Lighting is the essential element of any interior design. It is responsible for the overall mood of the room and its ease of use. But when it comes to getting it right, most parents are left in the dark. If you are one of them, worry not! Just follow the lines below and you will find all the answers you need to help you create a flexible and welcoming environment for your little angels.
Brooke Castel Stylist
When creating a lighting plan for your kid’s room, the first (and most important) thing you should remember is that there are three different types of lighting: ambient, task and mood. To add a spark of magic to your child’s room you will need them all on your side. Use your imagination and play with the layers.
Ambient or general lighting illuminates the room in a uniform and natural way. It allows us to see the whole space, but without focusing on the details. It can take many forms: from eye-catching pendants and chandeliers, to statement wall sconces and floor lamps. Ceiling fixtures with a striking design can really make a huge difference to the room. Elegant evergreen fixtures that stay fresh from a nursery stage to a big kid room, simple Edison bulbs or industrial lighting common in minimal kid’s rooms, origami-inspired fixtures with a vintage or a modern vibe, or themed lights specially designed for lighting up children’s imagination – choose the one that speaks to you the most and wash your kid’s room with light in a fun and stylish way.
For enjoying bedtime stories or taking the first strokes with a brush or pen, your brainiac will need a help from a smaller, more concentrated source of light. Task lighting stimulates the brain by helping it stay alert and focused. These lamps can be highly fashionable, but don’t run away from the traditional, retro design. Having a similar lamp as the one you have in your room can boost your toddler’s feeling of equality, and we all know how important is for them to feel closer to adults. Also, if needed, universal models can easily adapt to any other room in the house, which makes them even more desirable solution. Just a small hint: for the sake of your little one’s safety, make sure you don’t put the lamps near the edges of tables and shelves, and protect the cords.
Wherever they are scattered, mood lights will use their powers of wizardry to create a stunning atmosphere. They are meant to draw attention to a particular piece you want to display or provide a small amount of accent lighting, while at the same time shadow the rest of the space.
When the night falls throw a fairy dust around the room with strings of twinkling lights. The magical atmosphere will trigger your little dreamer’s feeling of inner peace and let his body know it’s time for sleep.
Remember, lighting doesn’t always need to be useful. Lightbox is a fun example of highly decorative and interactive light fixture that can be carried around or placed on the wall. Create a personalised quote and when you get bored with it, you can easily rearrange the letters in any way you wish.
Did you use to love retro neon lights? If so, you should know about their energy efficient LED version specially designed for kids’ rooms. What a pretty way to add a bit of glamour or fun.
If your kids struggle with the dark, night lights can be just what they need for pleasant dreams. Let’s be honest, even the most serene nurseries can seem scary during the night. Introduce some friendly shaped lights in their bedtime routine to comfort your little ones while falling asleep. You can choose to leave them on during the night, or even program them to turn off after some time.
Just a small hint: if you are choosing the lights for a nursery, be sure to avoid any harsh lighting and to opt for a dimmer switch.
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