Although it might seem like there is a limitless world of lighting options to consider — from ceiling lights to floor lamps — when it comes to your home office, there's actually one category that'll never steer you wrong and that's flush mount lighting. As the name suggests, flush-mount fixtures sit flush against the ceiling and are a great source of ambient lighting. They are a subtle alternative to pendant lighting and a stylish option for homeowners with low ceilings. Plus, a flush mount will pair quite nicely with wall lights if you need additional illumination.
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If you're sold on this type of fixture to light your workspace, there are a few things you should consider besides how it looks. First up, is the installation. If you feel comfortable working with electrical wires, you can tackle the job yourself. However, we suggest hiring an electrician to do the work, and while they are at it, they can also add little touches like dimmer switches, too. According to HomeAdvisor, you can expect to pay anywhere from $151 to $889 to install a ceiling fixture.
Next, you need to think about the light bulbs. Do you want to go with dimmable or non-dimmable? Incandescent or LED ceiling light? LED bulbs tend to last longer and are far more energy efficient. Another factor to consider while shopping is whether or not the fixture you are looking at is Energy Star rated. If you see this certification, you can feel good knowing that this option has met strict efficiency standards and is better for the environment.
Either way, flush mount lighting is a lovely touch for any office space. Here are eight ideas to get you started.
1. Opt for a celestial look.
If you often look towards the ceiling to collect your thoughts, why not give yourself something nice to look at? The star-shaped flush mount in this Studio McGee office not only provides sufficient ambient lighting but also doubles as stunning home decor. And bonus: It sort of makes you feel like you're gazing up at the stars instead of working.
Get the look: McGee & Co. Sophia Flush Mount in Natural Brass, $540 - $800
2. Consider a retro ceiling light fixture.
For an office that harkens back to another time, like the midcentury era or the bohemian 1970s, ponder a throwback globe-style light fixture in frosted glass. Abbey of Abbey Made This thinks that her LED flush mount looks a lot like a disco ball, which feels so appropriate in this inviting space.
Get the look: West Elm Edie Prismatic Flushmount in Antique Brass, $149
3. Track down a flush mount/chandelier hybrid.
Not all flush mounts have single lights. Some of them look like a cross between a flush mount and a chandelier, which brings just enough eye-catching appeal to small spaces without overwhelming them. The modern matte black semi-flush mount seen in this office, belonging to Brianna of Bloom in the Black, is a mix of the two styles and could work equally well in an industrial space.
4. Focus on the shade material.
To ramp up the style of your office lighting fixtures, don't forget to consider the shades. For example, if you're aiming for a bygone, farmhouse look follow the lead of this office styled by Katie of Little House of Four. The milk glass shade flaunting a stripe detail looks oh-so-apropos.
Get the look: Schoolhouse Otis 4-inch in Natural Brass, $169
5. Punctuate a flush mount light fixture with a ceiling medallion.
Let's say that you have low ceilings that are in desperate need of some visual interest. In that case, source a cool, modern flush mount (like this Craigslist find scored by Erin Kestenbaum) and make it look even more chic with the help of a ceiling medallion.
Get the look: Ekena Millwork Vienna Ceiling Medallion, $22.99
6. Consider ceiling lighting with a brushed nickel finish.
In a neutral office, brushed nickel is a low-risk choice that blends together seamlessly with other neutrals. It's a fact that's proven by this calm-hued WFH setup designed by Sarah of Room for Tuesday. Complete the classic look with brass wall sconces.
7. Clear glass goes with everything.
Whether your workstation is modern, traditional, or in the case of this office crafted by Amanda Rush Holmes, coastal, a flush mount light fixture with a clear glass shade is a sure winner.
Get the look: West Elm Sculptural Glass Geo Flushmount in Clear, $79 - $169
8. Traditional is a timeless home run.
Maybe you'd prefer a minimalist vibe for the lighting in your workspace. With a simple brass and white glass design, a flush mount like this one chosen by Shea of Studio McGee will always work beautifully.
Get the look: McGee & Co. Siena Flush Mount, $400 - $450