Gallery Image: Create an ambience in your bedroom with accent lighting. This headboard has LED colour-changing lights in it that will give a warm glow at night. A fully fitted Sharps bedroom costs from £2,000, including design, manufacture, delivery and installation (sharps.co.uk).

In a bedroom you will need a mix of task lighting, such as illuminated mirrors and bedside spotlights, and ambient, low-level lighting, such as dimmable overhead or bedside lamps. However, you should also consider including lighting in wardrobes and storage.

‘We can incorporate interior lighting into our Glamour cabinet and walk-in wardrobes,’ explains Rachel Dilekci, design and planning expert at Sharps. ‘In addition, lighting can be placed within storage units to illuminate clothing and accessories, while downlights fitted above the door exterior create a soft glow on the wardrobes themselves, adding extra ambience to the bedroom and reducing the need for harsh ceiling lights.’

Laura Pagan of Pagazzi Lighting suggests that you consider the wattage of bulbs carefully. ‘These will directly affect the brightness level of the room,’ she says. ‘And, if you don’t have any room for bedside lamps, there is a wide variety of wall lights available that are perfect for night-time reading.’

A bedroom with a grouping of paper pendant shades; An anglepoise bedside lamp


Above: (Left) If your lighting scheme isn’t being created as part of a home renovation, fit lights retrospectively. This bedroom has a grouping of Väte rice paper pendant shades, from £5.50 for (H)31x(dia.)46cm, as a stunning centrepiece, plus energy-saving Tisdag LED steel wall lights, (dia.)12x(D)36cm, £35, all Ikea; (Right) Looking to create a budget but on-trend lighting scheme? Anglepoise styles are big news as bedside table lamps this year. Anglepoise 1227 metal lamp, (H)66x (dia.)15cm, from £150 for the red model, John Lewis.

All proces and stockists correct at time of publishing.

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