A lot has changed in the world over the last month and among many other adjustments we've had to make, our professional life has been profoundly affected. Working from home is the new normal for everyone, almost regardless of industry. While some professionals spend more time than others at a desk, everyone is using devices to communicate with friends and family, as well as get some work done. So it's critical to ensure you have a supportive home office atmosphere.  The ergonomics of your home office environment are important and lighting is a variable that can have a major impact on your productivity and health. So here are a few tips to consider and easy changes to make at home.

Natural light is the most uplifting source to energise you while you work

What’s your angle?

Lighting is all about playing with angles and how you use natural light. It’s wise to align your workstation facing north or south so that natural light does not create a shadow at any time of the day.

Made in the shade

Some people struggle with the glare from natural light, but cutting off the daylight completely is not a desirable option. Instead, compromise with sheer curtains, adjustable louvers, roman shades or simple blinds to regulate the natural light. Alternatively, a tall indoor plant next to the window will cut back on the glare while giving the room a sense of nature.

While a desk lamp will light the task at hand, layers of lighting elsewhere will also help

Trendy task lighting

The classic desk lamp is tried and true when it comes to bringing everything into focus. Desk lamps that have a flexible arm are ideal since you can adjust their height and angle to suit the task at hand. Task lights assist with contrast when you’re reading, so a simple table or desk lamp can reduce eye strain and minimise headaches.

Combine natural light and task lighting to help focus, as seen in this stylish monochromatic scheme.

Creating ambience

Throwing a little ambient light into the mix will help soften the harsh light that can come from overhead or task lighting. Overhead lighting provides the basic layer of light, so think about additional sources of illumination to add to the décor. Your ambient light should ideally light up the entire room evenly, ensuring balance.

When space is a premium

Not everyone can dedicate an entire room to a home office, so a workspace can be defined by modern pendants, wall sconces and recessed lighting to provide the layers you need, while de-cluttering the workstation to give the space a sleeker, more airy appeal.


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