Using mood lighting to transform your bedroom
From choosing the perfect bedroom furniture to picking the comfiest bedding, we spend a lot of time making our bedroom spaces comfortable and relaxing places to be.
However, when decorating and designing, it can be easy to forget about one of the most important features of your room – lighting.
The right lighting can give your bedroom a relaxing ambience, making it even more comfortable and cosy. In fact, choosing the right lighting system could even help you get better quality sleep. On the flip side, the wrong lighting could keep you up and is unlikely to help your bedroom be the calming environment it should be.
If you’re wondering how to create mood lighting in your bedroom, we’re here to help. Below are some top tips for creating a beautiful and relaxing space through your lighting system.
Choose flexible ambient lighting
Soft, dim lights are the perfect choice for bedrooms. This type of light encourages cosiness and will likely help you sleep better too.
With this in mind, try to incorporate a dimmer switch for your overhead lighting. This will allow you to control the level of light in your room, meaning you can set the ambience to suit the amount of light you need. For example, a dim light in the hour leading up to bedtime could help you to unwind and relax. This may help you to sleep more soundly.
Pick your bulbs carefully
When thinking about how to create mood lighting, it’s worth bearing in mind that certain lightbulbs may have an impact on how well you sleep. Lights that emit a blue light (even if they appear white to look at) tend to interfere with sleep. Try to avoid Compact Fluorescent Bulbs and blue-tinted LED bulbs, as these might give you trouble sleeping.
Good choices for your bedroom bulbs include Incandescent Bulbs and warm LEDs.
Consider coloured bulbs
While it might seem strange, some coloured bulbs have been proven to help you sleep well. Red tinted lights and other warm light shades may help you to sleep soundly, so you might want to incorporate these into your space. For example, a lamp with a red bulb used an hour or two before bedtime could help to set a relaxing mood.
Incorporate smart technology
When considering how to create mood lighting in your bedroom, you might want to think about incorporating smart technology. Systems like these give you the opportunity to be really clever with your bedroom lighting. Dimmable bulbs, for example, can be programmed to fade before bedtime. This is an easy way of getting the ambience right and setting a sleep-inducing atmosphere. Some bulbs even give you the opportunity to change the colour of your lighting too, meaning you can create the right atmosphere whenever you want to (and at the click of a button!).
You could also invest in a sunrise alarm clock, which mimics natural daylight when waking, creating a stress-free alternative to sound alarms. Many smart technology systems offer a similar wake-up function, so if you choose to incorporate smart lighting into your bedroom, you may not need to buy a separate system.
For more advice on getting a great night’s sleep, visit the Bensons for Beds blog.