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25 of the best Master Bedroom Lighting Ideas

When it comes to lighting your master bedroom, there are many fixture options, from fans to semi-flush and flush mount fixtures to chandeliers, recessed lights and lamps. The best lighting schemes provide a combination of multiple fixture types to deliver layers of light. Read on to learn more about the best bedroom lighting strategies.

Go Traditional

Create a traditional bedroom with a tufted, upholstered headboard, matching bench, textured rug and long drapes. An elegant chandelier above the bed rounds out the look. Pair it with two drum-shaded table lamps on either side of the bed.

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Add Height

Bark and Chase designers went for a bold black and cream bedroom design. A robust ceiling fan with light provides overhead illumination, while globe wall sconces flank each side of the bed. The vertical nature of these fixtures emphasizes the height of the black chevron upholstered headboard.

Tried and True Tricks

This elegant bedroom combines several tried and true decor moves. Colorful accessories pop against the otherwise neutral decor. Textured/patterned touches—a rug, accent pillows and artwork—add interest. The bedroom chandelier, draped in metal mesh, pulls it all together.

Add Architectural Interest

Nadia Watts of Nadia Watts Interior Design delivered a restful master bedroom design. Here architectural features play up the spay, with a sculptural tray ceiling and arched wall insert behind the bed. Two elegant bedside lamps and two cleverly recessed lights provide adequate illumination.

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Midcentury Blues

Pops of blue offset this neutral bedroom interior by Kristin Phillips of Kristin Phillips Interior Design. A midcentury modern style chandelier adds a sophisticated touch. It echoes the forms of the sculptural bedside table lamps.

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray Design Studio created the ultimate soothing gray retreat. A ceiling fan with light keeps the air moving while oversize wall sconces in a chrome finish play off the cool color palette. The space is grounded by a dark wood floor.

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Patricia Davis of Patricia Davis Brown Design crafted a coastal-inspired interior with fluid artwork, views of the water and an aquatic-inspired rug. A modern white ceiling fan blends into the architecture while delicate multi-pendants light the bedside.

Sculptural Moves

A sculptural fixture draped in metal chain instantly becomes the focal point of this sophisticated primary bedroom. The rest of the light is indirect, coming from softly shaded bedside lamps and even tape lighting under the bed frame! Ample natural light, including from a clerestory, floods the space during the day.

Sputnik and Whimsy

A sputnik chandelier dominates this whimsical bedroom by Pamela O'Brien of Pamela Hope Designs. Accents of pink, blue and other shades with plentiful textures stand out against a white backdrop. A chunky throw and coordinating rug ground this funky design.

Simple Approach

Waterfront views from your bedroom are hard to beat, as in this project by Kelly Taylor of Kelly Taylor Designs. She kept the lighting scheme simple, relying on natural light during the day and beside lamps by night. Neutral tones are soothing and relaxing.

Make a Statement

You can use your lighting to make a strong design statement in your bedroom. This eye-catching chandelier comprises shards of Vermont slate. It works against the otherwise neutral backdrop while tapping into the palette of earthy tones and textures.

Boho Statement

This stunning chandelier features jute and wooden beads, creating the perfect bohemian centerpiece for a bedroom. Soft textures, earthy tones and thoughtful details give it a calming ambience. Traditionally paneled walls help to ground the look.

Back to Basics

For many people, a classic bedroom can be defined by a wood bed frame, stray ceiling and neutral tones. This design by Nadia Watts of Nadia Watts Interior Design exemplifies all of that. Two elegant bedside table lamps provide illumination before bedtime.

Bedside Lamps

MC Design opted for sleek black bedside lamps that complement the bed frame, art frames and other accents throughout this crisply designed space. In bedrooms, bedside table lamps are so important because they provide ambient light and task light (reading before bed). All you need is a good overhead light source to complete the scheme.

Midcentury Vibes

If you are going for a midcentury modern look in your master bedroom, consider a sputnik-stye chandelier that combines brass and black accents with exposed bulbs. Pair it with a simple platform bed frame, textured rug, white walls and bedside lamps.

Architectural Enhancements

This traditional bedroom benefits from light from an elegant chandelier set within a ceiling medallion. Recessed lighting provides general overhead lighting, while brass bedside table lamps round out the lighting scheme. The fixtures enhance the architecture of the space.

Palette of Cream

Pamela O'Brien of Pamela Hope Designs cultivated a sweet master bedroom with accents of blue and a palette of cream. Stately bedside lamps provide uniform bedside light. During the day, ample natural light penetrates through windows flanked by tall blinds, adding height to the space.

Restful Respite

Kelly Taylor of Kelly Taylor Interior Design created a serene bedroom environment with a great view. Two jewelry-like wall sconces provide all the bedside light needed. A soothing neutral palette makes for a restful respite.

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Go Oversize

Two oversize bedroom pendants with brass lining take the place of bedside lamps in this design by Patricia Davis Brown Designs. A tropical bring beset accented by an orange bench provide a laid-back feel. Otherwise surfaces are white, with a coordinating ceiling fan with light.

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Texture, Tone and Pattern

The key to any successful decor is mixing textures, tones and patterns. This bright white bedroom features a wicker headboard and colorful pillows that pop. Simple bedside table lamps are all that’s needed to tie the look together.

Moody Feel

Shades of Gray Design Studio opted for charcoal gray for this dramatic bedroom design. A flush-mount chandelier plays into the dramatic feel, while bedside sconces drip downward. An all-white bed offsets the moody scene.

Candy Cotton

Kristin Phillips of Kristin Phillips Interior Design created a colorful, fun sugar-sweet master bedroom design that combines hues of pink and blue. An organic central pendant aligns with the fireplace, picking up its materiality and tone. Soft pink walls reflect natural light infused with warmth.

Canopy Bed Idea

If you have a large canopy bed, look for a delicate chandelier that doesn’t try to compete. This slender brass option fits the bill and also works with a sloping ceiling plane. Neutral tones promote restful slumber.

Whimsical Effect

Megan Dufrense, founder and principal of MC Design in Manhattan Beach, California, combined a textural wall covering with peacock-eye pendants in this whimsical bedroom design. Bright patterned pillows and funky decorative accents further set the tone. Recessed lights provide any additional overhead light that’s needed.

Restful Retreat

This restful modern bedroom features several light sources, beyond the natural light streaming in through the large windows. A contemporary fan works the neutral decor to create a comfortable environment, while recessed wall lights wash the surface with light. A bedside lamp is perfect for reading before bed.

Lighting is especially important for a bedroom as it helps with tasks like reading before bed, getting dressed in the morning, and generally creating an ambience that promotes rest. Choose your fixtures depending on how you use the space and your home’s aesthetics. We hope these ideas have been helpful!


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