My team and I are currently planning on redecorating the office space at the top of the house – a very exciting project. It also happens to be the space I hold my Design Classes too, so it’s my new home project, and I can’t wait to crack on with it. I’ll make sure I keep you guys all updated with it’s progress.

This got my brain jumping around with desk ideas, stationery supplies, office chairs – everything that makes a working space more attractive to work in.  Then, I got onto lighting. As you know, I am obsessed with lighting. Lighting is tricky through you never want to over light a space, as shadows create mystery and drama but you also need it to be practical in an studio space too. Especially with my team beavering away upstairs they need good light but not stuffy strip lighting in corporate gaffs!

So, in order to achieve the practical and cosy vibe, there are three categories of interior lighting you need to know about: ambient (or general), task, and accent. A successful lighting scheme requires a combo of all three; what we in the biz call “layering.”

AMBIENT LIGHTING

This provides general illumination and is most often found in recessed lighting, chandeliers, and other ceiling fixtures. Recessed halogens, positioned around the perimeter of a room, can fool the eye by appearing to push back the walls – go easy on the downlights though. Dimmers, dimmers dimmers, – I can’t say this enough. They are key, as they will enable you to control the amount of illumination according to the daylight.

TASK LIGHTING

This is SO important in an office space. Task lighting is to there to help you perform certain tasks like reading, writing, typing, drawing, scribbling and will create those intriguing shadows we love (and also help save you from needing glasses)!
Task lighting is also wonderful for casting a warm, atmospheric glow. Sit down on any chair in my pad and you’ll find a small table next to it with a table lamp. For any studio you must have table lamps. They are great investment pieces that are hugely practical and also a great addition to any home.

ACCENT LIGHTING

Task lighting on its own creates too much contrast. So you need to layer this with accent lighting (my favourite!). I’m talking candlelight, decorative sconces, or picture lights that highlight things: artwork, architecture, textiles, groups of vases, you name it.

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