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The designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz said, “Light is the magical ingredient that makes or breaks a space; it’s one of the most important elements in all interiors.” He’s so right! Sadly, often times lighting a space becomes an afterthought. Here are 4 of my favorite tips for lighting that cozy place we love to spend cold winter nights in – our bedrooms.
Lights placed next to your bed not only create warmth and ambience, they also fulfill a purpose. Make sure whatever type of lighting you use is placed high enough so that the light shines down on that page-turning novel you can’t get enough of.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match! While symmetry is beautiful and stately, having different lamps on each side of the bed helps a space feel less formal; so choose lighting that reflects your personal style and story.
Use floor lamps. Yes, that’s right, try using a floor lamp next to your bed. Many of us don’t have space in our apartments or guest bedrooms to have nightstands on both sides of the bed. A smartly chosen floor lamp on one side of the bed and a table lamp on the other is a handsome solution.
I love sconces; they are jewelry for your wall, and who doesn’t love jewelry?! Free up your nightstand for some beautiful flowers or stylish books by placing sconces next to your bed instead of traditional lamps. Sconces are beauty and function all rolled up in one.
She’s got the durability of your favorite pair of jeans and the decadence of a strawberry covered in chocolate. The velvet tufts create an air of elegance and high class; the brass studs give her a feeling of warmth, depth and humility. It’s the best of both worlds – working hard for you money, and then enjoying the benefits of it – all wrapped up in one.
The end-of-bed bench. It’s the place to sit and put on your shoes in the morning before you head out the door. The place that holds a couple of your favorite books and a chunky knit throw for you to pick up whenever you find a spare second to relax.
It’s a place to watch TV until you’re tired enough to actually climb into bed and fall asleep for the night. A place to sit and chat with the one you love about how your day went. And hopefully for most it’s a combination of a lot of these things together.
If you have the space, the use of an end-of-bed bench completes the overall feel and look of a bedroom. It’s the icing on the cake really. An end-of-bed bench can really be a pair of ottomans, a settee, a pair of chairs, or even a small sofa. Depending on how you use your space, one option may serve you better than another.
For instance if you’re not one to spend too much time in your bedroom, perhaps a pair of small ottomans or bench will serve you well for a quick place to sit down and put on your shoes. Or if you’re the person that spends time lounging in your bedroom throughout the day, a daybed or chaise at the foot of your bed will accommodate those moments of relaxation.
If you have children, maybe a small sofa or even a minimal seating group at the end of your bed can serve as a place to gather together. So take a look at your space and think of how you use your own bedroom to see what end-of-bed piece will work best for you.
[photos from Home Bunch, Arkpad, Elle Decor, Madeline Stuart]