Lighting a home office: An expert guide to getting it right

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Lighting a home office involves more than just a decent desk lamp (Image credit: Sharps)

Lighting a home office properly is an integral part of home office design, both for the physical benefits it has on your eyes and the impact it has on creating a space that is both conducive to work but also welcoming.

It can especially feel tricky if your home office is located in a room that functions as a bedroom or living room. Creating a lighting scheme that works for work and pleasure can be a less easy task to navigate successfully.

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Jo Plant

Jo Plant is Head of Design and Production for Pooky, which is based in England’s Cotswolds region. 

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Ellie Kennedy

Ellie Kennedy is an in house interior expert at 247 Blinds. She is an authority on window dressings offering creative and practical styling advice for both blinds and curtains.

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John Cullen

Luke has been in the lighting industry since 2008 and heads up the UK design team. Working collaboratively with top designers, architects, contractors and clients, Luke has been involved in a wide range of projects offering design-led solutions which improve our experience of spaces. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.