom to. These multi-lamp hanging lights come in a wide range of styles to suite different design tastes.
  • Lastly there is cove lighting – lights that are hidden behind a cutaway in a false ceiling. This does require some construction work to be carried out, in adding the false ceiling. The result will be soft, diffused, and an elegant bedroom ceiling lighting design. Read here for all the different cove lighting ideas to choose from.

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