A bedside lamp has two functions: to provide extra lighting in a bedroom and to contribute to the decor of the bedroom!
In general, the biggest mistake people make is choosing a bedside lamp that is too small for the space. The larger the room, the larger the bedside table, and the larger the lamp can be!
Another thing to consider: if you read a lot in bed, it is necessary to have a lamp that arrives just in the right place (not over your head) to light the book/reader without tiring your eyes too much. A lamp that can be positioned is ideal in this case.
Choosing the right type of bulb and lighting for a bedroom
As a general rule, a bedside lamp should not be the main source of lighting in a room; there should also be a ceiling light, recessed ceiling fixtures and/or a floor lamp. In this case, the bulb should provide a soft, “mood” light that is conducive to relaxation before going to sleep.
However, in many rooms, there is simply no other source of lighting. In this case, choosing a bedside lamp and/or a bulb with a dimmer switch is strongly recommended. This solution makes it possible to vary the lighting level according to your needs: brighter for dressing, applying make-up or doing a little work, softer and more muffled for reading in the evening, etc.
Is it important to have two lamps?
If you are alone in the room, it is not necessary to have two lamps, contrary to popular belief. On the other hand, in a very large room with a king bed, the effect of symmetry brought by two lamps on each side may be more harmonious.
Do the two lamps have to be the same?
Absolutely not! You can let your creativity run wild. It can be two identical lamps with different shades. It can be two different lamps, but in the same style or in the same tone. It can be two different lamps!
Bedside Lamp Styles
They are called like that because they are reminiscent of the ones used in the past (and sometimes still today) on desks. But they can also be used on a bedside table! Their biggest advantage is that they can be positioned and directed in (almost) any direction. This one has a classic line but a modern touch, too.
This is the traditional lamp, which is often the first thing that comes to mind. Its advantage is that it is possible to change the lampshade (or transform it) without having to buy it all back, if you get bored or if fashions change. This is the most popular type of lamp! There are some at all prices.
Lamp on legs
They usually have a more modern design, or even a burst design. Compared to a traditional oil lamp, this design is lighter and more compact, allowing even small items to be stored underneath and allows the use of variable intensity LED bulbs.
This more decorative type of lamp can make a maximum effect in the decoration of a bedroom! There are all kinds of lamps: some are more “adult” while others are perfect for children. They can be considered as much a decorative item (sometimes even a work of art) as a source of light. This one is absolutely superb, made of marble, glass and copper.
As their name suggests, they are lamps that hang on the wall, freeing up space on the bedside table! It’s discreet and great in small spaces. Such a lamp should be installed at just the right height for reading. There are both positionable and fixed models. The only disadvantage is that if you don’t want the wires to appear, it’s a bit more complicated to get the electricity to the right place.
This lamp is also a loudspeaker, designed by IKEA in collaboration with Sonos. It’s a unique and interesting object: it allows you to combine two functions on the bedside table – providing lighting as well as background music – thus saving space.