How to give your home office a back-to-school refresh

We’ve all got used to homeworking by now, and while many of us are heading back into the office, there are also plenty who are staying at home, or opting for a hybrid between the two. If you’re sticking with some form of home working, September is the perfect time to give your office a bit of a refresh and channel that back-to-school feeling. New pencil case, optional!

If you want to upgrade your work space, here are a few tips for making your home office organised, inspiring and comfortable for the ‘new work’ year.

Grey Painted Office Desk and StoolKemble desk

Tools at the ready

Small things can have a big impact; whatever your style, sometimes just swapping your standard desk accessories for something a little more fun can make you look forward to getting back to work each morning. Pens, mouse mats and notebooks can make your desk look more cheerful without costing a fortune or taking up too much space.

Romsey desk

Urban jungle

When you’re stuck at your desk all day, having some references to nature to look at is a nice way to connect with the outside world. Plants are the ideal low-maintenance addition to your office space, and many varieties are known to have calming properties making them perfect for those stressful days at work! Or pop a small bunch of flowers on your desk at the start of the week to kick off your Monday with a smile.

Hove white painted desk and stool

Hove desk

Wonder wall

Looking at a blank wall all day can be a little, well uninspiring, so give it a refresh so you can gaze at things that spark your creativity. Even if you don’t have a job that’s necessarily creative, use the wall as a canvas for adding pictures of things that make you happy, be it holiday snaps, prints with inspirational quotes, or some of your kids’ art.

Original Rustic desk

Painted perfection

Don’t underestimate the impact that the colour of the walls can have on how your home office looks and feels. Choose a colour that you love, and if you don’t want to commit to the whole room, paint the wall that you look at all day your favourite shade.

Parquet desk

Add some accessories

A few simple touches can make your office space feel a bit more special. A statement light is not only functional but looks good, while keeping blankets close to hand is useful for chilly days. And mirrors are a great way to add light to dark rooms.

Highgate desk (@allabout_thehome)

The right foundations

St Ives desk (@my_devine_life)

Of course, having a good desk is the main goal when it comes to making your work-from-home set up right for you. If you’ve been pitching up on the kitchen table or slouching on the sofa with your laptop, it might be worth investing in a solid desk that will stand the test of time, especially if you’re not going back into the office. Browse our selection of desks, with styles to suit every interior – from farmhouse chic to contemporary Scandi.

We’d love to see how you’ve styled your home office so make sure to tag #OakFurnitureland on Instagram.