In a world of closet offices, kitchen offices, and bedroom offices, we sometimes like to approach the home workspace in a different light. Think of it as a contrarian lens. Instead of cooping yourself up in a small private area of the home, we say do the complete opposite - go for the brightest area in the home and make that your official home office work area.
We have a couple of friends that are absolutely against keeping their desks in such brightly lit spaces due to the glossy finish of their computer screens, so we can see why many individuals tend to avoid the light (much like vampires, in a way).
However, there are others of us at the Unplggd office that feel life should be spent just as much away from the screen (reading, sketching, and/or reflecting) as the time spent browsing the Interwebs for LOLCATs and movie trailers. We believe the new wave of designerly computer geekers will be a hybrid of hypermediated-social beings - individuals who embrace the natural elegance of their physical world, using technology as a medium only to further perpetuate their own identity.
Then again, maybe we just want some of you guys to get more Vitamin D.
Our tips of how to effectively setup and work inside a bright room:
1) Plan according to where light enters the room: Most of the time, simply reorienting or repositioning a desk a few feet can mean the difference between Clint Eastwood squinty eye syndrome and comfortably working in a naturally illuminated space. If your monitor is positioned facing a large window, the likelihood glare will be an issue is practically guaranteed. Find the sweet spot in a room, where natural light permeates, but doesn't directly shine onto the screen.
2) Know the angles: Combatting glare isn't so much about avoiding light, but avoiding the angles in which light sources produce glare on the screens. Most offices are bright, but glare is kept a modest amount due to even, indirect lighting. When working in bright naturally illuminated rooms, having the option to turn your monitor away from glare can be important. Therefore, we recommend using an articulating base or wall mount, so reflecting glare can be avoided.
3) Get shady: Consider adding light filtering window shades. These type of sheer window treatments will still allow for a percentage of natural light in, but significantly reduce the amount of glare-producing light. Ideally, we dream of automatic remote controlled roller shades, but even an affordable big-box, hardware store roller shade can do the job. If adding window shades isn't possible, adding tall varieties of indoor plants or placing them near where light enters can create glare-busting shade, not only filtering light, but interior air quality.
4) Choose the less sexy option: When given the option between glossy and anti-glare, choose the one designed for bright light conditions. Yes, glossy is sexier, producing deeper and richer images in ideal conditions. If you regularly work in a bright, sunlit room, you're not working in an ideal condition and more likely working on crows feet around the eyes from squinting.