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Design Guide: Home Office Lighting Ideas

There are a number of home office lighting ideas to choose from. Determining what light fixtures to use will be based on what sort of work is being done in your home office. Detail orientated, mechanical jobs will require more task lighting. These lights will need to be colder (whiter) in color, so that you can see the true color of objects, prints, paints, etc. Whereas more computer or paper based work will need more localized general home office lighting. These light fixtures will be warmer in color, creating a more comfortable ambiance.

Adding some mood lighting can help in creating a more relaxing environment to do creative thinking. So depending on the type of work you do (from mechanical to creative led), and your home office layout, you will want to incorporate a number of different home office lighting ideas to provide the right combination of either cold work lights or warm ambient lighting.

Home Office Ceiling Lights

Recessed lighting  is a modern style of lighting that provides general ambient lighting.

Track lighting provides focused light to one area, ideal for localized task lighting over a desk or work counter. One of the great things of a lighting tack is that it can be made to use only one ceiling light outlet, making it relatively easy to install a track in your home office.

An example of track lighting in a home office

Pendant lights bring light closer down to work surfaces

Pendant lights are another way of adding task lighting to a home office. A pendant light brings the light closer down to the surface (desks, worktops, etc) making it easier to see the work you are doing. Plug in pendant lights, such as the one shown here from Home Decorators Collection, allow you to easily add a pendant light to a room. No electrical work is necessary as they plug straight into a standard light socket.

Florescent strips, though very cold in color and can create a sterile looking space, are great for more mechanical home offices. The bright white light brings clarity in the colors, objects, and tools, that you deal with.

 

The Most Important Piece of Home Office Furniture

The Anglepoise desk lamp is the most versatile desk lamp

A desk lamp will be one of the most important pieces in your home office. Most people will be working on a computer and with paper work, so a flexible and high quality desk light is essential to high levels of productivity. Therefore it is recommended to look into adjustable table lamps, as they can be maneuvered to your liking.

1. Anglepoise / Balanced arm / Swing arm desk lamp: This is the desk lamp. It has many names (designed after the anatomy of an arm), but this desk lamp is a versatile light fixture. It can be adjusted to shine light at any angle.  You can find an Anglepoise desk lamp with a base or to save table space, there are versions with a clamp that you can attach to the edge of your desk.

The LEAF lamp – a luxurious desk light

2. The LEAF Lamp is an elegantly styled and modern desk light. It holds 20 LEDs, 10 are blue and 10 are yellow. This combination of LEDs allows you to use its touch control base to adjust the gradient of light: cold work light or yellow ambient lighting. Named by TIME Magazine’s as “Best Invention of 2007” for its beautiful design and energy efficiency – the LEAF lamp is a luxurious addition modern home office furniture. Costing $429.

3. Bending Neck: These are smaller and less versatile than the other desk lights, but are cheaper and take up less space.

A bending neck lamp

Floor lamps are suitable for a home office layout which has enough floor space.

Adding Mood Lighting

The Yantouch Jellyfish looks like large, rounder iPad. With a gesture control touch pad, it is the most advanced and modern mood light. From the touch pad you can control the color of the light it shines, the brightness, saturation, and speed at which the colors change (if you want them too).  Prices range from $79 to $189.

A solar powered jar light

A SunJar is a decorative solar light that you can place at your windowsill. At night, after it has collected the suns energy during the day, it will glow like a sun has been captured in the elegant Mason jar.

Decorating A Home Office With Different Lighting Styles

 There are a wide range of light fixtures styles, that can be used to suit different home office decorating ideas.  

You have Mission lighting which suit regal, traditional home office décor styles.

– You can add color to a space with traditional Tiffany lighting

– Feel like creating an exotic space to work in? Japanese or Moroccan lighting

– Then there are the clean and simple contemporary lighting fixtures

Home Office Lighting Tips

Accent Lighting: If you have any art pieces, collections, memorabilia, or a proud book collection, then you can add lighting to highlight these areas. Some options include: cabinet lighting, downlighting or uplights.

A Cozy Work Environment: Lighting can play a role if you want to create a cozy, intimate space. You will want to avoid lighting the ceiling. Bring light down with pendant lighting, table and floor lamps.

Formal and Large Space: Adding a mirror to the room, light the ceiling (with wall washers or uplights) and lighting all corners of the room will create the illusion that the space is larger.

Natural lighting Ideas: Natural lighting is the best type of lighting to use during the day. Windows are essential for a positive work environment and natural lighting. You can use blinds to control the amount of light (and heat) coming through during different times of the day.  A skylight, though a major undertaking, will  wash your home office with a warm glow of light.

Home Office Design Pictures

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Design Guide: 14 Kitchen Pendant Lighting Ideas

Kitchen Pendant Lighting Ideas

When planning on using kitchen pendant lighting there is one thing that you will want to keep in mind. Kitchen lighting will usually fall into two areas: task or ambient lighting. Task lighting is used around areas such as the sink, counter tops or kitchen islands – where task and activities take place. While ambient lighting is used for general comfort. Different kitchen pendant lighting ideas are better suited for one or the other.

Task lighting: You will want pendant lights where the light bulb point downwards, directing the light down onto surface. Kitchen island lighting will usually require pendant lights that focus the lights downwards. Sinks and other counter tops will usually have recessed lights or under cabinet lighting providing light.

Ambient lighting: For this type of lighting, the light bulbs can are generally facing upwards, providing a softer glow of light compared to task lighting.

Basics Pendant Lighting Tips:

  • Kitchen pendant lighting can either come as single or multiple lamps. Multiple lamps, such as a 3 light pendant, helps provide more lighting using only one light outlet.
  • Keep an eye out for adjustable lights such as a pull down pendant light, or rise and fall fixtures. These provide flexible lighting solutions as they can easily be adjusted to suit your lighting needs at any given time.

Pendant Lighting Ideas

Pendant track lighting: The great benefit of a track light is that they can be made to use only one light outlet. Yet there are multiple lamps spread over a large area. These can be found with modern styled fixtures or more traditionally styled.

Mission style lighting fixtures: With their distinctive lines and dark woods, mission lights are suited for a more traditional, rustic kitchen décor

Cloth cord pendant lights by Rejuvenation

1900-1910: There are a number of pendant lights being made today that represent the light fixtures of 1900-1910. These pendant lights are made with cloth cords, either straight or twisted. They house a carbon filament bulb, and the shades were made out of different metal finished, in a range of styles. It was during this time, when flammable gas lamps were being replaced. Available from Rejuvenation

Add on modern lamp shade: a modern lamp, such as the Grito lampshade, can be added onto and transform existing pendant light fixtures. The Grito lampshade is made in a modern looking aluminum shape, and can add color to your kitchen.

The Grito lampshade available from Mathmos

Wooden finished pendant lights work well in kitchens that feature wooden décor (wooden dining room tables, chairs, cabinets, etc.). You can opt for hardwood looking light fixtures or a softer wicker wood pendant light.

Different styles of wooden pendant lights

Luxury Pendent Lights: The Neutra by Ferruccio Laviani is a luxurious pendant light (costing $1075), ideal for large spaces. Available from YLighting.

Neutra: designed by Ferruccio Laviani and made in Italy.

Add Color: A Tiffany pendant light, or simple pendants with a colorful shade can add contrast to a kitchen’s design. Blue or red shades work well to create focal points.

Blown glass pendant light: Light fixtures made out of blown glass add a soft and elegant touch to a kitchen’s ambiance.

Drum lighting: A pendant drum light with its minimalistic design will add elegance in a modern kitchen.

Cone lighting: Another style of pendant lighting that blends with modern kitchen design. Also an ideal option for kitchen island pendant lighting.

A plug in pendant light from Home Decorators Collections

Instant Pendant Lighting: An easy and quick way of adding pendant lighting to a kitchen, without doing any electrical work, is to add a plug in pendant light to an existing, standard light socket. Home Decorators Collections offers a brushed bronze instant pendant light for $40.

Metals: Certain metal finishes suit different kitchen décor styles: A chrome pendant light will blend in with a modern, sleek looking kitchen. Whereas, a copper pendant light will work best in more rustic, traditional looking kitchens.

Kitchen chandelier lighting:  Chandeliers that are common in a kitchen are more in a wrought iron style. You can also find a lighted pot rack, which doubles as a light above a kitchen island, and holds the kitchen pots.

Hanging Lanterns: These would be suitable for adding ambient lighting to a traditional, rustic styled kitchen.  Lantern styles range from wrought iron Victorian, soft Japanese lanterns to a Moroccan pendant light.

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A Brief Guide On: Mission Style Lighting

Like the inspired interior design style that grew out of the arts and crafts era (1900-1930), mission style lighting is similar in its definitive lines and edges, dark wood coloring, and a relatively simple appearance. The rustic look of the dark woods is offset by the patterns and colors of the crackled or stained glass. The overall impression of mission lighting, with their flared quality and dark woods, typically resembles natural elements such as spreading roots, angled branches, or broad tree trunks.

An example of mission style lighting.  Lamp from Universal Lighting and Decor

Mission Lighting Design

What sets mission light fixtures apart is their distinctive shape. Usually they are found as a four sided, pyramid base (without the pointed top). Rectangular shapes are also common.  Designers of mission style lighting fixtures stay away from the highly decorated styles of previous eras, opting for a cleaner and simpler look. Often inspired by the mission architecture and landscape of the western and southwestern United States, the straight edges mimic the panoramic views that are prevalent in these regions.

Darkly stained oak is often used along with various metals and stained, frosted, or textured glass to create the elegant lighting fixture. The leathered appearance of the wood artfully enhances the delicateness of the glass elements, which creates lighting sources that blend easily with several interior design styles. Far from being limiting, mission lighting may be used to enhance existing décor styles, allowing for spaces to be decorated in a more rustic, traditional and authentic way.

The clean cut lines are what make mission light fixtures stand out. Lamp from Warehouse of Tiffany.

Interior Design Styles That Collaborate Well With Mission Lighting

Mission styled lighting mixes well with Native American patterns and structural elements, and may be easily paired with handcrafted woven rugs, clay pottery, and similar room accessories. Decorating enthusiasts who prefer American traditional styling may especially appreciate the dark woods of these light sources, and enjoy mixing in richly hued wall paint, seating, and toss pillows. Traditional seating with dark wood accents or dark leather furniture may be greatly enhanced by adding Mission style room elements. Even casual looks can sustain Mission styled lights.

Top Mission Style Lighting Brands

A range of lighting designers offer Mission styled ceiling fans, chandeliers, pendants and sconces with a casual elegance that highlights the best of this architectural style. Top companies such as Arroyo Craftsman, Franklin Iron Works, and Murray Feiss produce quality Mission style outdoor lighting. These manufacturers, along with the Framburg, Kichler, and Quoizel lighting companies, also provide interior and exterior lighting options.

An example of a mission styled outdoor ceiling light, from Vaxcel.

A ceiling fan integrated with a mission style light, from Hunter.

An example of an outdoor bollard in the mission style, by Kichler.

Foyer Lighting Ideas and Design Planning Guide

The exterior of your home is one of the most important areas to home lighting design as this is the first thing you see when you come home, and where first impressions are made. The foyer or entryway sets the first impression of the interior of your home, making foyer lighting an important part of interior design. There are a wide range of foyer lighting ideas to choose from. The space of your entryway will determine what ideas and lighting plans will work best.

The Different Types of Entryways and Foyer Designs

The first thing to do when planning foyer lighting is to evaluate the layout and space of your entryway/foyer. Here are a number of different foyer layouts:

  • A Compact, small foyer – usually with a standard height ceiling.
  • Some foyers are a small hallway leading into the rest of the home
  • Some entryways are met with a wall/corner – so you face a wall when entering the home
  • Large foyers: 1.5 (the ceiling is coved) or double height ceilings

Some lighting ideas are more suitable for certain foyer designs than others.

The 3 Forms of Lighting

When lighting your foyer, or any part of a home, there are 3 types of lighting that you will need to keep in mind.

Ambient Lighting: This is general lighting – used to make a space feel comfortable and easily navigated.

Task Lighting: There are a number of tasks that are done in a foyer area: tying shoelaces, last minute checks in a mirror, reading mail, etc. Task lighting is used to make these activities easy to do: some task lighting ideas will include using table lamps.

Accent Lighting: This is ideal for larger spaces, but if you are creative, can be done for small foyers. Accent lighting helps create focal points. It is used to highlight certain objects, such as a vase of flowers, an art piece on the wall, or a certain wall texture – adding a luxurious touch.

The common standard foyer will only incorporate ambient lighting. You can make your foyer feel and look more elegant by incorporating all three forms of lighting.

Foyer Lighting Design Basics

Small/Compact Foyers (Short / Standard Ceiling Heights): Many modern homes will have a small and compact foyer. One ceiling light will usually provide enough light (while adding other forms of lighting, will add to the visual beauty and comfort).

Flush mount lighting

Types of ceiling entryway lights:

  • Recessed lighting
  • Flush mount lighting (Dish shaped ceiling lights)

Making The Foyer Feel Larger: There are a few lighting design tactics that can help you achieve this.

  • Lighting the walls will make the area feel more spacious
  • If you have a light colored ceiling – lighting the ceiling will create a more formal setting and the illusion that it feels larger (use wall washers to wash the ceiling with light).
  • Add a mirror to the foyer area with lighting around it
  • Light up all the corners of the space
  • Vertical light fixtures: such as vertical sconces
  • Hanging lights can make a space feel larger, but are more recommended for making larger coved/double height ceiling foyers look grander.

Making The Space Feel Cozy: If you would rather create a more “cozy” environment when you walk into your home, you will want to do the opposite of making the foyer feel larger. Bring light lower down to the ground, i.e. using table lamps/floor lamps/low wall lights makes an area feel cozy. Avoid lighting the ceiling.

Coved or Double Ceiling Heighted Foyer: For a large space you will want to use foyer pendant lighting. With a larger space, it is recommended to use as many different types of light fixtures (pendant lighting, floor lamps, wall lanterns). Using a range of light fixtures creates a number of different lighting effects. Whereas only using one type of lighting creates a monotone look.  Incorporate other lighting forms such as accent lighting (on vases, art work, textured walls).

An example of foyer pendant lighting: Moroccan style

Depending on your space, you can look to incorporate the other foyer lighting fixtures listed below.

Foyer Lighting Ideas

– An angled, localized, downlight from the ceiling: pointing down to a mirror/table

Directional ceiling lights

– A downlighting from the ceiling focusing on entryway décor such as an art piece or a textured wall: a good idea if your front door opens onto a wall

A textured wall being highlighted with light

– Use plug-in uplights on a table pointed at wall with a hanging painting

A column of lighting will make the foyer seem taller

– Place uplights on the floor, directed upwards onto a wall making the space feel taller

– Elegant wall lanterns

– Use multiple contemporary wall lights to create a column of light

Vertical or Horizontal Sconces. Work especially well around a mirror

Track Lighting: An elegant way of providing hallway lighting that leads down the foyer

Cove Lighting: a major undertaking but a sophisticated way of lighting an entryway. Cove lighting is when you build a fake ceiling and lights are fitted in a cutaway section

Floor Lighting: This can be done by lining the bottom of the walls edges with rope lights, installing recessed floor lights or as seen in a scene from the movie Inception – floor cove lighting

Floor Lamps are another way of bring light downwards creating a more intimate and cozy ambiance. A lighted twigs floor lamp is a decorative way of adding ambient lighting

– An Entryway Chandelier add grandeur for high ceiling foyers

Furniture in a foyer

Other foyer ideas include Adding Foyer Furniture: If you have the space, you can always add a table. The table can host a lamp or two, with a mirror placed on the wall. Not only will the mirror make the space feel bigger, it is ideal for last minute checks before leaving the house. The table lamps are ideal for adding task lighting

Al Fresco Painting: If you have a high ceiling, one idea would be to have the ceiling painted artistically. Then use entryway lighting fixtures such as wall washers or up lights to highlight the ceiling

Bring Natural Light Into Your Home: There is nothing more elegant and better for home living than using as much natural day light as possible. There are a number of ways to bring natural light into your foyer area during the daytime:

Doors: use frosted or stained glass front doors

Windows: Have columns of windows (frosted or stained) on either side of the door. Or have one fitted above the door either in an arc or rectangular shape

Using windows beings an abundance of natural light into the foyer

Foyer Design Pictures

In the top left we can see recessed and cove ceiling lighting has been used to light this foyer. One recessed light is directed highlighting the displayed artwork.

Foyer pendant lighting and a table lamp will light up this entryway at night

Natural light shines through the windows in the door, the column besides the door, and the sky light.While a pendant light fixtures provides light at night.

A contemporary wall light highlights the textured wall

A Brief Overview Of Tiffany Style Lighting

If you are looking for colorful light fixtures then Tiffany style lighting is the elegant way to light a home. Though dating back to 1878, this style of lighting has evolved into chandeliers, floor lamps, desk lamps, wall scones, and ceiling fan lights. Tiffany glass lamp shades and bath lighting are also available. Other Tiffany designs include accent sculptures, stained glass windows, and fireplace screens.

What Is Tiffany Style Lighting?

Colorful mosaics of glass are what makes Tiffany light fixtures stand out from other styles of light fixtures. The most popular varieties of Tiffany glass are opalescent, streamer, fracture, ripple, drapery, and Favrile. Opalescent glass refers to glass that has several colors, a streamer is a sheet of glass with intricate glass patterns adorning the surface. Fracture glass is a sheet with irregular shapes, and ripple glass is textured with surface waves. Drapery is a glass sheet that appears to have fabric folds, and Favrile glass is iridescent with distinctive coloring.

An example of opalescent Tiffany lighting

A drapery glass lamp shade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sophisticated styled Tiffany light

Where Did The Name Come From?

This unique type of glass lighting is named after the American designer and artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, who started producing stained glass art in 1878. He is also the inventor of Favrile glass. Mr. Tiffany designed his first art deco lamps in 1895. Original Tiffany style lamps were manufactured in the United States from 1895 to 1920. The famous jeweler, Tiffany and Company, was founded by his father Charles Lewis Tiffany and fellow jewelry maker Teddy Young on September 18, 1837.

Who Are Some Companies That Make Tiffany Lighting Fixtures Today?

A dragonfly motif on this Tiffany lamp

While they have been around for more than a hundred years, Tiffany lamps are still popular today. Some companies that manufacture Tiffany style lighting are Meyda Tiffany, Dale Tiffany, Quoizel, the Warehouse of Tiffany, and Lamps Plus.

The price of a Tiffany lamp will vary depending on the style and manufacturer. Some companies offer many of the same styles, but some make specialty designs that can only be purchased from their company. You may find the hardest part of buying a Tiffany lamp is selecting the style and color scheme you like the most.

Design Guide: Kitchen Island Lighting Ideas and Planning

Kitchen Island Lighting Ideas

The lighting for a kitchen island will vary depending on how the island is used.  Bright and localized lighting (task lighting) is necessary if the island is used for a high number of tasks such as: food preparation, doing paperwork, kids homework, or household projects. However, if you only use it as a place to have breakfast or for an after-school snack, softer lighting (ambient lighting) will do. So the question is: where do you lie on the ambient lighting/task lighting line:

kitchen lighting design plan

Knowing where you lie on this ambient/task line will help in choosing what kitchen island lighting fixtures to use

There is a vast array of kitchen lighting fixtures that you can choose from, and those who are searching for kitchen island lighting ideas may wish to consider the following.

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What lights to use for a comfortable kitchen island ambient setting

If you are using the kitchen island causally, i.e. quick meals, and not for tasks then general ambient lighting will provide the right level of lighting. Ambient lighting in a kitchen will include general ceiling lights such as recessed lighting.

recessed lights

Recessed Lighting

Recessed light fixtures are not visible at first glance, as they are installed into openings within the kitchen’s ceiling. These lights typically offer a soft glow, and work well in a modern styled kitchen. The standard size for this type of light is approximately six inches in diameter.

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What lights to use for your kitchen island if you lie in the middle

track lights

If you use the kitchen island for general tasks every now and then, you will want to install more localized/focused lighting such as track lighting.

Track Lighting

These lights are attached to one or more electrical tracks which provide power directly to the bulbs. Many homeowners find that track lighting is an ideal choice as it is easy to install, attractive and versatile. The great benefit with track lighting is that you can adjust the position of each individual light to tailor to your kitchen.

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More focused lighting is needed if you use your kitchen island for a range of tasks

Kitchen islands are ideal for doing daily tasks. These tasks can be done while having an eye on the TV or watching over the kids, or just spending time with other people in the house. You will need to have more focused lighting over the kitchen island to be able to sit comfortably while doing the day to day activities.

Pendant lights hang on a wire to bring them closer to a kitchen island’s surface

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is the choice for lighting a kitchen island, as it brings light closer to the surface, making it easier to see what you’re doing. It is also a popular choice among many homeowners because it is typically very attractive.

Depending on the size of the space you’re looking to light, pendant lights can come as a single or a multiple lamp. An example of a single lamp would be drum lighting. These are elegant light fixtures that have a shade in the shape of a drum. An example of a multiple lamp would be chandeliers.  These blend well with traditional or formal decor. You can also find these “kitchen chandeliers” that double as a pot rack.

A drum light

A black chandelier doubles as a pot holder in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen island lighting fixtures can be found in both traditional and modern styles, as well as a variety of finishes such as chrome, nickel and bronze. Such lighting is highly versatile, and for this reason pendant lighting for a kitchen island is the preferred choice.

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Quick Tips:

  • A quick way to add task lighting to a kitchen island would be to place one or two lamps on the countertop- if you have plug sockets installed directly into the island unit.
  • Dimmers are a great way of adjusting the lighting in a kitchen (and above an island) to provide the right balance of ambient mood or task lighting.

Summary:

  • For ambient kitchen island lighting use: general ceilings lights such as recessed lighting
  • For more focused lighting use track lights and dimmers
  • If you use your kitchen island for a number of tasks, you have the choice of these light fixtures to bring light closer to the countertop: single or multiple lamp pendant lights, a kitchen pot chandelier, or drum lighting.

Kitchen Island Photos:

2 pendant lights hang over this kitchen island

Track lights provide a flexible lighting solution in a kitchen

General kitchen lighting such as recessed lights can provide enough light for a kitchen island

A touch of color. Pendant lights work well in collaboration with recessed lights.

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