Industrial Lighting and Relaxing Bedrooms Can Indeed Co-Exist, Here's Proof

Industrial bedroom lighting is all the rage these days, and for good reason. It's interesting yet unobtrusive, and effortlessly melds with tons of decorating styles to add a slightly modern edge, whether your aesthetic is inherently boho, contemporary, or even English country.

The key to industrial lighting is function — no muss, no fuss. Think exposed wires and bulbs, metal finishes, and simple silhouettes. Ahead, we're sharing seven of the best industrial bedroom lighting ideas to inspire a luminous boudoir makeover.

1. Style a floor lamp in place of a nightstand

If you're short on space for a traditional nightstand and lamp, this inexpensive floor lamp from IKEA is the perfect solution. A simple task lamp feels even more industrial when paired with an ornate painting in this bedroom belonging to designer Caitlin Brown.

2. Hang minimalist sconces

The wall sconces in this bedroom from Chris Loves Julia manage to feel industrial yet sleek and sophisticated all at once. The minimalist design strikes a balance between simple and elegant thanks to the low-profile shade and clean black finish. Recreate this bedroom lighting idea in your own home with traditional nightstands and layered pillows for a dose of warmth and texture.

3. Add a touch of tradition with a globe chandelier

A more traditional globe chandelier becomes decidedly industrial with a clear shade that displays an exposed light bulb. This look from the Pioneer Motel is tied together with wooden beams and Aztec-patterned textiles for layers and texture.

4. Style a task lamp for bedside reading

A desk lamp looks right at home on the nightstand in this guest bedroom designed by John and Sherry of Young House Love. To add a hint of sophistication and glamour, highlight the brass metal details with gold picture frames and art among a sea of beige and ivory.

5. Install pendants over nightstands

These ultra-sleek pendants from Schoolhouse Electric are the perfect complement to a simple metal nightstand. Contrast with a wooden bed and soft textiles for the perfect balance between industrial and cozy.

6. Adorn walls with globe string lights

string globe lights in bedroom
credit: Lights 4 Fun

Fairy lights might seem at first like boho decor, but these larger, globe string lights lend a decidedly industrial vibe, all while allowing you to keep a touch of whimsy. Take inspiration from this bedroom lighting idea by Lights 4 U and drape a strand in a billowy style above your nightstand and windows.

7. Opt for exposed-bulb fixtures

This bare bones wall sconce from Schoolhouse Electric is as simple as they come, yet the polished gold finish lends a slightly glamorous note to this sunny and cheerful bedroom. Pro Tip: There are plenty of amazing plug-in wall sconces out there to choose from (including this one!), so don't let lack of access to hardwired fixtures become your excuse. Hang yours above your headboard, above your nightstand, or in a quiet reading nook for extra illumination and ambiance.


Caitlin Brown

Caitlin Brown

Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.