The lighting inside your home should depend on the room, or rather the purpose of the room. The study or work rooms in the homes should be well lit, compared to, say, the bedroom. Here are several tips for lightening up a study room properly:
Install a Cool, Overhead Light
When you are in the study or the computer room working, you would expect it to be as bright as possible. Low light naturally hints to our bodies to go to sleep. That’s probably not what you want when you are busy typing up an essay at night. Therefore, you need to keep the lighting condition in reading or study rooms in the “cool” mode. That is to say, the light is bright and white, compared to “warm” light, which is yellowish like fading daylight in the evenings. First and foremost, a study needs an overhead light with a “cool” bulb. You can look up the label when you shop for bulbs.
Add Layers of Lights
The overhead light is not the only way to make a study room bright. In fact, an overhead light may not be sufficient for getting work done. Introducing light in layers is the best way to facilitate proper work. In addition to overhead light, introduce task lights in the rooms. These are light sources like a tripod floor lamp, a desk lamp, or a small bulb near the desk. These lights would allow users to see what’s on the desk better. When a person is hunched over a desk, the overhead light my cast a shadow over the desk. This problem can be battled away with the right task lights.
Ensure Optimal Natural Light during Daytime
Obviously, you can’t rely on artificial lights during daytime, and you shouldn’t. Study rooms should be designed to allow plenty of natural light to pour in during daytime. That means large, unobstructed windows. Remove heavy curtains or furniture that might hinder sunlight from entering the rooms. Installing large windows is also a must. If your windows are too small, consider making them larger to make the room truly well-lit during daytime.
Keep the Interior Design Minimalist
Don’t stuff the study room with too many things. Crammed rooms look dingier. In contrast, plenty of open space, regardless of the actual size of the room, would make it appear larger and brighter. Therefore, keep the overall design to the minimalist within emphasize on organization, because we all know how books and papers can cause litter.
Use Soft Colours
Some people like to use dark colours like red inside studies, especially law chambers. But dark colours create a warm glow effect. It’s best to choose soft colours that make rooms brighter for studies and computer rooms where you have to stay awake and concentrate. You can go for darker tones if you like, but you may have to make up for it with bright task lights. Even modern legal studies choose cooler shades because warm tones don’t really make you want to stay awake.
With the above tips in hand, you will be well suited to light up your work or study room. Remember, go for brighter shades to inspire you to study rather than retire.