Looking for a way to free up tabletop space but still get great lighting at your bedside? Why not try these bedroom lighting ideas: add wall sconces or wall lamps! These small, wall-mounted lights combine sleek style with a punch of lighting power. The main difference is that wall lamps often have adjustable arms and wall sconces are generally stationary.

Here are 10 examples of great wall lighting by the bedside so you can get an idea of how to make this look work in your home. Photo credit: Contemporary Bedroom by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

The bronze wall sconces in this sleek rustic bedroom are a perfect fit for the room's overall decor theme. They pull down and have opaque shades that concentrate and direct the light down to your book, computer or whatever else needs lighting.

Get the look with Hudson Valley Exeter Wall Sconce in Bronze

Photo credit: Traditional Bedroom by Wellesley Hills General Contractors Landmark Services Inc

In this lofty bedroom, a pair of traditional brass sconces flank the bed, plus another pair of smaller sconces adds an extra layer of light at the windows! Get the look with Hudson Valley Dixon Sconce in Aged Brass

Photo credit: Traditional Bedroom by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

If you feel like the shade of your wall sconce could use a little jazzing up, there are lots of ways to add a boost of style! Maybe try hot-gluing on some pretty ribbon--that might be what was done in this bedroom.

Get the look with House of Troy Swing-Arm Wall Lamp in Antique Brass (and whatever decor you might want to add)

Photo credit: Tropical Bedroom by Charleston General Contractors Structures Building Company

The headboard of this coastal bedroom also has some built-in shelves (I imagine it's facing away from the door, but towards a window with a breathtaking ocean view!) and slim sconces so subtle they almost blend in to the background.

Get the look with Sonneman Cappio Sconce in Polished Nickel

Photo credit: Traditional Bedroom

This bold brown bedroom features sleek, contemporary sconces that complement the look and concentrate the light. Hey, is that a jar of jellybeans on the side table?

Get the look with George Kovacs LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp in Copper (or the 2-light Save Your Marriage style)

Photo credit: Traditional Bedroom by Chicago Architects & Building Designers Rugo/ Raff Ltd. Architects

Speaking of brown, how about this gorgeous chocolate brown bedroom? When you're done gawking at the beautiful crystal chandelier, look to the bedside at the brass swing-arm sconces. They allow for the display of flowers and other lovely accessories on both side tables.

Get the look with Hudson Valley Chatham Wall Sconce in Antique Brass

Photo credit: Beach Style Bedroom by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts

This relaxed, beachy room gets an infusion of drama with the sconces, which have black shades to add style and more intensely direct the light.

Get the look with Currey & Company Primo Wall Sconce in Brass

Photo credit: Contemporary Bedroom by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Terrat Elms Interior Design

The tufted upholstered headboard goes all the way up to the ceiling in this bedroom, just beckoning you to sit up, sit comfortably and read comfortably with the drum shaded wall sconces.

Get the look with Kenroy Home Theta Swing Arm Wall Lamp in Brushed Steel

Photo credit: Eclectic Bedroom by Vancouver Interior Designers & Decorators The Cross Interior Design

There's so much to like about this fun eclectic bedroom, especially the look-at-me style of the wall light with the accordion extension. Just the mere act of pulling the light out to its full length and putting it back amuses me.

Get the look with Kenroy Home Floren Swing Arm Wall Lamp in Copper Bronze

Photo credit: Farmhouse Bedroom by Charlestown Architects & Building Designers Giambastiani Design

Soft blue and brown are a harmonious blend in an elegant farmhouse bedroom--and a little extra classic style comes from the sconces mounted above the bed.

Get the look with Hinkley Congress Wall Sconce in Oil Rubbed Bronze

If you're looking to put wall sconces or wall lamps at the bedside now, here's how to get the best hanging height:

  • Sit in your bed normally, as if you were going to read or use your computer in bed. (If you want to even bring along a book to use as a prop for accuracy's sake, that's fine.) Have someone else measure the height up from the floor to just above your shoulder. Remember that the most ideal spot for any task light is between your head and the work surface you want to light.
  • If you already have the wall sconces you want to mount beside your bed, have your helper hold them up at the height mentioned before and see if you like it there. Adjust as necessary.
  • Minimize glare by choosing wall sconces that have fabric shades, transparent glass or opaque glass.

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