Cleverly positioned lighting will make a small bedroom feel brighter and more spacious. Here we show you the lights that work best in a small bedroom design scheme
Keep the main light simple
Your central light in your bedroom should be practical and simple. It's the light that you need to use to light as much of the room as possible as soon as night draws in. Look for a simple unfussy structure that throws light into each corner of the room, like the contemporary Menu Franklin chandelier, shown above. See if you can find a central light that is suitable for a dimmer switch too, so that you can dim the lights when you want to create a more atmospheric effect.
Alternatively, you can dot your ceiling with a few unobtrusive spot lights and let your bedside lights be the focal points of your room.
Fix bedside lights to walls or ceilings
To maximise space on your bedside tables, don't clutter them up with table lamps. This doesn't mean that you have to forego bedtime reading, however. You could choose wall-hung lights instead of a table light. Position them so that they spread a pool of light directly on to your pillow, providing optimal illusion for your latest novel.
To make your small bedroom feel a little more spacious, look for wall lights that don't protrude too far into the room. Wall light that can be moved around to direct the light exactly where you want it will come in useful too. And make sure that the switches are easy to access from the bed
Or, look for a multi-tasking wall light that doubles up as a bedside shelf, such as the one above. Here, the light is projected downwards and beamed upwards through a gap at the top of the shelf. It has three coloured filters too, which you can play around with to set a particular scene and you need to choose whether you want the version with the cable on the left or the right. If they're to go either side of a bed you will need one of each.
Pendant lights, that are suspended from the bedroom ceiling, can also work as bedside lights; these look particularly good when fixed as a pair on either side of a bed. Fix them reasonably close to the wall though, otherwise you'll be head-butting one every time you get into and out of bed.
Floor lamps are another option for lighting a bedside area. Look for one with a slim stand so that it doesn't take up too much physical space in your small bedroom.
Opt for wardrobe lights
Small bedrooms often have small windows and with little natural daylight, you may find it difficult to clearly see what you have in your wardrobe. To counteract this, go for wardrobes with internal lighting. You can also retro fit battery-operated wardrobe lights, many of these work on a sensor and automatically turn on when you open the wardrobe door.