Lighting plays an important role in defining every room of the house, and it becomes even more important in spaces like the kitchen and the home office, where functionality is far more important than aesthetics. A poorly lit home and office can affect your mood and hurt your vision. But these inherently simple and smart ‘techniques’ help in revamping your home office and seeing it in a whole new light.
If you are not blessed with natural light, then artificial lights become twice as important, as you will be using them even during the day. Overhead lighting forms the most basic part of ambient lighting, and most often, you already have recessed lights in the house that take care of the job. But here is where many owners make the mistake of sticking with what they have. The existing ambient lighting was not designed to serve a home office. So, think about additional sources of illumination to add to the ambient light.
In case you are working directly under a light source, then soften the light using the right lamp shade. Your ambient light should ideally light up the entire room in an even and balanced fashion without creating alternating pockets of darkness and bright light. Remember that while task lights get the job done, ambient lighting sets the mood for the room.
An important thing that many owners miss is that task lights help in giving a ‘better contrast’ to your reading experience. Since most of us have to put up with plenty of reading in the home office, a simple table lamp can reduce the strain on your eyes and make the experience a lot more convenient. This is precisely why you need a task light no matter how good the ambient lighting is!
Lighting the home workspace is a game of gloss and glare, and you are not going to win it if you stick to just one layer of lighting. Think of lighting the room as a layered effort where the ambient light provides the base, the task lighting offers functionality and accent lighting puts the sparkle on top of it all. If you think about, it is not all that different from a girl’s makeup kit or even making a sandwich! An overload of just one layer to compensate for the other two will never work out well. Also, expert interior designers suggest taking a height-based approach to it all. Each layer must be at a different level to ensure that one does not interfere with or overwhelm the other.
Small office spaces and workspaces are becoming an integral part of homes across the globe, and often space is the biggest constraint. Not all of us are blessed enough to dedicate an entire room to the home office. And even if we can, it is often highly limited in foot space. Modern pendants and wall sconces offer the ideal alternative that helps you de-clutter the workstation and give the space a sleeker and more airy appeal. In fact, give the latest trend of desk sconces with swing arm lamps a shot and you will soon realize that the table lamp is a thing of the past!
If you do not get the lighting in your home office correct right off the bat, do not be disappointed. You are not alone, and often it takes awhile before you figure out the specific problems of the space and come up with clever solutions.