Whether yours is little more than a box room or a grand master suite you probably make use of your bedroom for more than just sleeping in. While a darkened bedroom is certainly usually conducive to slumber it is of little use for anything else. Therefore using modern lighting techniques to get the lighting in your bedroom just right to suit its functions and its style is crucial. Here are some tips bear in mind when selecting the right lighting scheme for your boudoir:

Size matters – When devising just the right lighting scheme for your unique bedroom it is important to keep in mind just how much space you have to work with. Most bedrooms do not have a ceiling that is much higher then nine feet so you may want to avoid very tall modern lighting fixtures in favor of accent lamps and wall sconces to keep the visual proportions in line. If you have a smaller bedroom make sure you add enough light that it does not feel more like a cave than restful retreat from the rest of the house.

Location – Light from a single glaring source overhead (and over your bed) is uncomfortable and distracting. No single source of lighting, however attractive, is going to be as useful, or as aesthetically pleasing as a layered lighting system that provides both great task lighting and mood enhancing softness when the occasion calls for it.

Bedside reading lamps are usually a standard in the bedroom. The best bedside reading lamps are those that can be adjusted to suit your personal tastes and have a good shade that shields the bulb and won’t wake a sleeping partner with too much glare.

If you are one of the many people who chooses to keep a computer and/or television in the bedroom you will need to add good task lighting there as well. On the other hand if you have created a nice little sitting nook with a comfy chair softer, less direct lighting will give the spot a more relaxed feel.

Closet Lighting – People often delight in the fact that they have a room with ample closet space and then completely forget about bothering to light it properly so that it is actually functional instead of just cavernous a la The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Modern lighting options like recessed or even track lighting are perfect for lighting up a closet so that you can actually see what you are doing when picking out clothes.

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