Four stylish and smart bedroom lighting tips — from the experts at Original BTC

Light up your bedroom with these pretty and practical bedroom lighting tips

Modern bedroom lighting tips with a gray statement headboard and artwork on white walls.
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The experts at Original BTC are here with some illuminating bedroom lighting tips so you can be prepared and inspired when organising your bedroom lights.

Beautiful bedroom lighting ideas can transform a space, but who would have thought that lighting up your bedroom would be such a minefield? 

When redecorating or remodelling, you need to plan bedroom lighting in advance, so everything can be wired by the electrician a long time before you start ordering those Farrow & Ball samples.


Bedroom lighting tips illustrated in a taupe scheme with black anglepoise lamp beside a bed with layers of cushions.

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It certainly pays to think about what you need when it comes to bedroom lighting while browsing different bedroom ideas.

For example, if you read a lot at night or don't have a lot of space, you may want to look at bedroom wall lighting ideas. Style-wise, light fittings can vary wildly and you can choose anything from vintage to industrial depending on the look you're going for.

Peter Bowles, founder and MD of Original BTC, shares his top bedroom lighting tips below.

1. Layer your lighting

Layered bedroom lighting tips in a dark scheme with white bedlinen.

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Bedrooms are practical as well as relaxation spaces, so plan your lighting accordingly. Use a mixture of task, mood and accent lighting to create a layered scheme that will work at any time of day and across the seasons - cosy in winter, light and airy in summer.

2. Find the right fit

An example of wall bedroom lighting tips by a blue and white tile print headboard.

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When you plan your bedroom lighting, consider different types of light fitting, not just the light they provide. Bedroom ceiling lighting ideas are great space-savers in small rooms, but in low-ceilinged rooms, wall-mounted lights are ideal and will help create a clean, boutique hotel look.

3. Hit the spot

Bedroom lighting tips in an alcove dressing table with neutral color scheme and round mirror.

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Remember to illuminate areas such as dressing tables, wardrobes and reading nooks where more focused task lighting is required.

4. Get creative

Statement long pendant bedroom lighting in a blue scheme.

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Think creatively: floor lights with adjustable arms or even a pair of low-hanging bedroom wall lights such as pendants can make dramatic bedside lights.

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