If you only do one thing to ‘decorate’ your bedrooms this Christmas, make it all about the lighting. Nothing else has such an impact on how cosy, welcoming and cheering a space feels. It can be as simple as making sure each side of the bed has a reading lamp. Always choose warm-white bulbs – you’re looking for a 2700K rating. And, if you can, include both a targeted reading light (try our Rathbone or an adjustable wall light like Byron) with a brighter bulb – at least 450 lumens – and a dimmer table lamp that creates a generally soothing ambience.
The basics sorted, you can move on to more festive lighting. Fairy lights are undeniably Christmassy, but our advice is to keep them understated in bedrooms: you want a gentle glow to help you wind down. Again, opt for warm white rather than coloured or cool-toned bulbs, and still rather than twinkling. Wired fairy lights are a good choice too – the sort, like our Grosvenor, that come on a fine, silvery wire rather than a plastic flex – as the LEDs are generally so much smaller and subtler. They’re usually battery-powered too, avoiding the distracting sight of trailing cables.
Finally, turn to candlelight. Use it alongside fairy lights or instead of, but don’t miss it out – even one tealight on a bedside table can make all the difference to how special a space feels. If candles are a feature of your bedroom all year round, make the distinction between everyday and Christmassy by choosing mercurised, brass and silver-toned holders instead of plain glass. Or up the ante with tealights, pillar candles and tapers on every surface (a lovely way to welcome guests when they first arrive).