When choosing lights for a child's bedroom, it's a good idea to keep the future in mind. If you choose fixtures that are appropriate for a boy or girl at a wide age range, you won't have to replace them as often. Develop a lighting plan that will still be compatible with your child's tastes as he or she matures. While table and floor lamps can easily be changed, you can save money over time by taking the long view.
Instead of buying lamps in the shape of a licensed cartoon character, which children quickly outgrow, consider their interests. Art, sports and other games and nature themes can all evolve as your child grows. Don't be bound by gender stereotypes, particularly with regard to color. Many girls like shades of blue and green, and a boy's room can be every bit a boy's room with red, yellow, purple and other bright hues. Let your child's individual tastes shine through.
When designing a kid's bedroom lighting, think about the activities that take place in the room. Does your child read in bed? Does she build with blocks or construct models? Does he do art or study in his bedroom? You'll want to take these activities into consideration and remember to include task and accent lighting as well as ambient lighting.
Use recessed lighting around the perimeter of the bedroom, and hang a pendant light over the bed. Wall sconces or a hanging light on each side of the bed can serve as bedside lights for reading, freeing up room on nightstands for books, electronics and other items. Wall lights with movable arms are a particularly good choice for reading areas, since they can be adjusted to your child's needs.
Desks, computer tables and art areas call for task lighting in the form of desk or floor lamps, or a well-placed hanging lamp or wall lamp. Floor lamps can illuminate dark corners and, paired with a comfy lounge or bean-bag chair, can create a cozy nook for reading or journal writing.
Natural light is important in a kid's bedroom. If your remodeling project involves construction, consider larger windows or even a skylight, so she can star gaze at night.
Many children, particularly toddlers and preschoolers, feel more secure if there is a night light installed in their bedroom to ensure that if they wake up in the middle of the night, it isn't pitch dark. Night lights are available in a range of styles and sizes, from licensed characters to night lights that play music. A small plug-in emergency light will provide light both at night and if the power goes out, a blessing during stormy nights if your child wakes up.
Not all night light styles are plug-mounted. Your child may like a small lamp on a dresser or bedside table that provides a small amount of light. Some nightlights project images on the ceiling, such as a constellation or a rainbow. Many are battery operated and turn off after a while.
See Also: Lighting Planning Guide
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