Tips for Choosing Commercial Lighting for an Office

Choosing the proper lighting for a commercial office space can be a bit tricky, but it is a very important aspect to get right. By having the correct lighting for a space that people will be working and spending a lot of time in, you want it to be optimised for comfort and focus. You also want your choice of light fixtures to fit the space.

Tips for Choosing Lighting

1. If you can optimise the amount of natural light that enters the office, do so. For instance, if you are in an office building, on the top floor, skylights can be an excellent source of light and not to mention, cost effective.

2. Pick the right style of light fixtures for the design of the office space. When things stand out and do not look like they belong, it could be a distraction to employees or visitors.

3. Use indirect light that is evenly spaced as opposed to direct overhead lighting, which can cause strain.

4. Also consider low glare task lighting.

All of these tips can help you in choosing the proper lighting for your office space. Remember the more comfortable the lighting, the less chance of strain on employees.

How to Add Texture to Your Walls with a Roller

If you have bought a house or living in home that has a lot of bad patch jobs or issues with the walls, one way to help cover up those faults is by adding texture to your walls. The texture will help all those botched jobs blend in and help the walls to have a uniform texture. Here are the steps for applying texture:

1. First fix any damaged areas with a lightweight spackle and allow to dry.

2. Protect the area that will be getting texture, by covering up, like the floor or any nearby items.

3. Prime the walls first with white latex paint or drywall primer.

4. Roll out your premixed texture paint onto the walls for the initial application.

5. Allow first coat to partially dry then roll over the second coat.

6. Use a brush for tight areas and allow to dry.

Adding texture to your walls can be tricky and watching YouTube videos beforehand might also be helpful, but if in doubt, you can always have it professionally done.

Benefits of an Industrial Wall Coating in Commercial Property

When it comes to commercial and industrial environments, painting the walls are much less about aesthetic appeal and more about cost effectiveness and longevity. Typically, these types of coatings are thicker, have better coverage and only require one coat. This is the case with coatings such as Watco industrial wall coating, which is fast drying, easy to apply and can even be sprayed on. This paint also is a high-build, no-drip paint so will go on smooth.

Even though these coatings may only need one coat they offer excellent hiding power and can be used on walls and ceilings. Using standard paint in these types of environments will be much higher maintenance and mean that you have to repaint every couple of years. That is why the tougher industrial wall coatings can be a better choice, even though it may have a higher up-front cost.

Industrial wall coatings such as Watco offer longer protection for commercial or industrial properties, so that you have to repaint less often and therefore save money.

Inspirational Interior Design Tips

When moving into a new house or just trying to spruce up your current home, interior designing a space can become a perplexing and frustrating process unless you go about it the right way. Some tips to help you more easily plan and visualise your ideas are:

A Mood Board

You can create a ‘mood board’ from inspirational images or ideas from magazines, social media or online. Take all of these images, colours, designs or fabrics and put them together on your mood board to see how well they work together and help you determine how to incorporate what you love together in the right way.

Measuring is Key

Be sure to accurately measure your space and any furniture, curtains, blinds, rugs etc that you want to use and make sure things are going to fit where you want them to. This will help save you the time of returning things.

Samples

Once you have decided on colours, fabrics or paint, be sure to get samples and be sure to put them together to double check these choices will work together. Where possible get returnable samples, especially for any blinds or curtains, that you can put with furniture to be sure you are happy.

In conclusion, take your time, plan well and shop around to help your decorating go as smoothly as possible.

Matching a Rug to Artwork

One way to create a beautifully designed room, is by choosing a rug that will complement the art in a room. This can be a challenge for many, but can even be done on a budget. Here are a few ways:

1. Match rugs to art by highlighting a secondary colour in the central piece of art. Do not overwhelm the observer with the primary colour already present in the room, try using a secondary colour as the main rug colour.

2. Match the rug’s design to the art style present in the room. Choose a rug that will fit in with the ‘theme’ or feel of the room.

3. Choose a rug that can stand on its own. Ensure the rug complements the art present but would look lovely even without the accompanying pieces.

4. Highlight the rug as the central art piece. You could let the rug be the centre piece and build the rest of the room around that. You can even hang high-end rugs as art.

5. Avoid visual competition between art and rug. You need to ensure there is balance and everything is not competing to be the centre piece but complementing each other.