How Do You Pick a Bedside Lamp?
When it comes to decorating your bedroom, it’s the smaller details that affect the overall mood of the room and the impact that your design scheme will have.
Although selecting elements like colour schemes, textures, materials and layout matter, the key to outstanding bedroom design lies in your lighting features, or more specifically, your bedside lamps.
Choosing the right bedside lamps will help transform your bedroom into a perfectly restful space where you can relax and unwind, recharge your batteries, cosy up with a loved one and enjoy the restful sleep you need. Here’s how to get it right every single time.
What style bedside lamp do you want?
Choosing the right bedside lamp for your home is like selecting a piece of jewellery or other accessories to complement your favourite outfit- you get to decide. You can be as daring and bold or as minimal or as understated as you desire.
Start by considering what look you want to create in your bedroom and browse our online boutique for bedroom lighting inspiration.
Don’t feel like you have to stick to the same design scheme as the rest of your room- you can mix and match whatever style of colour you want, whether that’s just because you appreciate the design effect or you simply love the bedside lamp itself. Don’t be afraid to mix style.
What size bedside lamp should you choose?
Choosing the right size bedside lamp is more important than many people realise. It must be large enough to provide enough light yet not too big that it overpowers the room and the rest of the decor. Finding the right balance is key, and although there isn’t a straightforward way you can calculate what you need, the following steps can help:
- Sit on your bed and lean back against the headboard as if you’re reading your favourite book.
- Imagine a line running from your eye level towards your bedside table. This point is where the base of your shade should lie.
- Minus 5 cm (2 inches) to find out the ideal height of your lamp base.
What size lampshade should you choose for your bedside lamp?
To get your bedside lamp dimensions right, you’ll also need to calculate the ideal lamp shade size. Luckily, this is relatively straightforward to calculate. Simply measure the width of your lamp base and multiply this by two to get your ideal lampshade width. Then measure the height of your lamp base (including bulb and harp) and divide this by three to get your ideal lampshade height.
For example, if the width of your base is 15cm and the height is 66cm, you’d need a lampshade that measures at least 30cm x 22cm.
How many lamps should you buy?
For a child or a single person in a smaller bed, one bedside lamp is often enough. If you’re a couple or you’re sleeping in a double bed, you need a minimum of two, even if you only ever use one of them. Of course, you can add more lamps around the room to add extra light and create ambience or add other lights such as chandeliers or wall lights to your design.
By following the tips we’ve shared here, you can choose the right bedside lamp for your unique space each and every time. Make sure you consider both the style and size of your lamp and lampshade and you can transform your bedroom into a restful sanctuary.
Whether you’re looking to add an antique or retro touch, inject some classic chic or update the space with an industrial look, we have the luxury lighting for you. Visit our online lighting boutique to discover the right light for you.
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