At bedside lamps have two basic functions in the room: providing enough light for comfortable reading and other in-room activities, and looking great while doing so.
However, choosing the ideal lampshade can be confusing. How many lamps do you need? How big should the lampshade be? What style should you choose? The questions can be many. Fortunately, there are basic decorating rules that answer all these questions and make it easy to choose the right bedside lamp. Check out:
How many bedside lamps do you need?
As a general rule of thumb, you need one bedside lamp if you are the only one sleeping in the bed and two if you have a partner. If your room is too big or your mattress is kingtwo luminaires guarantee a better balanceregardless of whether you are the only one using the room or not.
Even if you have two bedside lamps, don’t count on them as the only source of lighting in the room. If you don’t have a ceiling light, you will need at least one other light, preferably a floor lampon the other side of the bed.
How wide should your lamp be?
One of the most common bedroom decorating mistakes is choosing the wrong size of bedside lamp. Most of the time, people opt for a lamp that is too small. But the rule of thumb is: the wider your mattress, the wider the bedside table; and the wider the bedside table, the wider the bedside lamp on her.
Generally speaking, your bedside table should measure between one-third and two-thirds of the width of your mattress, and the bedside lamp should be approximately one-third the width of the bedside table when measured at the widest point of the lamp.
How tall should your lamp be?
Choosing the right height lamp is especially important if you are a night reader. After all, you don’t want the light to shine over your head, nor do you want it directly into your eyes.
Assuming your bedside table is the same height as your mattress, look for a lamp the same height as your bedside table, plus 5 or 7 cm extra.
Lamp switch placement is also an issue. You don’t want to have to get out of bed to turn the lamp on or off or risk hurting your back – or falling completely out of bed – to reach the switch.
The ideal height for the switch is approximately the same length as your arm, anywhere between 53 cm and 71 cm for most people. Of course, the most convenient of all is a bedside lamp with the on/off switch on the cord.
How to choose the lampshade
The right size lampshade balances the lamp. Generally, the height of the lampshade should be approx. two-thirds of the height of the lamp bodymeasuring from the bottom of the lamp to the base of the lamp.
The width of the lampshade should be approximately twice the width of the widest part of the lamp.
If you have a very thin lamp, choose a lampshade that is no wider than it is tall for the best proportion. For best reading at bedtime, the base of the lamp should be approximately at the same level as your eyes while sitting on the bed.
- Height: Two-thirds of the height of the lamp.
- Width: Twice the width of the lamp.
You white or off-white lampshades They let in more light, but colored lampshades are a great way to add a special touch to your decor. As for the shape, drum curtains are the current trend, but you go wrong by matching the shape of the lampshade with the shape of the lamp.
How to choose your bedroom lamp style
As long as the bedside lamps match the rest of your bedroom decor, their color and style is up to you. Spice up a contemporary room with an elegant glass or chrome lamp, or choose a traditional ceramic lamp for a country room.
Have fun with a lampshade shaped or decorated with a typical print of your decorating style: anchor in a seaside-style bedroom, palm tree in a tropical bedroom, or grapes in a Tuscan-themed bedroom, for example.
Think of your bedside lamp as a powerful detail in your bedroom and choose accordingly!
Did you understand everything? Now it’s time to get inspired. Check out some lamp ideas to light up your room below:
* Via The Spruce