Guys, lighting is huge. It's such an important part to the look, feel, and function of a room! We've all been in poorly lit spaces. Gross. I once ate at a restaurant that had blue lighting above our table. My food looked sooo nasty. My steak looked greenish-blue and it probably tasted good, but I couldn't get past the old and moldy visual effect the light had on my dinner.
Good lighting is a key element to every space, but I especially appreciate it in the bedroom. I love getting dressed in the morning under a nice luminous, warm light. (We all know what it's like to get ready under a blue-ish fluorescent. Not so flattering.) Or being able to let daylight in while I'm cleaning up and putting away laundry. I love being able to dim the lights for a more cozy or romantic evening or having a light next the my bed to read at night.
So what's the trick? It's all about layers, my friends. That's right, layers. Using multiple forms of light to create different moods and accomplish various tasks. Layered lighting makes a space more versatile and inviting by using general, ambient, task, accent, and mood lighting. What the heck are those? Well, let me tell you.
General lighting // provides an overhead, uniform light source that illuminates the entire space. It's usually accomplished through fixtures like ceiling fans, chandeliers, flush-mount ceiling fixtures, or large pendants. While these provide great lighting, a room can feel bland and monotonous if this is its only light source.
Ambient lighting // is a more indirect light source that helps light reflect inside a room. It usually comes from a fixture that throws light against a surface like the wall or ceiling. For example, recessed ceiling spotlights might wash the walls with light, uplighters can cast light onto the ceiling, or some fun and casual string lights can hang from the wall or ceiling where it is then reflected back into the room.
Task lighting // is just like it sounds. Lighting that helps us accomplish specific tasks. Reading, applying makeup, writing, drawing, etc. This light shouldn't be very high-contrast or it makes our eyes feel strained! So what can you use for task lighting? You know, the usj. Table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, or strip lights! (Like a strip of lights under a mirror, in case you were getting other ideas.)
Accent lighting // is definitely not used enough! I can see why since it's definitely more for aesthetic than function, but it's just so good! Accent lighting is used to emphasize a piece of art or an accessory in your space. It creates a little drama and can really kick your interior up a notch.
Mood lighting // creates a sense of romance or coziness. It's usually a soft, low, or glittering light against a dark background. This could include dimmed recessed lights, table lamps, floor lamps, or even a fireplace!
So, there you have it. Five types of lighting to help you create a beautiful bedroom. If you are building a home, doing a remodel, or just freshening things up, don't forget about lighting! It really does make such an impact on your home. It's not just me who thinks that, I had to take a semester long lighting class for my interior design degree! There's so much to know, but hopefully this post gets you headed in the right direction!