If you work from home, you realize how rewarding and flexible, yet isolating it can be. Having the right windows in your home office can let in more natural sunlight to keep your mood up, plus they will provide more expansive views of the outdoors. The best windows for your home office will depend on a variety of factors, such as existing space, personal style, type of business, budget and everyday needs.
Right Amount of Light
Whether for your study, den or home office, selecting the right window – and corresponding window treatment – is critical. Sun glare will reflect on your computer screen and affect your work productivity. A space that is too bright will cause eye strain as you try to make out detail. You may not realize it, but over eight hours in such a room, you will be causing more damage to your eyes than you think.
On the other hand, a space that’s too dark will also strain the eyes as you squint to determine what you’re reading. If your desk is right underneath a window, you’ll need something to diffuse the light, such as a solar shade. This will also reduce glare and help to regulate the temperature in the room. Another option would be a frosted glass window that lets in light but not too much, plus your privacy is maintained. This is important if you see patients in your home office.
For small amounts of light yet the opportunity to let in a breeze if wanted, a casement or awning window would be perfect. The crank-out nature of these windows allows you to control the amount of breeze you want. You don’t want a large window you can open up completely, as one stiff breeze could send your papers scattering. Another good choice is a slider window that makes opening and closing easy.
From contemporary to traditional, the style of the room you’re in will dictate which type of window you get. Traditional wood paneled offices with hardwood flooring would be best paired with double hung or bay/bow windows for optimal lighting. To make a grand gesture, a specialty window will add a custom touch to any space, regardless of style.
If you have a contemporary home office in bright white, it’s best to stick with a streamlined modern touch and add an awning or picture window for a clean, uncluttered look. If you’re working with a more neutral color palette, you can add bronze or nickel hardware accents to make them pop, or add vibrant color with a window treatment. The key is to choose patterns that will motivate you to get down to business and work. Ample amounts of daylight coupled with an eye-catching shade will turn any home office into a comfortable, inspiring one.
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