Low Ceiling Lighting Ideas for the Bedroom

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Low Ceiling Lighting Ideas for the Bedroom
The lighting choices in a bedroom can help create the appearance of higher ceilings. (Tim Klein/Lifesize/Getty Images)

The lights you choose for your bedroom create an atmosphere or mood in the room while providing illumination. To make the most of the lighting options in decorating the bedroom, choose a layering approach to lighting to control the level of light and the mood in the room. Low ceilings in bedrooms can appear higher with the right lighting techniques.

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces that focus light up toward a brightly painted ceiling can help to make the ceiling appear higher. Use the uplighting technique with a light or white paint to create the illusion of a higher ceiling. Pairing sconces with a reflective paint or a ceiling paint with slight gloss also helps to create the appearance of higher ceilings. Place wall sconces on either side of the bed for an alternative to table lamps in the bedroom. Always place wall sconces high enough on the wall to avoid bumping them.

Table Lamps

Table lamps are another alternative for lighting in a bedroom with low ceilings. Bedside table lamps that use an uplighting technique use the same method as wall sconces to direct the light up toward the ceiling. These lamps do not use a traditional lampshade, which focuses the light down toward the table and floor. You can also use table lamps to illuminate the area around a dresser or dressing table to create an illusion of a higher ceiling while providing light for dressing or preparing for the day.

Flush Mount Lights

Pendant lights and hanging lights are not recommended in a bedroom with a low ceiling. Lights that hang low can make the ceilings feel lower and create a cramped appearance by bringing the light down lower than the ceiling. When using a ceiling fixture in a bedroom with low ceilings, choose a flush mounted light that keeps the light up closer to the ceiling.

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