Happy Tuesday Glamour Gals! You made it thru Monday, the rest of the week will be a breeze! If not, rest assured you can handle whatever comes your way!
One of my many tasks this week is to select a light fixture for Chrissy’s room. A few weeks ago I repaired a few wallpaper seams and now I’m really ready to put the final touches on her room, one of which is a new light.
This one is bleh!
I don’t know about you, but I do a lot of online shopping . I find great deals, can browse at midnight and the selection is endless! I’ve seen several fixtures I adore, but there’s one problem; I have no clue what size I need. Too small and it gets swallowed by the room. Too big and it’s just an eyesore. So how does one determine what size is appropriate for the room? I’m glad you asked!
A quick and easy way to determine how large a fixture to purchase can be found by measuring the width and length of the room. Add those measurements together, convert to inches and tadah, that’s around the size you need. Using Chrissy’s room as an example, her room measures approximately 19′ x 12′. Adding those two numbers, my final measurement for a light fixture is about 31″
Of course, there are always exceptions.
Chrissy’s room is on the third floor and all the rooms up there are tucked under the slope of the roof to some degree. While the entire room measures approximately 12 feet across, where the light will be placed is only 9 feet across. Were I to use those measurements, my fixture size is 28 inches. Not a big difference, but certainly a consideration and I know not to go above the suggested 31 inches.
Here are a few of the fixtures I’m considering:
Love the simplicity of this fixture.
And of course I love the girly details on this one.
This might just be a sweet combination of both.
Below are a few additional tips when selecting bedroom lighting:
1. Measure Before You Buy
Just like I hope you would never buy a sofa without first measuring the room, never buy your central light fixture without knowing what size the room will accommodate.
2. Only Plants Need Direct Sunlight
Avoid placing the light fixture directly above your bed. The last thing you want is to lay in bed with it staring at you from overhead; no matter how pretty. Instead, opt for various light sources. We have three light features in our bedroom, the main fixture, sconces above the fireplace and wall-mounted lamps above the nightstands. Combined, they illuminate the room and provide light where we need it most.
3. You Decide the Mood
Change the mood with the flick of a dimmer switch. Inexpensive and easy to install, dimmers take the stress out of spontaneous romantic evening. No candles to remember! They’re also great when I have a headache, need light, but not too much.
4. Location is everything!
Consider the placement of your light switches when updating or making improvements to your bedroom lighting. Having to get out of the bed to turn the light off is the absolute worst and oftentimes relocating a switch it isn’t hard, we just never realized it was a real option.
Hope these tips helped you as much as they helped me. Now, help me select a fixture. Which do you like?