It’s something you can just feel: Working in natural light is better for your psychological well being. As your room brightens, so too does your mood, level of productivity, and your overall approach to the day-to-day grind. In fact, that’s why many people opt to move their work space from a fluorescent-lit office to a home office setup. However, poor lighting can also haunt your home office and cause the same issues in the long run.
Balancing the right amount of natural and artificial light is crucial to making your home work space ideal. Here are a few things to consider when you’re setting up your space.
Diffusing Is Best
When it comes to artificial lighting for a work area, you don’t want to have harsh lighting directly overhead, or in your line of sight. Lighting is better for your eyes and your concentration when it is diffused a bit. Use desk lamps with decent shades, floor lamps away from your work area, and can lights that can be adjusted to point away from your desk. This ambient lighting is the most soothing, and you can control it the easiest.
Not All Natural Light Is Created Equal
Aim to have at least some natural lighting in your home office. After all, nobody wants to work in a windowless room all day unless it’s necessary! But, make sure your room setup isn’t counterproductive. Setting up your desk and computer with a large window at your back will create a glare and cause you to squint and eventually reach for the aspirin.
The best place to have natural light is in front of you, so try to set up your desk facing a window. This will help prevent any glare on your computer screen, and when you need to take a break from staring at an LED display for hours and relax your eyes, the window is right there for your vision to readjust. It can help reduce headaches, and it will also flood the room with natural ambient light.
Window Treatments Are Your Friend
A crucial way to properly control light and shade in your home office is with window treatments, especially if you’re not able to set up your desk with a window in front of you. Blinds and shades can both be effective in controlling the amount of natural light or privacy you want, depending on the time of day or the weather outside. Here are some top options:
- Real or faux wood blinds are a good choice. They’re easy to operate and adjust — you can allow just as much light in as you’d like, while still maintaining maximum privacy. They’re also a sophisticated look for an office space.
- Roman shades can be easily lowered and raised with a single cord to quickly allow a flood of natural light. At the same time, Roman shades can diffuse more light than traditional blinds, especially those with a light-filtering lining. Shades with a blackout liner provide even more darkening power, making them the optimal choice for a room that’s an office by day and a bedroom by night. In fact, they come in a variety of fabrics and styles, so they’re great for home offices that perform double duty as other rooms.
- Drapes can be combined with blinds or shades to add another level of style to your home office, while still giving you the ultimate control over the natural light in the room.
With the right lighting in your home office, you will find your productivity peaking, your mood tip-top and your space beautifully lit. For more decor inspiration, make sure to follow us on Instagram @extraspace!
Katie Laird is the Director of Social Marketing for Blinds.com and a passionate home decorator for her family with a love of all things Mid-Century Modern and blue. Visit Blinds.com to see all of the available roman shades for your home office space.