I recently came across an interesting design article about lighting and it inspired me to write this entry because it touched on some very unique points and one in particular that I want to focus on. I think most of us can agree that lighting sets the mood, tone and overall feel for a room; however what I wasn’t aware of is that it is the most overlooked aspect of design. Let’s think about this for a moment – when planning out the playroom, nursery, or kid’s bedroom the top things on our list are typically the large and “must-have” pieces: crib, table and chair set, area rug, furniture and sometimes art. Rarely does this list include lighting fixtures. Somehow they become an afterthought, the last thing that we add to the completed room. The funny thing is that until we incorporate the proper lighting in a room it will lack that special something.
The lighting tip that really stood out to me was that all well-designed rooms should have multiple kinds of lights for two reasons: visual interest and practicality. Visual interest breaks down pretty simply: a hanging chandelier or pendant light will grab the eye as it travels throughout the room then a floor lamp or accent lamp will bring your eye downward, thus allowing you to take in every aspect of the room. Practicality, because we use our rooms for different things throughout the day and should have lighting to coordinate with these needs. Now lets look at all this in relation to your child’s décor, focusing on children’s bedrooms, playrooms, and nurseries…
Beginning with your child’s bedroom – it really doesn’t make sense to only have a ceiling fixture as the sole source of lighting because this will obviously be too bright when trying to calm your child right before naptime or bedtime. But, you also can’t get them ready in the dark! Here is where adding a floor lamp or accent lamp will offer a much softer glow and not over stimulate your child before climbing into bed. Also, if you are like us and read books as part of the bedtime routine, then accent lighting is just enough to see comfortably and is a great transition before “lights out”. When the lighting is not needed (daytime, for instance) these fixtures act as the accessories to the room. They should highlight the colors and other décor and be the finishing touch much like jewelry is for your outfit. Moving on to the next room…
For playroom lighting, remember the more the better. This is the one room where we need our child to be full of energy so that they can use it up and be nice and tired when bedtime rolls around! Ceiling fixtures are an obvious must – if you are lucky and already have recessed lighting, that is great, but don’t stop there. Accent lighting is just as important. A floor lamp might not be practical in a playroom but wall sconces are great – they will bring the eye upward (and away from the mess of toys!) and will not be knocked over by little hands or feet. Why add sconces since the room is bright enough, you ask? Well, I mentioned visual interest which is so important in design, but also, with accent lighting such as sconces, you have the ability to create little “stations” for certain activities. Now you are no longer staring at a large oversized toy box that we call a playroom, but your child has a place to do arts & crafts, a reading corner, train set area, dress-up station, etc. I find that lighting is just as successful as an area rug when you need to divide a room without walls, and now you have a much more interesting space.
Now, the nursery – ahhh, the place where our littlest one sleeps and sleeps and sleeps (at least, that is what we all hope for!) Obviously lighting needs here are slightly different than for the other rooms in our homes given the minimal activities of a baby. Same as a child’s bedroom, you will want the ceiling fixture for all those daytime diaper changes, sheet changes, rug cleaning, bumper stripping, etc. The accent lighting however for the first few months (at least) can simply be a nightlight. This gives off plenty of light to navigate through the room for nighttime feedings and diaper changes but won’t be bright enough to disrupt your baby’s sleep (it will be your baby’s sheer will to keep you from sleeping that will keep them awake!) As your baby grows and you begin to read to them at night or play a bit before bedtime, introduce a floor or accent lamp which will give you the necessary lighting for these activities without over stimulating them.
Be sure to take all these ideas and shop with RosenberryRooms.com for the perfect lighting you may need for your child’s bedroom, playroom or nursery. There is an amazing selection of children’s lighting to cover all design styles including modern, traditional, whimsical and eclectic. I have a few of my favorites here for you to see (I chose to go with lighting fixtures that represent different design styles, however most of the lighting on RosenberryRooms.com is available in sets so you can have coordinating lighting in the room if you choose): chandelier; table lamp; accent lamp; sconce; nightlight.
While you check out the lighting, be sure to peruse the other kids décor that RosenberryRooms.com has to offer as you create the perfect space for your child. And take your time…there is a lot to look at! Happy decorating!