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.
Get the look: IKEA Aröd Floor/Reading Lamp, $64.99
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.
Get the look: Crate & Barrel Swing Arm Bronze Sconce, $149
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.
Get the look: Rejuvenation Hood Classic Globe Pendant, $549
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.
Get the look: Threshold Crosby Schoolhouse Desk Lamp, $34.99
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.
Get the look: Schoolhouse Electric Isaac Pendant, $249
6. Adorn walls with globe string lights
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.
Get the look: Room Essentials Clear Globe String Lights, $9.99
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.
Get the look: Schoolhouse Electric Astrid Plug-In Sconce, $209
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.