13 ideas on updating your home office.

As we come to the end of another work-from-home winter, it's time to start thinking about refreshment – both physically and mentally. The weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. It's finally time to start enjoying the summer sun! 

Spring is the perfect time to give your home office a refresh, The weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. It's finally time to start enjoying the summer sun! In this blog post, I will discuss 13 tips to make it happen. 

Home Office with textured backdrop
Home Office with a textured backdrop

Even if it is a small home office it is still the beating heart of the home and, as such, it deserves a regular spring refresh. If you've been meaning to invest in some attractive storage solutions for the things you need to keep, now is the time to do it. 

A well-organized home office is a productive home office, so take some time to get yours in order.

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1 Clean.

We spend a lot of time at our desks, so it's important to keep them clean and clutter-free. 

Start by decluttering and deep cleaning. This will help you clear your mind and create a fresh, clean space to work in.

Toss out any old papers, unfinished projects, and anything else that's just taking up space. Donate or recycle items you no longer need in your workspace and file anything that's been sitting on your office desk for too long.

Wash the windows, inside and out. Let in some fresh air and natural light to help boost your mood and productivity.

Dust all surfaces, including shelves, picture frames, and electronics. Don't forget those annoying dust bunnies lurking in corners and under furniture!

It should be obvious; clean the floor with a mop or vacuum to remove dust and dirt.

2. Get Organized.

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: a home office refresh is one of the most productive things you can do. It's not just about getting rid of the piles of paper that have been accumulating on your desk (though that is part of it). 

Once you've decluttered your home office space, invest in some stylish storage solutions for the things you need to keep. This will help you stay organized and motivated to get work done in your home office.

3. Purge your old digital files.

If your home office computer is anything like mine, it's full of digital clutter. Now is the perfect opportunity to give it a much-needed digital refresh. As in, you should be purging your digital files. 

Go through your computer hard drive and all cloud-based storage drives and get rid of any old files, photos, and emails you don't need anymore. This will help you declutter your digital space and make it more efficient and effective. And who knows, you might even find some old gems that you forgot about! 

And let's be honest, we will never look at them again. Ever. That's why purging old digital files is one of my top priorities this year. Not only will it declutter my digital space, but it will also make me more efficient and effective. And who knows, I might even find some old gems that I forgot about!

4. Task Seating.

Spring Is the perfect time to ditch that old, uncomfortable so-called task chair and upgrade to a new, ergonomically designed office chair for your home office.

Not only will a new ergonomic task chair provide much-needed support for your back and neck, but it can also help reduce back pain. It will also give your home office a fresh look. 

When choosing a new chair, look for one with good lumbar support and adjustable height. You'll be spending a good amount of time in this chair, so you might as well purchase a high-quality one. With a little bit of research, you're sure to find the perfect task chair for your needs.

5. Fresh paint.

If you're sick of looking at the same four walls day in and day out, then it might be time for a home office refresh. And one of the easiest ways to do that is with a fresh coat of paint

When choosing a paint color, keep in mind that light, airy colors will help to create a more cheerful environment. Yellow and light green are both excellent choices. Not only will they brighten up the space, but they can also help to increase productivity levels.

In addition to new paint, you might also want to consider new window treatments. Curtains or blinds can help to filter out distractions and allow you to focus on work. If you have the budget for it, natural light is always the best option.

So, if you're looking for a quick and straightforward way to give your home office a makeover, then consider giving it a fresh coat of paint. Check out Sherwin Williams's color forecast for 2022. It could just be the change you need to jumpstart your productivity levels this spring.

6. New Window treatments.

If you're looking for an effortless way to give your home office a fresh look, updating your window treatments is a fantastic way to start. New window treatments can do more than just add a touch of style to your space – they can also help reduce glare on your computer screen and keep your office cooler in the summer.

Not sure where to start? If you get a lot of sunlight in your office, light-blocking curtains or shades are a great option. Want something that will make a significant impact? Consider adding new blinds or shutters. 

Whatever you choose, new window treatments are a simple and budget-friendly way to update the look of your home office – and make it more functional, too.

7. Add some modern greenery.

If you're looking for an effortless way to add a touch of modernity to your home, one of the best things you can do is add some plants or flowers. Not only will they add life and color to the room, but they can also help to purify the air. 

Adding greenery is a fantastic way to modernize any room in your house. It can be as simple as a small succulent on your desk or a potted plant in the corner. Not only will it make the space look nicer, but it can also help improve your mood and concentration. Plus, and your get to show off your green thumb!

8. Include artwork.

What is the one thing that can make or break your home office? Well, if you're like most people it's a lack of visual interest in the walls. It needs some personality and creativity to really feel at ease. What do we need to do to fix this problem? 

Whether it is framed pictures from around town, paintings found online on sites, or at flea markets/second-hand stores – anything goes when decorating these spaces because no two homes will ever look quite alike.

In today's fast-paced world many of us work remotely, which means creating an enjoyable environment where you can focus without interruption is important!

9. Accessories.

If you're in need of a home office design refresh, try adding some new home office accessories. A brightly colored vase, a stack of colorful books, or a pretty picture frame can all help to add a little extra pizzazz. And don't forget, you can always switch things up if you get bored. 

Your home office should reflect your unique style. So go ahead and experiment until you find the perfect look for you. Who knows, a modest home office makeover is just what you need to jumpstart your productivity.

10. Lighting.

As someone who spends a lot of time working from home, I can tell you that having the right lighting is key to being productive. First, you want to make sure that your home office light fixtures are adjustable. This way, you can control the amount of light in the room depending on what task you're working on. 

If you're doing something that requires more concentration, you may want a dimmable LED desk lamp. On the other hand, if you're just doing some light work or browsing the internet, you might want a softer light. 

One key factor is color; warm colors like orange and incandescent white emit less blue than cool options such as green-blue tints found within LED light fixtures.

11. Install storage shelves.

Any home office can benefit from the addition of shelving. By adding shelves, you create more storage for books, files, or d├ęcor items. Plus, shelves help to break up the space and create a more interesting visual aesthetic. It's a quick and easy project that you can do yourself in just a few hours.

Before you buy shelves, take some time to measure the wall space in your home office and decide on the best size, style, and placement for your needs. Then, head to your local home improvement store or shop online to find the perfect shelves for your space. With some new shelves in place, your home office will be looking sharp in no time! Check out my post about styling bookcases and etageres.

12. Office desk

When it comes to home office furniture, one of the most important pieces is the desk. Your desk is where you'll be spending most of your time! And if you're like most people, you spend more time at your home office desk than you'd care to admit. 

With the never-ending stream of virtual meetings, it's important to find a healthy balance between sitting and standing throughout the day. Obviously, you don't want to be sitting all day long. That would be unhealthy. However, you don't want to be standing all day either. That could be just as unhealthy. 

There are plenty of different desk styles to choose from, but for the best results, get either a pneumatically or electric height adjustable desk. Getting from sit-to-stand quickly and quietly is the best way to avoid drawing attention to yourself during conference calls (or when you just need to take a break from staring at the screen). 

This will help you find a healthy balance between sitting and standing throughout the day. Trust me, your back will thank you for it!

13. New area rug.

Rugs are a wonderful way to add warmth, interest, and coziness to any space. They also make it easy to switch up the look of a room without making any permanent changes. If you're shopping for a rug for your home office, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. 

Make sure the rug is large enough to anchor the workspace. You don't want it to be too small or it will look out of place. 

Thick rugs may not work so well for home office task chairs casters. Choose a rug with a low pile or flat weave so it's easy to roll out your home office chair.

Consider the material. Natural fibers like wool or jute are always an excellent choice for durability and stain resistance. 

Consider the colors and patterns you want to use. If you're going for a fresh, airy feel, light colors, and simple patterns. But if you want something with a little more personality, go for bolder hues and patterns.


Well, there you have it folks, a home office refresh for the summer season. We hope you found our tips helpful and that you enjoy spending time in your newly refreshed home office this summer! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions about home office design. As always, thanks for reading, and until next time!

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