Home Office Lighting, Desk Lamps & Fathers Day Ideas
What are you getting your dad for Fathers Day? It's Father's Day this weekend, the last minute dash to get that special present is here. For the past two weeks we've been looking at our selection of Fathers Day Gifts and this week we're looking at home office lighting, for busy workaholic dads we've got a special selection of cool and sophisticated lighting, from sleek contemporary flush lights to vibrant pops of colour.
Be Inspired : Fathers Day Home Office Lighting Ideas
These days home offices are gradually becoming one of the main areas of a home. For most families how we use a home office or study varies, for some of us it's a place used on a daily basis for work commitments and home business activities, for others it may be a place used at the weekend for sorting through home bills and filing away personal documents. Some home offices are used for relaxation, a quiet place to read or a quick snooze away from the hustle and bustle of the lounge and kitchen. Whatever your family and in today's case, your father, use this room for you will always need a good source of light. Using specific lighting particularly when working from home will prevent the risk of eye strain, fatigue and headaches, keeping your head clear and focused throughout the day, see our guide to 'Home Office Lighting'.
Home Office Lighting, Desk lamps
Desk lamps are probably the most obvious form of home office lighting, they enable a direct pool of light which can be angled and adjusted into a specific area to help with concentration. When deciding on that perfect gift for Fathers Day, think about what he needs in terms of his job and hobbies. Litecraft offer a range of home office lighting in particular a wide selection of desk task lamps including flexi neck, adjustable, swivel options and even magnifying task lamps. For more information take a look at our post on 'Choosing the right Desk Lamp'.
Home Office Lighting, Flush Ceiling Lights
Overhead fittings are a must when thinking about Home Office Lighting, but be careful not to choose anything too fussy and elaborate as this may cause unwanted distractions. A simple flush or recessed fitting will work fine, just giving a subtle illumination across the whole room works best so opt for frosted and opal glass fittings.
Home Office Lighting Look Book
We've pulled together a look book of 3 Home Office Lighting styles to help you this Fathers Day. For Sci-Fi junkies and dads with a more hi-tech and futuristic taste we've pulled together sleek fittings in fresh whites and chrome finishes. We picked our new Jodie Flush Ceiling Light for this look, resembling a flying saucer, this fitting sits flush to the ceiling and features a decorative square design on a frosted glass shade. The frosted element creates a subtle diffused illumination which prevents light from causing a dazzling effect. Compliment this fitting with one of our frosted Shelf Lights, great for storage as well as for accent lighting, these little gems are a must in Home Office Lighting.
For those young at heart, arty dads who love to include a bit of colour to their study areas, we've chosen some funky coloured home office lighting options. Double up with the Fathers Day Gifts this year with our Benny Desk Lamp and Peel 3 Light Flush, both fittings provide focused and directional light and are finished in a vibrant yellowy orange tone for that instant pop of colour.
Lastly we looked at home office lighting for our more sophisticated dads, think leather seating and rich coloured finishes. Our Zeus 1 Light Recessed Spotlight is a must for any sophisticated home office lighting scheme, mounted either as a wall fitting or as an overhead light, the fitting features a sleek nickel finish with a simple square frosted glass shade. Again the frosted glass element allows for a more subtle glow, creating a softer ambience when working. We teamed this with our stunning Antique Brass Hobby Desk Task Lamp for the ultimate in retro sophistication, with an adjustable head and body this lamp can be angled in any direction producing a more focused light. The design is inspired by the original 1930's angled desk lamp. To finish off this look we chose our trendy LED Picture Light in Antique Brass, why not splash out with some helpful Picture Wall Lights, our LED version features ultra violet LED lights in either white or warm white, these trendy gadgets will light up any piece of artwork or even noticeboards and informative posters that your dad might have hanging in the Home Office.
For more Fathers Day Gift Inspiration head over to our Boards on Pinterest.
New in : Flush Glass Ceiling Lights
We recently updated our ceiling range with a selection of New Flush Glass Ceiling Lights. These fittings are ideal for Home Office Lighting as the opal and frosted finish on the glass acts as a diffuser creating a more subtle glow. It is important in a Home Office area to have a more subdued illumination as to prevent a dazzling light whilst you work.
City Guide : Yorks Bakery Cafe
To finish off this weeks Litecraft Journal we took a visit to one of Birmingham's up and coming independent cafés, the very trendy Yorks Bakery Cafe. If you're in the Birmingham area this weekend why not treat your dad to a scrummy breakfast or dinner at this über trendy establishment. Situated in the heart of Birmingham's Colemore Business District the café offers a selection of tasty grub from hearty traditional English breakfasts to a tower of freshly baked cakes and sandwiches displayed everyday there's sure to be something on the menu to dads appetite. On first approaching the establishment you're greeted with a double glass fronted entrance with a white industrial style stamped sign on a rustic wood panel, the looks is very laid back and inviting.
Once inside you're treated to even more laid-back atmosphere, it's a mix of industrial and rustic farmhouse. Straight facing the entrance is the main counter and food station which spreads almost the entire length of the wall. Hints of wood on the walls, the handmade reclaimed wood furniture and the deep wood flooring create a warm vibe, a good contrast against the harshness of the industrial, stainless steel features. Exposed vents and piping stretch across the ceiling giving an almighty industrial vibe, this look is reinforced further with a concrete slab that makes up the counter till area and a matching concrete wall towards the back of the establishment. Subway style tiles feature along the back of the counter and serving area which creates a New York urban deli feel and gives a more masculine raw look whilst retro cream angle task lamps light up the cake and sandwich display and again soften the raw feel.
The overall look is finished with a collection of exposed bulb pendants which dangle overhead throughout the café, this installation is bang on trend for bars and restaurants at the moment, we're seeing this type of lighting more and more in commercial properties as it gives a trendy industrial feel whilst also creating a soft ambience for visitors. Pops of colour come from the yellow chairs and monthly art exhibitions hung on the walls breakup the cold industrial feel.
To get this look opt for a blank canvas of creams and off whites, choose grey if desired. Add industrial elements such as subway tiling, industrial pendants mixed with fancy Squirrel Cage Bulbs and retro task lamps. Soften the look with hints of warm wood and mustard yellow tones, strip back any flooring to reveal original wood panels and choose wooden furniture, ideally second hand and reclaimed for a more rustic look. To complete the industrial feel why no paint one wall or a small section in blackboard paint. We love this look, it's very on trend at the moment and can easily be incorporated into any style of home. Thanks to Simon and the team at Yorks Bakery Cafe for allowing us to use your images.
Pair retro with industrial such as our Hobby Task Lamps with more industrial Pendants like our Replica Circa 1958 Pendant Light. Or go out all White with our Andre Pendant with yellow inner, complimenting it with our New Task Lamp in White. For contrast but to keep with the exposed style our Squirrel Cage Bulbs are ideal, hang in clusters or as single pendants. Here's our look book for more product inspiration...
How are you spending Fathers Day this year?