Design

How to Brighten Your Bedroom

Written by
ALISON ZINGARO
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
Framebridge

Lighting makes all the difference in any space, but it’s especially important in the bedroom. We’re talking about your sanctuary, after all – the place where you start and end your day, where you can be your complete self.

Whether you want to create a mood that exudes coziness or romance, dimmers are a must, multiple light sources are highly recommended and low-wattage bulbs are key. Traditional light fixtures and bedside lamps will certainly do the trick, but they’re not your only options. Here are five inventive ways for giving your room a warm and welcoming glow.

Elephant in the Room

String Lights

Strung along a wall or draped canopy-style above a bed, string lights have an enchanting effect wherever they’re placed. For something that feels a bit more permanent than the average LED strand, choose lights with metallic accents, like Anthropologie’s caged bulb string lights or OneFortyThree’s brass-socket lights.

Interior Wife

Portable Fireplaces

If your home doesn’t feature a full, working fireplace in the bedroom, don’t worry — you can still bask in the flickering glow of a flame. The freestanding Vauni Globe requires no vents and runs on clean-burning ethanol. And with its sleek, modern design, it’s hard to come up with a reason why this shouldn’t be the next addition to your bedroom.

House Beautiful

Shadow Play

Don’t leave your bedroom walls bare. Illuminate your surroundings with a perforated lantern that casts intricate, patterned shadows. Decorate your nightstand with a medley of tabletop lanterns or hang a brass pendant lamp above your bed to add subtle drama.

Nicole LaMotte for Parachute

Lighting as Sculpture

There’s art that steals the spotlight, and then there’s art that is the spotlight. Parachute Founder and CEO, Ariel Kaye, found a brilliant (zing!) way to add a punch of color to a neutral space with her custom “You Belong Here” neon sign. Achieve a similar look and with a lighted sign from Marcus Conrad Poston on Etsy.

Becky Kimball for Parachute

Metallic Accents

If bright is what you’re after, don’t underestimate the power of light-reflecting furniture and accents. Warm metallic objects, like this brass task lamp, add a soft gleam – especially next to a white duvet cover.

June 24, 2014
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