13 genius ideas for bedroom lights

13 lighting tips and tricks for your bedroom

Bedroom lighting

by Sarah O'Byrne |
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Designing the perfect bedroom lighting can be tricky. Ben Marshall, interior designer and creative director of Hudson Valley Lighting, summed up this difficulty perfectly when he said “When designing lighting for your bedroom, versatility is key. Bedrooms often need to be bright in the morning and relaxing and cosy at night.” There are many ways to achieve your ideal bedroom lightscape, and here are some options to help give you some much needed bedroom inspiration.

Wall Sconces

Simple and elegant, wall sconces are attached directly to the wall and have no base. They take up minimal space, making them a perfect and practical solution for smaller bedrooms. This option is also incredibly versatile because of the wide variety of options on the market. You could opt for something classic, like these from Corston.

There's very little downside to buying this wall sconce. While this lighting fixture may look simple, not every light needs to be the main focal point of a room. This understated wall sconce blends classic and modern designs, so is perfect if you want a blend of styles in your bedroom. It's sleek, minimalist, and will make any room look classy and elegant.


  • Made from quality materials.
  • Easy to install.
  • Due to its minimalist design, it can fit in in virtually any bedroom.


  • Some found it to look too small in their space, so be sure to consider the size and height of your wall before ordering.

Or you could opt for something more modern like these from West Elm.

Wall Sconce West ElmWest Elm

Inspired by 1950s and '60s design, the antique brass finish of the Arc Mid-Century Sconce is perfect for any vintage design lovers. The design is clean yet retro, and is sure to brighten up any bedroom, living room or reading nook.


  • Stylish.
  • Well made and beautifully designed.


  • The light emitted is quite dim due to the thick lampshade, but paired with some other lights it will still be a great addition to your room.

Italian architect, sculptor, and lighting designer Umberto Bellardi Ricci says, “The sconce is still a very desired type of lighting due to its ability to not absorb precious floor space in dense urban environments, but also in the context where screens and computers are so predominant that we often require more lateral wall-washed lighting rather than a direct ceiling illumination or direct light.”

Matching bedside lamps

Introducing matching bedside lamps on either side of the bed can be a ‘his and hers’ detail or simply a way to make your space more symmetrical. This can also be quite cost effective as many identical lamps can be sold in a pair. This set from John Lewis has a modern spin on a classic design, and is perfect if you’re looking for a smaller lamps.

We absolutely love these lamps. Sold as a pack of two, this set of table lamps allows you to place one on either side of your bed. Designed with a painted, ceramic base that's finished with a ribbed pattern. Thanks to their smaller profile, they're ideal if space is tight. The ceramic finish also lends a sleek look to any room.


  • Functional.
  • The two lights allow you to evenly distribute light around the room.


  • They're quite small, so not ideal if you're hoping to light up a large room.

Fabric lighting

A fabric lampshade can help to soften an otherwise harsh space. It’s also highly customisable, as you can order your preferred print or pattern to make sure your room looks exactly as you wish. Websites like Vanessa Arbuthnott make made-to-measure lampshades and allow you to alter your lampshade every step of the way.

Textured lighting

Similar to fabric lighting, there’s many other textures you can introduce to your bedroom. For example, a wicker light can create a rustic effect, or crystal European lampshade, though they can appear harsh, add an element of old-world glamour.

Amazon European lampshade
Price: £66.66

Arguably the most beautiful lamp on this list. Perfect for art lovers or fans of vintage pieces, this Tiffany style lamp is the perfect choice for you. Each piece of stained glass is hand-cut and soldered together, which creates a beautiful mosaic. This will bring a touch of European elegance to your room.


  • When switched on, the lights become even more vibrant, making this a real work of art.
  • Perfect if you want to add a pop of colour to your room.


  • The shade is slightly shorter than shown in the picture, so it doesn't entirely cover the bulb.

Underbed lighting

This will add a cosy glow to any bedroom and is perhaps the most effective way to utilise space in your lighting choices. A perfect choice for fans of functional minimalism, this will add a unique atmosphere to any room. There is even underbed lighting with motion sensors that will switch on once your foot hits the floor. The only downside would be that this option would not be ideal for those with pets.

Underbed lighting

Colourful lighting

Adding a pop of colour can change the mood of any room, and having a colourful lampshade is a simple and cost-effective way to do this. You could take this one step further and instead of opting for a colourful lampshade, get an LED lightbulb. Warm colours like red and orange replicate a sunset, and are popular choices for those who want a relaxing and calming effect in their bedroom in the evenings before going to sleep.

Pendant lighting

This energy-efficient option is stylish and chic, and makes the most of an otherwise dull space. These are also ideal for concentrating the light on darker areas of the room. There are many options for pendant lights, you can go minimalist or statement depending on the vibe of your room and the light coverage that you’re looking for.

Fairy lights

These are a tried-and-tested bedroom staple for a reason. Not only are they inexpensive, but they’re easy to install, come in a wide range of colours and shapes, and you have total control over where and how to hang these. They’re ideal if you want a darker more relaxing vibe before you go to sleep.


Geometric lighting

If you’re getting bored of your bedroom, introducing a geometric lamp can be a perfect way to add visual interest. This can be in the form of a sconce, a bedside light, or an overhead hanging light. Something like this overhead geometric light is simply yet dramatic.

LED lighting

There are countless benefits to using LED lights; they’re energy efficient and eco-friendly, they usually have dimmer options, they’re shatterproof which reduced the worry of messes, and they can have great benefits on your sleep pattern. There are even sunrise lamps to help ease seasonal affective disorder.

Layered lighting

Emma Deterding, Founder and Creative Director of Kelling Designs says, “When it comes to lighting your bedroom, it’s important to make sure you have different layers to not only change the atmosphere but also make sure you have the option of ample light. It’s where you spend most of your time, so it is definitely worth investing in.” Similarly, Ben Marshall, of Hudson Valley Lighting, said “Layering different types of lighting such as a table or floor lamps with wall or ceiling lighting will allow you to achieve this effortlessly.”

To achieve this, you can hang your ceiling lights in layered clusters, or simply combine hanging lights with sconces and bedside lights. Installing a dimmer switch in your overhead light will make it even easier to create different atmospheres throughout the day.


While this may sound extravagant, there are many affordable options. If you have the space for a chandelier, it is an eye-catching and glamorous way to light your room. These options from The Range and Amazon are perfect for a more inexpensive option.

chandelierThe Range

An affordable way to add a touch of glamour to your room, this chandelier will complement any decor. Really beautiful, and a great conversation piece.


  • Very affordable compared to other chandeliers.
  • A beautiful focal point for a room.


  • Might not be ideal for rooms with lower ceilings.

Price: £49.99

Available in a variety of sizes and styles, these chandeliers are known for their good value for money. Whether installed as a singular overhead light or in a cluster, this eye-catching chandelier will add some glamour and style to your space.


  • Excellent quality.
  • Makes for a beautiful statement lighting piece.


  • Can be tricky to install.

Architectural Digest wrote, “For bedrooms with high ceilings, a large chandelier can help fill up space. Even in smaller bedrooms, a large piece can work well—it helps draw the attention of the on-looker at the piece and away from the small square footage of the room.”

Accent lighting

Accent lighting, which is essentially bringing focus to darker spots in a room, can be achieved by integrated lights in other furniture, for example a headboard. Ben Marshall says, “In rooms designed for unwinding and resting, accent lighting should not be forgotten. To create a warm, chilled ambiance, sconces and picture lights are a perfect choice, and can also be used to accentuate a corner of a room, drawing attention to a favourite piece of artwork or furniture.”

Sarah O’Byrne has been an editorial assistant at heat, Closer and Yours since May 2023. She has a BA in English with Film and an MA in Literature and Culture - both from University College Dublin.

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