What Your Home Office Lighting Reveals about Your Style

While the home office concept is fairly universal – a space at home that allows you to conduct work – the look, feel, and implementation of that concept is extraordinarily individual. A home office can be anything from an entire suite in the house to a desk in a closet. Regardless of the size or location, office lighting plays a key role in increasing productivity and enhancing the functionality of your home office space.

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We’re taking a look at a variety of office lighting styles – like floor lamps and desk lighting – and seeing how they work in their particular space. We hope you can find some inspiration for lighting your own individual office space, making it fit your personality and work style.{found on stylemepretty}.

Floor Lighting for the Home Office.

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A simple floor lamp tucked into the corner behind an office desk might be all the lighting your home office requires, particularly if it’s situated in a naturally lit room of your house. Make sure the lamp is tall enough so your head doesn’t block the light when you’re sitting at your desk.

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For the simplist or minimalist who enjoys the idea of less-is-more in the home office work space, a floor lamp can be ideal for providing light without sacrificing actual desk space (both visually and physically). Plus, doesn’t it seem comforting to have a great floor lamp always at your shoulder?

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The ultra-modern home office thrives on strong lines and geometric forms. Fortunately, so does this floor lamp. The pairing is an obvious choice.

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In this contemporary home office design, a streamlined arching floor lamp provides a nice curved, softening contrast to the hard edges and surfaces of the glass desktop and chrome frame.{found on tonellidesign}.

Ceiling (Overhead) Lighting for the Home Office.

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A fairly spacious home office can sustain oversized ceiling lighting. A large hanging pendant, for example, maintains the masculine feel of this office space while adding a large dose of brightness.

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Want your home office to be as unique as you are? Hang exposed bulbs from the rafters (painted white, for a lightened-up look), and you’ll have plenty of personality-filled office lighting.

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Track lighting emits a hardworking, almost industrial vibe to a home office space. This style of lighting is useful in a large, multi-person office, when one or even two ceiling lights simply wouldn’t provide sufficient light for the tasks at hand.{found on hbfplus}.

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A glass chandelier is a non-traditional concept for home office lighting…but after seeing this bright, cheerful, feminine space, it’s hard to see why that is so. A good lighting choice for a light and airy home office.{found on theinspiredroom}.

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A simple wrought iron orb pendant makes dresses up this home office space and coordinates nicely with the floating shelves. When the home office has a living room vibe, beautiful lighting makes the most sense.{found on lorigentile}.

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Glass pendant lighting can be ideal for hanging above the home office desk that faces out one (or three) large windows. They provide task lighting when outside conditions are dark without interfering or competing with the view.{found on theahomeinc}.

Desk Lighting for the Home Office.

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Truly, it’s hard to go wrong with traditional elbow-arm desk lighting. These lamps are versatile in style and provide plenty of task lighting for a small- to medium-sized home office desk.

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Long, shallow desks benefit from a pair of lamps flanking both ends of the workspace. This method of desk lighting allows you to really showcase your style and personality in your creative office space.{found on studiopebbles}.

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A slim, chic LED desk lamp provides a modern sensibility to a tiny home office space (translation: a desk). Matching the proportions of your office desk lighting to the workspace itself will increase functionality.{found on adeenidesigngroup}.

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Animal print accessories in the home office require chic office lighting, like this glorious white and brass task lamp that pulls from style elements throughout. Again, proportion is key – this one is spot-on.{found on theeverygirl}.

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A hinged brass arm lamp is stately and mature desk lighting. Sometimes in a home office, where technology is a must, a touch of vintage metallic does stylistic wonders.{found on edritger}.

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This white industrial desk lamp strikes a nice balance between feminine and masculine and helps the overall office to take itself seriously. It’s a beautiful taskmaster, this lamp.{found on popsugar}.

Wall Lighting for the Home Office.

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For the very small home office desk, where desk real estate is at a premium, wall lighting might be your best bet for sufficient illumination.{found on apartmenttherapy}.

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One major benefit of wall lighting in a home office space is its flexibility in lighting sphere. That is, if your home office has alternate seating or is quite small, a wall lamp can “move” to wherever the action is or to wherever additional light is required.

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Nothing fancy here…just some symmetrically mounted wall sconces with exposed cords that amp up the character of this fabulous teensy home office space. I do love how the marble desktop works with the rustic-industrial-vintage appeal of this delightfully eclectic office.{found on nytimes}.

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Scissor lamps are a fantastic invention, and they are particularly useful as desk lighting. Because your point of focus might shift from one side of your desk to the other, it’s nice to be able to move the light with you…without actually having to move the light.

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An industrial wall light made out of what appears to be galvanized pipe is decidedly industrial and functional. Remember that the light bulb you choose can have as much effect of the quality of your office lighting as the light fixture itself, so choose wisely for your needs.{found on planete}.

Natural Lighting in the Home Office.

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For those lucky enough to secure a home office space with a wall-sized window, natural lighting is your best friend. You can get away with going dark on built-ins and fixtures; I like the glossy white wall opposite the window in this small office for maximum light reflection.{found on greengoldbuild}.

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Align the edge of your desk with a window in your home office to maximize the potential for natural lighting. You may need to supplement with other lighting sources, of course, but you’ll likely be surprised at how bright even a cloudy day can be.

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While a picture window at your desk is an amazing proposition, depending on the position of the sun at various times during the day, the sunlight could actually be a little too bright and/or uncomfortable for prime working conditions. I love the idea of transom windows all around the room for providing gorgeous natural light without the glare or heat.{found on puregreenmag}.

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What about you? What’s your favorite form of office lighting?