Bedroom lighting - ideas and inspiration from the interior design experts

stucco by amara pajaama hub

Looking for some bedroom lighting inspiration? From heavenly havens to bold boudoirs, here’s how some of our favourite interior designers are using bedroom lighting to create a whole host of beautiful spaces… 

A bedroom is a place for rest and relaxation – but it’s also an opportunity to make a style statement! Whether you want to create a calming sanctuary, or go all out with a riot of colours and textures, the right lighting can really help to style up your bedroom. Here are 5 different bedroom lighting approaches from some top UK interior designers...

1) Use bedroom lighting to build on a colour scheme 

trafalgar table lamp styled by greg pennPhoto: @Manwithahammer

Your choice of bedroom lighting can complement and enhance your colour scheme. Here's proof from the renovator-supreme himself, Greg Penn (aka Instagram star @Manwithahammer). The blues of Pooky's Caribbean Jenga shade - sitting here atop our larger Trafalgar table lamp - set off the hues of the rest of the room's decor, creating a lovely, relaxing harmonious vibe.

See more of Greg's extraordinary, Herculean project to restore a 30-room Georgian mansion in Devon in our Q&A with him here.

2) Go soft: Introduce soft patterns and textures with your bedroom lighting

ali childsBedroom by Studio Alexandra. Photo by Finn Studio.

You can use your bedroom lighting to introduce different patterns and textures. This lovely bedroom ensemble by environmentally-conscious interior designer Ali Childs just oozes serenity.

It features the Piave paper lamp shade with its gorgeous marbling effect, which stands out beautifully against the muted background and echoes the patterning on the headboard. Meanwhile, the Lillee table lamp in orange wood brings a natural warmth and depth to the scene.

Find out more about Ali and her work here.  

3) Use wall lights as bedside lamps 

vicjie nickollsBedroom by Vickie Nickolls. Image: Interior Therapy

Peace and harmony is just what you need in a bedroom, as per this particularly blissful haven. The design from Vickie Nickolls of Interior Therapy features our Tiree wall light fitting with a black and white fabric shade (try a printed linen ikat shade in black zig-zag for the effect).

On a practical note, a wall light can be a great alternative to a bedside table lamp (and ensures there's plenty of room for flowers on the bedside table.)

4) Double up matching bedside table lamps for symmetry 

sean symington nellie lamps

Bedroom designed by Sean Symington (image credit),

Doubling up matching table lamps on either side of a bed is a perfect way to frame a bedroom. This room by the very talented Bath-based interior designer Sean Symington employs a pair of  Nellie table lamps in green as part of a pleasingly symmetrical scheme.

Read more expert tips on how, why and where to pair matching table lamps in this blog post.


5) Mix and match fearlessly to make a serious statement

amara pajaama hub stuccoPhoto: Amara @thepajaamahub 

Finally, if you really want to make a bold design statement, why not try mixing things up a bit? This eye-popping example from colour-loving designer Amara  has an amazing sense of energy.

Here our emerald green Stucco lamp base with orange zig zag lamp shade and our Mildred candlestick in tangerine serve to complement and enrich the overall theme, boldly holding their own amid the glorious riot of colours and patterns. Read more about Amara here.

Browse Pooky's range of beautiful, affordable designer bedroom lights.


See also:

How to light your bedroom for a better night’s sleep.

Pairing table lamps: why, where and how to use matching table lights