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Guest Bedroom Lighting | ORC Week 4

Welcome back to week 4 of the One Room Challenge! This week I am focusing on the guest bedroom lighting throughout the space. The guest bedroom is large and because the space is so large, I need to include multiple lighting sources to properly light the room. Today I am sharing my plans for lighting and the unique lamps included in this space.

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Check out the previous five One Room Challenge transformations:

Dining Room | Master Bedroom | Boys Bedroom | Girls Bedroom | Living Room


Guest Bedroom Lighting Decisions

I am including a variety of lighting options in the guest bedroom design. To keep the design from feeling flat, I like to mix old and new lighting throughout the room. If you are looking for multiple lighting sources for a bedroom or space in your home, I recommend purchasing from multiple stores. This creates a more custom look that can’t be recreated by a quick shopping trip to Target.

Italian Flower Tole Lamp for the Dresser

I found this vintage toleware flower lamp at a local antique shop and fell in love. It definitely makes a statement and I know is not everyone’s cup of tea. My husband was a little taken aback when he saw the large lamp and didn’t love it in the unfinished bedroom. Once I showed him the design plans and the paint color for the wall, he liked the lamp a little more.

Vintage toleware flower lamp for guest bedroom lighting | Building Bluebird
Vintage lighting

To me, this lamp is feminine, fun, and a unique piece that you won’t find in everyone’s home!

Sconces for Task Lighting

I found a pair of brass sconces with swinging arms at our local consignment shop for $8.50 apiece.

Guest bedroom lighting decisions for this feminine bedroom design | Building Bluebird

The only missing items were the balls that attach the sconce to the wall plate. This is an easy fix since they can be purchased at any local hardware store.

Guest bedroom lighting decisions for this feminine bedroom design | Building Bluebird

Next, I need to purchase some brass channels for the cords connecting to the sconces. I may add some rub and buff to each sconce to dull the shiny gold finish a bit, too.

Floor Lamp

I found this cute floor lamp at our local Home Goods. I was drawn to the shape of the shade and the roping on the lamp base.

Floor lamp for this feminine guest bedroom design | Building Bluebird

This seating area is not complete, but you can see how nicely it is coming together! The new acrylic sofa table is my favorite new purchase! I have a few more plans to camouflage the striped chair and ottoman since it doesn’t fully align with my design plans.

Desk Lamp

This little lamp is the perfect size for the desk area of the bedroom. The simple, modern shape compliments the vintage, Century desk in the corner of the bedroom.

Guest bedroom lighting decisions for this feminine bedroom design | Building Bluebird

I may create a pleated lampshade that pulls greens and blues to this side of the room. Here is an example of the fabric I would use.

Guest bedroom lighting decisions for this feminine bedroom design | Building Bluebird

Another option is to just you the light green bias tape to trim the white lampshade.

Guest bedroom lighting decisions for this feminine bedroom design | Building Bluebird

Once artwork goes up, I think I will have a better idea of what the little lampshade will need. Now I just need to figure out what artwork to hang in this bedroom!


When adding bedroom lighting (or lighting to any space), you want a variety of light sources that also vary in height. This adds interest to the room and brings it to life. For example, instead of having table lamps on each surface, I am using a few table lamps, wall sconces, and a floor lamp. I may add an art light somewhere as well.

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Check in next week to see more of this guest bedroom come together! Head on over to the  One Room Challenge blog to see all of the awesome design plans of the other participants.