One of the most important aspects of interior design is the light. Lighting impacts the look of any room and creates an atmosphere for social events. However, it also impacts emotion. Researchers have long known that lighting can lift one’s mood or contribute to someone slipping into depression. For instance, seasonal depression impacts people who are faced with gray skies, persistent gloom, and a general lack of light.
That said, for many people, it is also important how a room is lit. For instance, it is not always in one’s interest to simply buy the brightest bulb and call it a day. Instead, the many ways you can light a bedroom often have just as much impact on intimate social settings and emotion.
1. Solar lamps
Although indoor solar lamps come in a variety of shapes and sizes, most are designed to fit on an end table or nightstand. Consequently, they represent some of the most eco-friendly ways to light any bedroom.
With the lamp positioned on a nightstand, you can then setup the solar power. For instance, these lamps come with a solar panel that you can place in a window or somewhere that receives direct sunlight. The solar panel connects to the lamp, and once the panel is fully charged, the lamp will provide light for five to six hours.
2. Asymmetric accents
Accent lighting offers some of the most intimate and functional lighting for any bedroom. However, if you design the lighting asymmetrically, you can achieve a unique bedroom ambiance that serves as a type of layout.
For instance, in asymmetrical lighting, you place lights in non-uniform positions throughout the bedroom. The trick to keeping the room pleasant and inviting is to layer the lights according to the following brightness formula.
- non-central master light: brightest light in the room
- functional lights: half the brightness of the master light
- accent lights: dim lights designed to provide ambiance
When the room is layered in lights of varying brightness, the room can take on a contour of its own that is defined solely by light. Much like a picture adheres to principles of composition, asymmetrical light, done right, can turn a typical square bedroom into a room that weaves, and turns, and invites.
3. Diffused skylights
The best light for many people consists of nothing but sunlight. However, many windows do not always face the sun. In winter, for instance, only south-facing windows get the most light. A skylight, however, is able to capture the sunlight, and the right skylight can cast a soft glow across any room.
Diffused skylights, in fact, are common in business entry ways as they create a professional feel. For residences, a diffused skylight can create a sense of warmth and coziness while also opening up any bedroom. Some people have identified up to 11 types of skylights.
However, they always provide three types of lighting experiences.
- circular skylights: provide lamp-like light from the ceiling.
- angled skylights: provide direct light on a specific part of the room
- clear skylights: provide a clear view of the sky
Of course, the skylight must be designed to your taste, but it is important to note that skylights also positively impact your home’s resale value. Finally, in terms of day-night lighting, skylights are able to benefit from moonlight and starlight. Consequently, they are one of the most romantic ways to achieve dusk to dawn light.
4. Smart lights
Smart lights are able to sense when a person enters the room. Once they detect you, they adjust their brightness to a pre-defined luminosity. However, smart lights are also gaining personality in the form of Amazon’s sentry, Alexa. The sentry, for instance, is always on, watching and listening. In addition to the information it collects and stores about the customers it watches, it also can accept their voice commands.
All you have to do is tell the personalized sentry to dim the lights or increase the brightness. Manufacturers make a variety of smart lights that work with Alexa, and these bulbs can also be purchased in a variety of colors. When you are feeling ready to relax in your bedroom or engage in intimacy, Amazon’s sentry can adjust your bedroom to suit your mood.