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5 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home Office for the New Year
Workplace Inspiration

5 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home Office for the New Year

|Jan 13, 2021

Whether you want to remodel the home office or just spruce things up, there are tons of things you can do to refresh the space. Most people think big, but there are small and inexpensive things you can do to give a New Year home office refresh. These five options are quite easy to do and don’t have to cost a lot of money.

1. Repaint

If you want to refresh your home office, the easiest thing you can do is add some paint to the walls. Be careful about using bold colors. They can be great for accentuating parts of the home office, but too much can make it hard to focus.

We recommend that you remodel the home office by painting the walls a neutral or ‘almost neutral’ color. While white can be too stark and harsh, you can go with a nice off-white tone. Alternatively, you can paint the walls peach or something cherry without it being too bright. For example, yellow is a happy color, but too much of it can make it hard to focus on the task at hand. Since you catch a glimpse of the paint while you’re working at the computer, it’s best to go with something a little less bright.

refresh home office

2. Buy an Ergonomic Chair and a SmartDesk

Autonomous has almost everything you can imagine for a New Year home office refresh. Consider a remodel of the home office by adding new furniture. ‘Out with the old’ is a saying that works well for clothing, utensils, and your desk and chair.

Make sure you check out ErgoChair 2. It comes in many colors that can add a touch of color and create a focal point for the room. It’s fully customizable and offers great back support to help prevent back pain. You may also find that it makes you sit taller, which is healthier and better for those who work from home.

You can refresh the home office with a yellow, blue, or red chair. However, if you want to keep things simple and minimalistic, consider black/white, gray, or plain black for the chair.

Don’t forget about adding a new desk. This is a great way to remodel the home office without spending too much. Switch from a regular one to an office desk. That way, you can stand and work and relieve the pressures on your back and legs. It also helps you stretch out the lower body muscles, which prevents blood clots and other issues. There are plenty of options from Autonomous, so you can also change the floor plan while you’re at it (see below).

Buy an Ergonomic Chair and a SmartDesk

3. Add Some Plants (Real or Fake)

When you want to refresh the home office, that means more than making it look appealing. You also have to consider the smell. Ultimately, plants can bring nature into the work area. Adding green to the office improves productivity and reduces stress.

You may also notice that plants produce oxygen and remove CO2 from the air. This is a great way to refresh the home office and keep the creativity flowing. If you know you can’t take care of a plant (even an easy-maintenance one), consider fake plants. They don’t have the same benefits, but they can add some color and cheerfulness to the desk.

new year home office refresh with plants

4. Use Pictures/Quotes to Inspire

To round out your New Year home office refresh, consider putting up some pictures and quotes on the walls. Focus on what relaxes and calms your mind. For example, if you enjoy fictional characters from old-school cartoons, put them up on the walls. You can be transported back to your youth while having something whimsical and fun in the office.

Alternatively, you can make or buy frames with various quotes in them. Do you have a favorite book quote? If so, type it up on your computer, print it out, and hang it up on your wall! You can also add it to the desktop or create a screensaver with it. Those who live in a permanent spot may want to consider painting it on the wall or ceiling. That way, you can see it throughout the workday to motivate and inspire you to continue working!

You may want to add a few quotes so that you have different things to look up at throughout the day. After a while, these same words can lose meaning and become boring. Therefore, you may want to switch them out after a few months to refresh the home office once again.

Use Pictures/Quotes to Inspire

5. Change the Floor Plan

In some cases, you’ve already got an office chair and a standing desk. That doesn’t mean you can’t refresh the home office and spruce it up a bit.

You may want to think about rearranging the furniture to help remodel the home office. It can take some effort on your part, especially if you have a lot of furniture. Consider drawing it on a piece of paper if you’re a visual learner. That way, you can erase and make changes without breaking your back.

Think about moving the computer desk to a new area of the office. Put it next to a window or consider Feng Shui and have your back to the wall. Don’t forget to rearrange the other items, such as bookcases, filing cabinets, and the like. While you’re at it, consider adding some shelves for more organization!

Change the Floor Plan


If you want a New Year home office refresh, there are plenty of ways to go about it. Most people want something simple and easy to do, and these tips are part of that.

However, don’t be afraid to remodel the home office and give it a full revamp. Take everything out, change the carpets, and make sure you’re using the right accessories and tools. That way, you are more willing to be in your office for eight or more hours a day to complete your work. Ultimately, this makes you more productive, shows your bosses you’ve got the willpower to work at home, and keeps your space refreshed and exciting.

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