Many of us have been working from home for a while now and there’s never been a better time to turn that office space into a cozy winter escape. As the weather turns colder and the snow falls outside, you might be staying inside more. With just a few small changes, you can make a big difference. Here are some helpful tips that will help you brighten up your space while enhancing the warmth and comfort of your home office:

Layer Some Cozy Textures

The quickest and easiest way to refresh your workspace for the chilly season is to bring in some soft, fluffy textiles to warm up the room. Layer a faux-fur fabric over your desk chair, add a shag rug under your desk to warm up those toes or lean a rustic ladder against the wall and place a few throw blankets over the rungs – decorative and practical!

Change Up Your Zoom Background

We know you can digitally switch up your background, but what if you didn’t need to? What about changing something on the wall behind you? Find a big, bright piece of art – maybe you have one somewhere else in your home – and hang it behind your seat. Consider floating shelves, where you can lean framed photos and place small plants to add depth and interest. An ornate feature wall will put a smile on your face when you walk into your home office and delight your meeting mates too!

Room with a View

Whether you’re just moving into a new home or you’ve been in your house for a while, the space you choose for a home office should be one with a lot of natural light. If you’re thinking about where to place your desk, directly under a window is always a good choice. What’s stopping you from moving the furniture around if you’ve been in your home office for a few months already? Switch it up so that you make the most of the view from your desk.

Good Lighting is Key

You don’t need an expensive ring light, you just need some natural light and a few different types of lighting in your office. Consider a stylish desk lamp, a soft light or two in the corners and a beautiful light fixture above. Maximizing light from multiple sources will brighten up your space and your day!

Get a Little Greener

Bring some green into the room with some potted or hanging plants and fresh cut flowers. With some nature around you, your office space will be more colourful, fresh-smelling and inspirational. If you’re not a green thumb – just grab a few artificial plants for the added dash of vibrancy to your space, we won’t tell!

Try a New Window Treatment

The way you treat the window in your home office can go a long way in keeping you warm and cozy in the winter. Window treatments can help the room retain heat, especially if you close the curtains when the sun goes down and we recommend a neutral or sheer window treatment that lets in natural light during the day.

Design an Art Gallery Wall

A gallery wall can really brighten up your office. By displaying your own or your kids’ artwork, you can add a splash of colour and you don’t even have to spend a lot. Grab 4-10 picture frames, depending on your wall space. For a more refined look, find a few sizes of frames in the same finish. For a more eclectic look, use different shapes and colours of frames.

Accessorise with an Electric Fireplace

Adding an electric fireplace to your space has become easier as the size and style of this accessory now varies widely. From small free-standing ones, to one encased in a sideboard with shelving on either side, to corner units, you can find the perfect one to warm up your home office.

Cozy Socks or an Area Rug

Bring comfort and warmth underfoot on chilly days with an area rug that is just a little larger than the size of your desk. For a modern and trendy look, try a bright colour or print. For a classic and elegant look, go with a solid neutral shade. If you prefer a woven rug over a shag, you can always wear a pair of cozy socks to keep your toes toasty.

Fresh Coat of Paint

There’s nothing like freshening up a room with a fresh coat of paint. Who says you have to do it in the spring? Paint colour can make a small space appear even smaller, so for a cozy home office that you want to feel spacious, select a soft colour palette with subtle shades to keep it feeling open and light with a touch of warmth.

Colourful Sofa or Armchair

If you have the space, why not add a comfortable sofa or armchair to your office space? Choose a bold colour, if you dare. It will be the perfect spot to step away from your desk, take a call or catch up on your reading.

Bring Your Own Sunshine

The perfect gift to yourself and your home office is a sun lamp. They don’t take up a lot of room and can help on those dark, dreary winter days when the sun just won’t shine, a sun lamp can help your body make vitamin D and improve your mood.

Fill a Bookshelf

From a small shelf to built-ins along the wall, filling a bookshelf in your home office can make it instantly cozier. By adding some personal touches to the shelves, such as a small plant or a framed inspirational quote, you can create a beautiful library display.

Making Small or Large Design Decisions

With just a few changes, you can make your home office a cozy winter escape. Whether you make small or large design decisions, the impact will be significant in the way your home office can really work for you during the winter – and by making your space warmer and cozier, it will feel like you have your own personal winter escape right in your own home.