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Modern Bedroom Lighting Design: Tips and Basics

March 26, 2024

Lighting Expert, @lightsdotcom

Modern bedrooms are versatile, intimate spaces. They serve as a physical reflection of your interests and style and as a retreat from daily stresses. Modern bedroom lighting should be designed with attention to equal parts functionality and relaxation. This 101 is a quick guide with tips for getting the bedroom lighting you need in with the modern bedroom lighting style you want.

In bedrooms, we typically aim to achieve a soft, diffused general light and support the main lighting source with strategically placed task lighting for activities that require brighter, direct light.

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Flush Mounts

The goal for overhead lighting is an even, inviting light. Use the height of the ceilings in your bedroom to narrow down to the best options for the space. For ceilings 8ft and lower, choosing a flush mount fixture will illuminate the whole room with a diffused light while keeping a short, ceiling-grazing profile.

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Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black
Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black

Castell 3 Globe LED Semi-Flush, Matte Black

$199.00
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass

Farrah Jute Flush Mount, Natural and Aged Brass

$129.00
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass
Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass

Jules Glass Flush Mount, Satin Brass with Clear Glass

$189.00
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass
Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass

Joni LED Alabaster Flush Mount, Aged Brass

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$349.00

Chandeliers

Higher ceilings allow for more options and bigger fixtures. Chandeliers add drama to the modern bedroom, while providing the kind of atmospheric light ideal for bedroom comfort. Most Chandeliers direct light upward, where it’s reflected off the ceiling for a warm, soothing glow throughout the room.

Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass
Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass

Farrah Small Jute Pendant, Natural and Aged Brass

$179.10
$199.00
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black
Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black

Castell 6 Globe Round LED Chandelier, Matte Black

$499.00
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18
Luca Large 18

Luca Large 18" Conical Pendant, Polished Nickel

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Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass
Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass

Levi 4-Globe LED Chandelier, Aged Brass

$349.00
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Sconces

Wall sconces are an elegant solution for bedsiding lighting. Placing one sconce on either side of the bed gives you the nighttime light you need and adds a polished, intentional feel to the space. Modern bedroom lighting styles include a wide range of looks and functionalities. For example, the “swing arm” sconces swivel back and forth, allowing you to direct the light exactly where you need it. Wall sconces offer the added perk of freeing up valuable nightstand real estate, leaving room for your clock, phone chargers, and maybe even a good book.

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Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black
Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black

Powell LED Wall Sconce with Hooded White Globe, Matte Black

$129.00
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass
Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass

Carlisle Vanity Wall Sconce, Matte Black with Opal Glass

$79.00

Hot Tips:

  • For placement, measure from the floor to the top of the sconce. It should be roughly 55”-60”
  • If your sconce has a switch, review the placement before installing. You want to be sure you can reach it from the bed.
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Table Lamps

Table lamps are the classic answer to bedside lighting. While occupying space on the table itself, they’re able to produce all the night time illumination you need right at arm's length. A renter-friendly option with no installation, adding lamps provide a diffused, low-key glow perfect for winding down.

Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black
Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black
Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black
Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black
Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black
Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black
Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black
Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black

Prospect Table Lamp, Matte Black

$69.00
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass
Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass

Laurel Glass Cylinder Table Lamp, Satin Brass

$149.00
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black
Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black

Castell 2 Globe LED Table Lamp, Matte Black

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$129.00
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel

Owen Table Lamp, Polished Nickel

$99.99
$169.00

Floor Lamps

Visually open up space in your bedroom by adding a floor lamp. Light up dark corners or add a cozy vibe to a sitting area or arm chair.

You can add layers to your modern bedroom lighting, by choosing a variety in your fixtures. Choose complementary elements to unify and enrich your private surroundings. Task lighting near your bed, a warm glow from the lamp across the room, overhead lighting to provide the foundation for mood, each component adds to the restorative power of a private sanctuary.

Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass
Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass

Castell 2 Globe LED Floor Lamp, Aged Brass

$119.99
$199.00
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass
Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass

Owen Floor Lamp, Satin Brass

$149.99
$249.00
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel

Laurel Glass Cylinder Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel

$199.99
$249.00
Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel
Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel

Owen Floor Lamp, Polished Nickel

$149.99
$249.00
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