I had never considered overhead lighting in my bedroom. I’ve always preferred table (and possibly floor) lamps to create more of a ‘mood’ lighting effect rather than using a single overhead light. To me a bedroom is a place to relax, unwind, and of course, sleep. So bright overhead lights counteract the main purpose of a bedroom. Additionally, it’s a private space not often occupied by more than one or two people so a well-lit area (like a kitchen or entry hall) isn’t really necessary.
This had always been my thinking. Until now.
As we are finishing up the final phases of renovation in our master suite, I’m focusing on the layout and design of the room. Ian asked me the other day what I wanted to do about the light fixture in the middle of the ceiling and without thinking I said, “just remove it and cover it up.” But then I hesitated.
Many of the bedrooms I’ve loved on Houzz, Pinterest, House Beautiful, and other inspiration sources have had some kind of overhead lighting, usually a chandelier or pendant light. Since our room is already wired for one, why not pick one I like and install it? I can always put it on a dimmer so it’s not insanely bright all the time. And it might come in handy when Ian’s deciding, “are these black or navy blue dress socks?” and when packing – I always need lots of light when packing a suitcase. Also, it can make a beautiful design statement and give the room a more polished look.
Below are examples, ala Houzz, of some lovely overhead lighting in bedrooms…
So what do you think – overhead lighting in a bedroom, yes or no?!