How to Create Effective Mood Lighting in Your Bedroom
There are certain rooms in your house where you may desire mood lighting for whatever reason. The bathroom might be somewhere you want to relax and unwind, whilst you might want mood lighting in the dining room to create a nice ambience whilst you eat. However, one area that is ideal for mood lighting is the bedroom.
Whether you want to chill out watching some TV in bed, curl up with a good book or whatever else you may have planned for the bedroom, mood lighting can really add a huge amount to the room’s atmosphere. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Have Lighting on Different Levels
All too often bedroom lighting consists of simply a singular ceiling light and maybe a bedside lamp. However, you can create multiple light sources by having lighting on different levels. This means that it doesn’t feel as if the light is all coming from one direction, which can lead it to feeling harsh and unwelcoming. To mix things up you can mix ceiling lights with table lamps as previously mentioned, but also with floor-standing lamps, wall lights, and maybe even floor level lighting. Obviously don’t use all these at once or your bedroom will look like Blackpool illuminations.
Install a Dimmer
Dimmers are a great addition to a bedroom for those who are very particular about the level of lighting in the room. You can change the lighting for whatever you’re doing in the room. If you want extra lighting for reading or getting changed, then simply turn up the dimmer, but if you want something a little softer or more romantic, then you can turn the dimmer down. You can still complement this lighting with other light sources to create the effect you want and light up certain areas of the room more than others.
Apart from fixed ceiling and wall lights, there’s nothing to stop you moving lighting around in your bedroom. You can move lamps around the room so that different areas of the room are illuminated, but you can also use alternative forms of lighting, such as fairy lights, to create a unique mood. Fairy lights are easy to move around the room, and as you can get them with various coloured bulbs, can give a really dynamic source of light. Some fairy lights are battery powered, too, which means they aren’t tied to being close to a plug socket. You can find a great range of fairy lights for bedroom ideas from lights4fun.co.uk, as well as some other great lighting ideas for all over the house.
Probably the best way of discovering what mood lighting works best for your bedroom is to experiment. There are no hard and fast rules, but you may also be able to get inspiration from various home living magazines (Ideal Home is a good choice) on how to create the atmosphere you desire.