We’ve made a few lighting updates in the past couple months in our bedroom that aren’t, maybe, as obvious as the new paint color, or rug, or bedding we’ve shared–but they have really changed the way our bedroom functions for us–I couldn’t not share them. As always, lighting changes everything.
The first thing we added was four 5″ recessed lights. When we installed our ceiling fan years ago, we went with one without a light kit knowing that one day we’d add recessed lights…didn’t know it was going to be years later, but we got along with lamps (plugged into a foot push pedal tucked under our bedside) in the meantime.
Interestingly enough, around the same time we got recessed lights, I got Chris a Sonos speaker for Christmas for our bedroom (we have one for the kitchen, too) and now we can control our lamps with Alexa. The Sonos looks really nice sitting on his nightstand (I love the white!) and has incredible sound and is Alexa enabled, too. To go along with it, we purchased this Philips Hue bulbs starter kit for our lamps (also Alexa enabled), so instead of even flipping a switch, or pushing a button with our foot, we can just simply say “Alexa turn on the lamps.”
Or, “Alexa, turn Julia’s lamp to 20%.” They dim, turn on, turn off without moving our arms. From anywhere within an ear shot. Which is such a luxury I didn’t know I wanted but now wouldn’t want to live without. In fact, when we walked into our hotel room last week (we were traveling for a conference), I said, “Alexa, turn on the lights.” and it was a real bummer when that didn’t work, but it got a good laugh from Chris.
Obviously I would recommend the system to anyone, but it’s been especially nice for our bedroom because we decided to go with mis-matched lamps in our bedroom, including a floor lamp on Chris’s side that isn’t reachable from bed.
I never thought about two completely different styles of lamps in our bedroom, but we had both and I pulled them out of storage to use until I found “the ones.” And they grew on me, so much so, that I was overjoyed when I learned that Chris was equally as enamored with the lamps. Chris’s side has a floor lamp that really bridges the weird corner gap that has always driven me nuts about our room. And he loves the extra space on top of his nightstand.
My side has a tripod table lamp with black and brass trimmings that coordinates really well with the floor lamp–while being completely different.
It’s near impossible to capture them both in the same photo. They aren’t quite asymmetrical, but it works so well. Especially with the addition of the voice-enabled lighting–it’s life changing.
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