For the interior of a bedroom, the chandelier is not just a luminaire, it is a decorative element, often acting as the sole ornament of the space image. The modern style of the space decoration tends to simplicity and brevity, minimum use of decorative elements.
How to select suitable bedroom chandelier?
Not only your personal preferences in the design of a lighting device and financial capabilities, but also the following criteria dictate the choice of chandeliers:
- room size and ceiling height (the more spacious the room is, the larger chandelier can be selected for its illumination, ceiling height has a direct influence on the choice of suspended or ceiling lamp model);
- location of the rest area – even in a small room you can install a pendant chandelier with hanging decorative elements, if you mount it on the foot of the bed, for example (it all depends on the shape of the room and its layout);
- bedroom’s interior design;
- color palette of the room (in this case, there may be two variants of color decisions for a chandelier – either it is a focus of the interior and stands out, or it is consistent with the general scheme of the space);
- capacity of the lighting device will also depend on the room dimensions (it is best to buy a chandelier with a power control for a bedroom, even two options for installing the light intensity will allow you to create the right atmosphere);
- when choosing the chandelier by type of material from which it is made, it is important to bear in mind not only the stylistic design of the room and matching of the luminaire design with the general concept, but the type of light bulbs used for it (we will consider this question below in more detail);
- a harmonious combination with other lighting equipment of the room (most often bedrooms have several lighting devices, especially when the room is also a working area, lamps on bedside tables or over them must also match the general idea for all devices).
Types of chandeliers for bedrooms of different sizes and styles
If we talk about the way of chandelier mounting, all lighting fixtures of this type are divided into suspended (suspended chandeliers) and ceiling lamps. It is clear from the name that a ceiling fixture is mounted directly to the ceiling and is a very compact version for equipping a small sized room with low ceilings with necessary level of light. A ceiling light can be executed in the form of a composition of lampshades and lamps with decorative elements placed on a “base”, attached directly to the ceiling. There are lots of such models.
A suspended chandelier is a fixture with one or more lampshades, fixed to the cord, string or chain. This intermediate link between the surface of the ceiling and the lighting elements themselves allows you to adjust the height of the device and its appearance. A suspended chandelier can be compact, consisting of one lampshade, and be a whole complex of different elements – there are no borders for designers’ imagination in this case.
If we talk about the division of chandeliers in terms of material from which they are produced, in this case, the choice is much richer. A lamp frame can be made from metal, wood, plastic, glass, and from combinations of these materials. But for lampshades and decorative elements, a variety of options can be used in addition to the above materials – fabrics, paper, wicker, rattan, bamboo and even recyclable materials. Designer chandelier may be not just an original lighting fixture, but also an art object.
Chandeliers with metal frames and lamps, imitating candles, are similar to lighting fixtures, with which the history of emergence of these hanging lamps began – a light touch of the Middle Ages makes them an excellent choice for traditional decorating of interiors and accent elements in modern design.
From a stylistic point of view, the most popular are the classic chandeliers. These are the variations of suspended lamps with multiple slots for light bulbs, often imitating candles, with many decorative elements. Many of us think of this suspended device at the word “chandelier”. It is not surprising that for many decades, classic chandeliers have not lost their popularity. The optimal combination of beauty and functionality, executed in a variety of different decor and color scheme options, satisfying the most different categories of buyers.
A classic chandelier can transform the most simple, plain interior. It may become the only decorative element of the interior, properly performing its core function. It is only important to choose the right size of the lighting device, which will allow a modest-sized room to seem larger, and will look organically in a spacious room.
One of the varieties of classic chandeliers is a floral style model. Any use of plant motifs – leaves, flowers, twigs, buds, allows creating original and at the same time attractive chandelier models. This chandelier can be a single piece of furniture with a floral theme and serve as an accent, and be supported with other elements, such as colors of textiles on the windows or bed curtains.
Art Nouveau chandeliers are called the varieties of luminaire options, the design of which is opposed to classical. They can have a concise, simple design with shades with no decoration or fanciful pattern using the original material or method of its application. These chandeliers will look organically in a bedroom, decorated in a contemporary, minimalism, loft styles.
A certain niche in the lineup of chandeliers for bedrooms is occupied by fixtures made in eco-style. The main feature of these lighting devices is the use of natural materials, dominated by wood, and natural motifs. These chandeliers will look organically not only in bedrooms of country houses. In an urban dwelling, original lamps in eco-style can also be successfully integrated, especially since an increasing number of modern trends in the design of residential spaces is committed to using environmentally friendly materials.
Types of lamps for modern bedroom
Incandescent lamps – to date, the most inefficient type. Their use can only explained by the love of many buyers for bright, intense light filling the entire room with warmth. But the low efficiency in terms of energy saving will soon lead to the disappearance of this type of lamps from the modern market. These bulbs are inexpensive, but, in addition to high energy consumption, also have another drawback –emit strong heat while working, which may lead to heating of synthetic, paper, and other items of lamp decoration.
Halogen lamps – bright and efficient in terms of energy consumption. This type of lights is currently popular. The only disadvantage of such lighting elements is their cold glow. When illuminating a hallway, kitchen and living room with their help, most of us would like to create a warm, cozy atmosphere of relaxation and recreation in the bedroom. In any case, the cool glow of halogen lamps can be “mitigated” with materials of chandelier lampshades./p>
Fluorescent lamps – in terms of the produced luminescence, this type is similar to halogen lamps. Cool light also limits their use in the bedroom space as an attribute of open lamps without lampshades and screens. Lamps do not heat up during operation, they can be used in the chandeliers made from any material.
LED lamps – LED lamps.
Of course, chandelier in a bedroom stands primarily as a decorative element and its appearance is of great importance. But it is important not to forget about the original purpose of lamps – which lighting bedroom space. And in this case, it is important to choose the right light intensity. Because we all know that a dimly lit room creates a lulling effect, and a strong lit room – an exciting and even annoying one. It is important to find the “golden mean”.
In the calculation of the illumination intensity of the room it will be necessary to take into account several indicators:
- type of light source;
- its stated capacity (experts always advise to buy lighting fixtures with power reserve);
- number of lamps and their appearance;;
- material from which lampshades and lamp shades (if any) are made;
- location of lampshades (whether they spread the light up or down);
- color palette of the room (the main role is played by the color of the walls).
The main indicator will be the lighting capacity of the device. In the standard variant, the value is in the range from 15 to 25 watts per one square meter of floor space. But even this case has its own nuances. If the bedroom wall decoration is made in light or even white colors, the capacity can be reduced, because the light will reflect well from vertical surfaces.
Among other things, experts recommend using diffused light in all living areas and bedroom is no exception. This means that a chandelier with turned up shades would be an ideal option (although it must be noted that care for such a device is a little more complicated – dust and small insects settle in the bowls of lampshades). But the visual effect of the space expansion, which can be achieved only by using a suitable lighting device, is worth to spend a little more time on cleaning.
Color solution of a chandelier design
The assortment of chandeliers in modern stores is staggering, that can lead to confusion even of those buyer clearly knowing the object of purchase. But such a wide range is an opportunity to meet the needs of even the most demanding customers.
In terms of the lighting device color choice, there are two ways that can be followed by the owner of the bedroom. The first option is a color scheme matching the overall palette of the room and being in harmony with it. The second way is contrast, accent solution which allows the chandelier not only to stand out, but also to become the main object of interior decoration. But there is also an “intermediate” solution –a choice of chandeliers, with its base made from translucent material (glass, crystal and impressive plastic). Such a lighting fixture will not be in conflict with any of the elements of the interior, but also will not “drag” attention.
A dark or even black chandelier made of glass or metal will look luxurious in a bedroom with a light interior. Of course, in this case, the light becomes the focal point of the room, its main focus. In a small room it is better to use such a dark color stop just once. If you need to visually increase the height of ceilings, a dark color, along with a light ceiling and walls, is better to use in the floor covering (carpet or finishing).
If you choose a chandelier with decorative elements of different colors, you need to think of their combinations with other home furnishings. The color of the lamp elements can be repeated in the textile design of the bedroom – window or bed drapery, upholstered furniture, or even carpet.