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Back to school: How to refresh your home office to increase productivity

September’s a season of change, from the seasons to our schedules. And while children head off to school, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our own work and productivity. If you work from home, have your own business, or have a study or home office that no longer makes you excited – we’ve got you covered. Our home office refresh tips are designed with productivity and style in mind, from quick home office decor wins to the best home office colours and accessories to boost your creativity.

Office lighting ideas

Light increases our mood and helps us focus, making good lighting a win-win when it comes to home office ideas. Plus, as the days get shorter, ample lighting pieces in your home office means you won’t have to cut your work session short when the evening hits. This gold dome pendant light makes a bold statement, and adds a luxe look to your office space. Pair it with a similarly industrial table lamp for max impact, like this antique jam jar lamp or pulley cable table lamp.

 

Office storage ideas

As the saying goes, a tidy space makes for a tidy mind. So with that in mind, the first place to start when refreshing your home office is storage. Clutter is distracting, and stops us performing at our best. Be sure to add a slick pen pot to your home office desk, like this green storage jar. And for larger work items like wires and folders, choose a statement, style-affirming storage solution, like this tiled Moroccan cabinet or rattan storage basket.

Office decor ideas

When it comes to adding home accessories and decorative pieces to your home office, less is more. So make sure your decor’s well-chosen – designed with productivity in mind. As blue’s the colour of creativity, it’s a great home office idea. Paint a statement blue accent wall, or dip your toe into the shade with this blue and pink toned abstract painting by El Lovaas. Candles add ambience, making your home office feel less rigid – we love this refreshing fern scented candle. Then add plants for their energy and air purifying quality, like this set of 3 green woven planter baskets.

Maua Pendant Light 20cm

Maua Pendant Light 20cm

Avobar From £143

With a classic refined silhouette, the Maua Pendant Light emits a touch of sophistication and demure. This modest dome shaped pendant light has a unique industrial look, combined with a round filament bulb it takes the classic and elegant form of a bell. Hang as an individual pendant over an office desk or cluster several together over a dining table for a more modern look. This industrial dome pendant light looks great when teamed with an Edison Teardrop Bulb for a soft lighting. Bulbs are sold separately.

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Jam Jar Pendant Light-Antique Silver

Jam Jar Pendant Light-Antique Silver

La Maison From £79

Add a bit of vintage chic to your home with some soft and atmospheric lighting with the Jam Jar Pendant Light. A great light for residential and commercial projects such as bars and restaurants. An eye catching design, made from an original "Le Parfait" jar converted into a beautiful pendant light. The reflective properties in the glass give off a great effect and the vintage style fabric cable gives this product a retro look to any space. Suitable for any industrial and minimalist interiors, this industrial pendant light looks great when lit with an Edison-style filament bulb for a softer and more inviting look. Bulbs are sold separately.

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Apoch Pulley Cage Table Lamp

Apoch Pulley Cage Table Lamp

La Maison £245

Inspired by industrial style, the Apoch Pulley Cage Table Lamp is finished off with an industrial style cage perfect for your vintage industrial or steampunk décor. This pulley table light is the perfect addition to any den or office. This adjustable table lamp lives at the intersection of utility and style, allowing the user to add their individual character to the lamp. The wire frame exposes the Edison bulb for a striking vintage look. Made from solid brass frame with a protective steel cage this cage table lamp embodies vintage style particularly as it's accompanied with an industrial style braided cable. Complimented by a flush ceiling fitting and wall light, the Apoch range enhances industrial interiors while also feeling at home in modern settings. This pulley cage table lamp looks great when lit with an Edison squirrel cage bulb for a soft lighting. Bulbs are sold separately.

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