By Calandra Fotini. Bedroom. Sunday, October 01st 2017, 09:37:58 AM.
Pendant lights aren't just for kitchens. Most rooms, including bedrooms, can really come to life with the right light fixture. As a designer, I consider lighting to be my secret weapon. Entire aesthetics can be defined by a pendant that adds just the right amount of edge to a room. Let's focus on pendant placement and style at the bedside, an important and often‐overlooked space. Consider lighting up your bedside with a pendant‐style fixture instead of a table lamp. It's a bit edgy, yet it's practical because of all the floor or table space it frees up. This Japanese‐inspired pendant gives an otherwise simple room a global flavor. This is a great example of how a light can define a room's style. Futuristic glam! A perfect silver, round pendant adds just the right amount of spunk to this otherwise minimalist bedroom. The designer hung this pendant on the low side, which adds to its modern appeal. This long cylinder‐style fixture is a surprising choice for this bedroom. It adequately fills this very narrow space, providing great light and visual impact, whereas a table lamp would have felt bulky and impractical. This organic‐shaped Tom Dixon Beat Pendant fits the sparseness of this bedside. A floating nightstand adds to this modern translation of minimalism with cord‐free elegance. This bright and textured bedroom displays a beautiful modern pendant set high above the nightstand. There are several height options, each creating a different look. For a similar look to this bedroom, set the pendant about 48 inches from the top of the nightstand. For a lower, more modern look, set the pendant 24 inches above the nightstand. This setting offers an interesting study in scale. Notice the oversize headboard with the low nightstand. The silver pendant balances out the two extremes for a polished bedside look.
Since the Victorian era, what we need in the bedroom has changed very little. We need essentially the same pieces – bed, bedside tables, clothes storage. And we like essentially the same aesthetic – comfortable, peaceful, even luxurious. Indeed, we may still find the fabrics and wallpapers of that period attractive. Victorian staples such as freestanding wardrobes, marble‐topped washstands and folding screens can be reinvented for modern bedrooms while still retaining the Victorian feel. Keep reading to learn how to turn a Victorian bedroom into a personal space you'll love spending time in. It's worth noting that Victorian ladies in their country houses often spent the entire morning in bed reading and writing letters. I'm not sure I'd get away with that, but if I did, I would want the finest linen and lace to surround me – just like them. Besides the bed, the wardrobe would undoubtedly be the largest piece of furniture in a Victorian bedroom. The most popular versions had a mirror in the center cupboard and double‐width storage on either side. Traditionally, wardrobes were made of dark varnished wood – a rather large and somber feature for today's tastes. But, you can often pick one up cheaply and achieve great effects by stripping and painting it. Although not always a four‐poster (even though they were popular), Victorian beds often had draperies made from light fabric, with matching curtains on the windows. Matching draperies and window dressing adorn this French‐inspired room, without the four‐poster bed. Note the screen in the corner – these were hugely popular in Victorian bedrooms. Traditionally used to hide unsightly items (or maybe for the lady to dress behind), the screen today serves as a wonderful way to change the contours of the room.
I love the inventive way a screen has been used here. It's a hugely flexible item, too; if bought cheaply in poor condition, it can be creatively re‐covered in wallpaper or fabric. The brass bed often appeared in Victorian bedrooms. If you like the design but the finish feels a little too traditional, then get out your paintbrush. White makes for a soft and romantic aesthetic, or go for a bold and contrasting color choice to get a more eclectic look. Bedside tables were seldom matching, as this was not the era of uniform bedroom sets. Try using one plain table, covered with a tablecloth or lace, and an antique table or old military chest for the other side. Traditional Victorian bedrooms also had a washstand – a free‐standing piece of furniture with a marble top, a bowl and a water pitcher. Put a washstand to good use in your en suite. They can even be converted to hold modern plumbing. Fixtures and fittings in a Victorian bedroom would have been much the same as in the rest of the house, including architectural moldings and a fireplace, of course. Many houses have had fireplaces taken out or blocked off, but the recesses make for great storage, and the mantel is ideal for a mirror. While open fires can be messy in a bedroom, consider a gas alternative for a convenient and clean flame. Pure indulgence and, in true Victorian style, the perfect spot for an armchair. Finally, don't be a slave to your Victorian bedroom. You can keep all the traditional features and throw in some glamour and contemporary pieces for a gorgeous eclectic look. I'm sure Jane Eyre would approve.