Last month I wrote all about how my bedside lamps both broke within hours of each other, just before the arrival of my guests who would be staying in the bedroom for the weekend. Although it wasn’t the best solution, I quickly nabbed our angle-poise desk lamp as a temporary measure, and although it worked fine, the light was little to harsh for everyday bedside use – giving off more task-based illumination than a soft, sleepy glow. So this week I checked out the lighting section of the BHS homewares sale and snapped up a pair of pretty little table lamps to use in the bedroom. They arrived in no time and I was very excited to unwrap them and set them up in my bedroom.
I chose this style in particular because the lamp bases were operated with a simple on/off switch, which is much better than the touch-on-touch-off lamps that I’d struggled with in the past. The white stick base was available with a selection of pretty shades and after a lot of deliberation I chose this traditional ‘lampshade’ shape with this gorgeous roses pattern. The lamps work great with my existing décor, because the script/text pattern looks great with the book pages that I’ve used to paper the feature wall, and the bold roses print reflects the design on my bedding, as well as the drawings of roses that I added to the wall around Valentines Day. All in all, I couldn’t have chosen a better style of bedside lamp even if I had designed them myself! So you can imagine how delighted I am with my new lights and how they tie all the elements of the décor together.
I like my bedroom to feel like a hotel (is it just me, or does everyone love a good hotel room?!) so I’m delighted that I finally have a pair of working, matching bedside lamps. I’m also trying to create a calming, restful environment to make it easier for us to drift off to sleep so over the past few months I’ve installed blackout blinds (great at this time of year when we are actually going to bed while it’s still light outside!) and have even invested in a mattress topper for a softer night’s sleep – read all about my bedroom makeover series here. The softer lighting that my new bedside lamps emit is much more soothing and calming than the bright task light we’ve been using for a couple of weeks and the whole room feels much cosier with the warm glow from my new lamps.