Guide de l'éclairage Chambres et Dressing

Lighting Guide | Bedroom & Dressing


Relaxation, rest, privacy, study, and games – these areas, typically distinct from daytime zones, encapsulate personal preferences and varied needs tailored to each family member. In the bedroom, lighting plays a dual role. On one hand, soft ambient lighting can set a tranquil atmosphere, ideal for winding down after a long day. On the other hand, task lighting, perhaps in the form of adjustable bedside lamps, becomes essential for activities like reading.

When it comes to dressing rooms or walk-in closets, proper illumination is crucial. Bright, shadow-free lighting helps in choosing outfits and ensuring colors are represented accurately.

For children's rooms, adaptable lighting is key. A combination of bright overhead lights for playtime or study, and softer, dimmable lights or nightlights for bedtime, can cater to a child's changing needs while also fostering a sense of comfort and security.

An intimate, subdued, and comfortable lighting that provides adaptable atmospheres for everyone.


Master bedroom

The bedroom, primarily used during evening hours, calls for a distinctive approach to lighting compared to spaces like a child's room. Rather than going for stark, uniform lighting, consider:

  • Indirect lighting solutions, such as luminous grooves, for a softer ambiance.
  • Strategic spotlights to accentuate art pieces or wall textures, adding character without overwhelming brightness.
  • Standalone lamps on furniture or the floor to blend functionality with style.

When focusing on the bedside area, lighting becomes particularly critical. Consider these options:

  • Wall-mounted sconces for a blend of style and accessibility.
  • Traditional bedside table lamps for a familiar, cozy touch.
  • Pendant lights on either side of the bed for a modern flair.

Remember, lighting should cater to your specific needs. For avid bedtime readers who don't want to disturb a partner, adjustable lights or focused reading lamps are optimal. For general ambiance, a soft, diffused light should be just right.


Children's rooms

Children's rooms reflect their unique worlds. It's a space where they spend significant time—playing, resting, doing homework, picking out their clothes, or just seeking some solitude. The lighting in such rooms needs to cater to their multifaceted lifestyles. It should be functional, providing a general diffusion of light, ensuring well-lit workspaces, yet allowing for cozier, subdued atmospheres when needed.

When considering lighting fixtures, here's what one might look into:

  • A ceiling light or pendant for general illumination, chosen based on the child's preference. Alternatively, a set of adjustable spotlights can be used, adapting to the room's evolving layout over time.
  • A dedicated desk lamp, ensuring focused light for study or creative tasks.
  • A bedside lamp or nightlight, aiding in bedtime routines or nighttime reading.
  • For the younger ones, a dimmable lamp with a nightlight function can offer a gentle, diffused glow.
  • More decorative and playful lighting options, like fairy lights, themed lamps, and more, can add charm and whimsy to the room.

When selecting lighting, it's recommended to stick to warm color temperatures (between 2700 and 3000K). Blue hues, which can interfere with sleep, should be avoided.


Dressing room

Increasingly recognized as a distinct space, this area retains a sense of intimacy. The lighting needs to be soft and subdued, favoring diffused and indirect sources. One can also employ a series of directed spotlights towards wardrobes to clearly showcase clothing without causing glare.

Complementary lighting from within furniture can further enhance visibility and readability of items. Notably, the lighting should also flatter the individuals using the space, especially in front of mirrors. It should emit a warm and non-glaring light to complement natural skin tones.

For such spaces, it's best to opt for warm color temperatures (ranging between 2700 and 3000K). Additionally, a color rendering index (CRI) greater than 90 is advisable, ensuring that fabric hues are represented accurately and vividly.

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