How to Choose the Perfect Bedside Reading Lamps

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When you are reading your favorite novel before bedtime or surfing the internet on your tablet, your bedside reading lamps are there like a trusted friend. Have you ever thought about how to choose the perfect bedside reading lamps? Reading lamps come in different sizes, mounting options and decorative styles. Before you hastily choose just any lighting companion, take a look at these simple tips to consider when choosing the perfect table lamps for your bedroom.

Blue Bedside Table Lamps

Select bedside reading lamps that suit your bedroom lifestyle

Everyone has a different use for lighting in the bedroom and considering how you best use bedside lighting will help you choose the right fixtures. If you live in a small apartment or have a bedroom where space is limited, consider wall sconces or wall-mounted swing arm lamps . These are helpful for versatility when reading at night or for task work like crocheting or just for soft ambiance. If you have bedside tables that can afford space – look to gorgeous table lamps that command a presence and compliment your bed linen and wallpaper. Rachel Reider does a beautiful job with these blue table lamps that would make you feel great every time you get in and out of bed and will anchor the bed and room beautifully.

Mix and match reading lamps or keep them identical?

There used to be a time when bedside table lamps were all identical. In today’s modern home mixing and matching bedside lamps are welcomed but try and keep them a similar scale so you can reach them easily from either side of the bed. Also consider using a similar architectural theme when choosing different lamp base styles. The same lamp base colors but different lampshades or even keeping identical reading lamps with different bedside tables is a modern trend for your bedroom. Your bedroom doesn’t have to follow strict design rules as long as your bedside lamps feel comfortable to use and make your bedroom feel fabulous.

How to Choose Bedside Table Lamps for your Home

Decide what other lighting fixtures will be present in your bedroom

Depending on the rest of your bedroom you may need brighter bedside reading lamps, or a soft chandelier fixture may be plentiful. Feldman Architecture illuminated this loft bedroom beautifully with two chandeliers flanking each side of the bed. Plentiful daylight through adjacent windows and possible overall ambient lighting fixtures can help you choose lamps that will fit your illuminating needs. Also consider the light bulbs you use when choosing your bedside reading lamp. Softer white bulbs may cast a softer glow as well as lighter fabric lampshades can produce a more welcoming delivery of bedside luminescence.

Unique Bedside Lighting Idea

Creating a bedroom that you love to retreat to every evening can be made simple with the addition of the perfect lighting. Decide what your bedroom lifestyle is and how large the area is around your table to add lighting fixtures. Consider using nontraditional lighting fixtures such as chandeliers, but keep in mind that mixing and matching beside table lamps can still be a welcomed design choice. There’s nothing better than reaching over to your trusted bedside lamp to help you unwind after a long day. Choose the perfect bedside reading lamps with these tips to help create a relaxing bedtime reading experience that you can’t wait to retreat to.

Image credits: Rachel Reider, LMB Interiors, Feldman Architecture.

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  • Thank you for this post! These tips are really very useful and understandable! I

  • (Thanj you for this post! These tips are really very useful and understandable! I know that in some cases people try to make lamp by their own hands, and I reckon that it will be very beautiful design but what about it powerty? Have you ever heard about bega? I found some models here and I was attarcted by it design, everything is just right for me in it! But I know nothing about it brand and will be very happy if you know something and can explain it for me!)

    Dear Anonymous,

    We carry a line called "Besa," is this the lighting company you are referring to? You can see the styles of Besa Lighting Fixtures that we carry here:

    -The Lamps Plus Blog Team

  • I think you should choose a bedside lamp that looks unusual to guests and which matches in color and shade with other furniture around.

How to Choose the Perfect Bedside Reading Lamps