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How to brighten a kid's room with creative lighting

Imaginative lighting can bring a magical feel to any space, and children’s rooms offer the ideal setting to experiment with creative ideas. The key is to introduce a sense of fun, so children will love to spend time in their special place. From simple strings of fairylights to illuminate a gloomy corner, to one-of-a-kind balloon light fittings, there are myriad options to explore. Check out the following ideas for your very own lightbulb moment…

Blaze a trail of bulbs

These strands of over-sized bulbs offer a stronger, brighter alternative to fairy lights and can illuminate the whole room. Painting the ceiling in a dark shade makes them really stand out, like stars against the night sky, and adding star-shaped pendants to the crossed-over strands heightens this effect.

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Have fun with wall art

Incorporating lighting into a bedroom mural is a simple but very effective way to create an overall theme to a room. Here, a shop-front has been created using yellow tape on a white wall, while the light bulbs have been outlined in black for extra impact. What’s more, these lights could easily be adapted into different wall art as a child’s interests develop over time.

Choose statement light fittings

In this tastefully neutral bedroom, a relatively grown-up colour palette of greys, blues and orange-reds is offset by the playful choice of lighting. The Memory Balloon light fittings, by Brokis from John Montcrieff, add a welcome quirky touch and provide a fun focal point to the room. Want to ensure that the room you’re lighting remains tidy and clutter-free? Get tips on conquering the chaos.

Transition easily to bedtime

Make the bedtime ritual easy and create an area that is perfect for story time. Like a tree-top canopy in the stars, this bed is lit from above by little reading lights that help to create a super-cosy atmosphere and add a magical feel to the snug little hideaway.

Cluster together themed lights

Whether it’s a collection of newspaper-print houses, flowers or colourful butterflies, you’ll find a multitude of options when it comes to light strands. Search on Etsy to explore similar looks, then group together around a bookshelf, mantelpiece or window frame.

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Drape fairy lights

A simple string of fairy lights is a great way of adding a warm glow to a child’s room, or illuminating a dark corner. In this room, fairy lights are artfully draped over the edge of the mantelpiece, brightening up the black fireplace below. Remember though, always make sure that you hang lights out of arm’s reach of the children who will be using the room.

Take the long view

It’s easy to introduce a sense of playfulness, even if you aren’t using the bold and bright colours often associated with children’s rooms. These giraffe light sconces by Jonathan Adler add a touch of childlike humour to a fairly muted colour scheme of blue, white, grey and green, and they are stylish enough to remain in place even as the room’s occupant grows up.

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Echo great book designs

The cartoon eyes on this lime green reading lamp give a playful nod to the characters found in the Dr Seuss book stored underneath. Drawing inspiration from classic children’s books in your decorating is a great idea, especially if it’s for a reading area such as this one.

Gabrielle Orcutt, Houzz Contributor

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