Regular readers will know that my home office is under the stairs. There is no natural light at all. By allowing natural light into a workspace you automatically improve productivity and light is essential for our well-being. Lack of natural light is one of the biggest problems faced in office design, whether that be at home or in a shared office workspace.
Productivity, is paramount in small business and anyway you can increase your productivity is key. I like to;
- Take regular breaks
- Go outside
- Listen to upbeat music
- Drink plenty of wastewater
- Chat online to others (short sharp bursts not all day!)
There are also plenty of things you can do to combat the darkness and make your room lighter.
5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Office :
- Use Light Bulbs Which Mimic Daylight : This is the easiest way to brighten up your office. Natural daylight or LED light bulbs stop the artificial orange glow of cheap light bulbs that inevitably gives you that mid-afternoon slump. LED light bulbs also offer up to 90% less energy consumption providing you with big savings on your electricity bills.
- Layer Your Lighting In Your Home Office : Layered lighting with ambient usually a ceiling light alongside task lights, such as a desk lamp and accent lighting which when all working together increases productivity and is better for your health.
- Add More Glass: Toughened glass suppliers in the UK, Tuffx Glass, are bespoke glassmakers in the UK. They provided the glass for The Shard and other prestigious buildings. They also provide glass for smaller projects, including balustrades which are both popular in homes and workspaces. Adding toughened glass to stairwells increases the dispersal of natural light.
- Use Mirrors : Double the amount of sunlight in your office by allowing it to bounce off reflective surfaces. I have a large mirror hung directly across from the light beaming through the front door glass which bounces natural light around.
- Paint The Walls : Glossy painted walls can create a glare within the room rather than reflect light equally, which is what you want. Matte surfaces, on the other hand, reflect light in every direction. The lighter the colour of your walls, the more light they’ll reflect. Also by painting the ceiling a lighter colour also helps the light bounce around the office.
Do you have a dark office? How do you keep the light bouncing around? What ways do you combat the drain on your energy and productivity after long periods in dark rooms?
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