There's not a room in the house more befitting of rustic decor than the bedroom: the ultimate sanctuary of cozy. Rustic style often showcases layers, warm woods, and plenty of natural accents, such as woven baskets and potted plants — what's not to love?
But did you know that the one design attribute that could seriously make or break your country vibe is bedroom lighting? It's true. No amount of plaid or faux fur throws can detract from abrasive fluorescents or boring builder-grade fixtures. Never fear, though — we've scoured the internet for seven of the best rustic bedroom lighting ideas to transform your sleeping quarters with one easy swap.
1. Play with modern wall sconces to offset wood details.
This rustic bedroom designed by Emily Henderson has Scandinavian flair, and manages to make a cabin-inspired space feel modern and clean at the same time. To recreate, layer in a fluffy shag rug, a warm color palette, and contemporary wall sconces that illuminate the entire space with a radiant glow.
Get the look: Allied Maker Aperture Sconce, $1,650
2. Get creative and repurpose your decor.
This painted pair of corbels re-imagined as light fixtures from Painted Fox Home is one of the most unique bedroom lighting ideas we've seen to date. The simple shade ensures that the whole look reads as approachable and effortless, even though the fixture itself is more ornate. Recreate this vibe in your own home with reclaimed pieces that offer a sense of history.
Get the look: Painted Fox Home Corbel Wall Lamp Pair, $272
3. Keep it simple with a semi-flush mount.
A semi-flush mount is the perfect bedroom lighting idea when you want to make a statement, but also if you are on a budget or have limited ceiling height. Take a page out of Angela Rose's book by centering a simple but effective industrial pendant to illuminate the space. Pro tip: You can shorten a pendant light for the same look by following these easy steps.
Get the look: IKEA Ranarp Pendant Light, $59
4. Add contrast with an ornate chandelier.
The tell-tale signs of rustic decor are simple, raw materials with little-to-no frills. But the best way to accentuate this organic feeling in your bedroom is to juxtapose it, like Kay from OnceUponA1912 did in her home. Pair a beaded chandelier above the bed for a hint of glamour against materials like jute, raw wood, and black iron. And if you're able, shiplap walls and exposed ceiling beams are like icing on the cake.
Get the look: Jamie Young Blanca Chandelier, $537.50
5. Pair wall sconces with a wooden headboard.
Adding wall sconces directly to a headboard made of salvaged wood à la Laura from The Simple Farmhouse elevates the entire look while maintaining a down-to-earth, rustic vibe at the same time. Opt for a vintage-inspired industrial fixture and all-white bedding for a clean and calming touch.
Get the look: JackyLED Industrial Vintage Wall Lamp, $46.99
6. Hang an off-center pendant for a hint of casual charm.
Rustic decor is the ultimate in laid-back style, so this off-centered pendant feels right at home in a bedroom designed by The Hunters Greenhouse. Snag the look by paring a simple iron bed with a natural, woven pendant for balance in a neutral bedroom, and add texture with plants and textiles for layered interest.
Get the look: IKEA Sinnerlig Pendant Lamp, $69
7. Incorporate tradition with a sophisticated chandelier.
Shea from Studio McGee went with a more traditional bedroom lighting idea in the project above, complete with an upholstered headboard in a warm rust hue and a traditional pendant hanging from the ceiling above with exposed wood beams. The light fixture's simplicity, natural paper shade, and iron detailing lends a rustic vibe while still feeling upscale.
Get the look: McGee & Co. Aspen Conical Hanging Shade, $815
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.