Some office spaces are just plain, uninspiring, and mind-numbingly dull. Fortunately, you can remedy that by decorating your personal desk space. Energize and brighten up your office with cute accessories and tiny trinkets. Not only will it bring some color to your boring desk space or cubicle, but it’s sure to show your personality to your coworkers and lend a more comfortable, homey feel you’re happy to arrive at each morning. What are you waiting for? The next time you punch in, make your desk your own with some cute accessories! Here are some easy steps and clever tips on how to decorate your desk space at work.
Choose a Theme
When it comes to decorating your desk, first things first: Choose a theme. Soften the area with feminine touches and cute accessories that have a common, cohesive theme. Color plays a large part in your theme too. Especially because you want to liven up those neutrals and grays, think of your cubicle as the foundation in which to add some accents colors.
Hang and Display Photos
Photos of family, friends, and pets add a nice touch to your desk space. You can clip them onto fairy lights strung over your workspace or place in a few various-shaped frames to lean on a shelf. And it doesn’t have to be people, either! Find a quote that drives you to work hard or a far-off destination that motivates you to make it till the weekend or vacation.
Bring in a Catchall Tray
Keep your notepads, paperclips, and stapler organized and on a stylish tray. Make it woven rattan to bring a country charm or faux leather-wrapped for a glamorous touch. Inside the tray, leave space for a few more items to complete the look. Store thumbtacks and paper clips in separate small bowls. And keep a pencil holder with a collection of your favorite pens too. You can also utilize the tray as a personal space, designating it as the go-to spot to place your lunch tote, planner, and coffee mug each day.
Decorate Your Shelves
Place some decorative objects and tiny trinkets on bookshelves or a cubicle shelf. Reflect your personality with cute accessories. You can even use shelves to display photos too. From functional file storage to big and bold sculptures, there’s really no end to possible ideas! The point is to express yourself and make your desk space feel more personalized.
Illuminate with a Desk Lamp
Add a table lamp or accent lamp to soften and dress up a corner. It’s sure to add some warmth to your desk space, but it will also add just the right amount of ambiance to balance out the garish overhead fluorescents. You can even use a warm temperature LED light to save energy. A lamp can also pull together your theme and color through its base or shade. Consider something with some multi-functional features, such as an extendable or rotatable neck. Even if you have minimal desk space, you can always use a clip-on lamp to add just a pop of color and illumination.
Add Some Greenery
Plants make great decor. You can also bring a few sprigs of flowers, picked from your garden or bought at the market, and place them in a small vase. They look gorgeous while lending a lovely scent. Potted plants are a wonderful way to add some greenery. Choose a hardier plant that’s low-maintenance and requires low to moderate sunlight. The perfect plant for your desk space could be a snake plant, English ivy, or philodendron. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, the simple addition of a silk flower bouquet or tiny faux succulents is enough to add some much-needed life to a desk space.
Sip from Fun, Personalized Mugs
Whether you’re a coffee drinker or tea drinker, a fun, personalized mug is an excellent way to express your personality. Better yet, keep a collection to rotate to whatever suits your mood. Bring in a mug that tells the world (or, at least, the office) who you are. Even showcase your name, so it’s never lost and only used by you.
Attach Magnets and Push Pins
Use some cute magnets and push pins with inspirational messages and photos on bulletin boards. There are many places around your desk space where you can attach a magnet or two, especially in metal cubicles. Think file cabinets, whiteboards, metal shelves, and even the door to your office. If you have a bulletin board, pick up some decorative thumbtacks or push pins. There is an endless amount of push pins from those with heads featuring animal heads to bright colors and shiny metallics.
Use Decorative Bookends
Hold up files and binders with decorative bookends. It can be almost anything, so long as it’s heavy and supports the weight. You can use anything from colorful geodes to that potted plant or flower vase you added. Also, consider decorating what you already have. Most offices lend out industrial metal bookends that can hold a magnet. This is a very budget-friendly option, costing only a few bucks for a fun magnet, and it is super utilitarian!
Liven Up Your Stationery
Bulk office supplies are pretty basic, so why not liven up your pens and notepads as well? You can find a variety of pencils and pens in fun colors and some cute illustrated stationery. Keep organized while adding some decor to your desk space too! Think calendars or planners that coordinate with your workspace but also remind you of important events, meetings, and coworker birthdays.
Drape a Throw over the Office Chair
Your office chair might provide the proper ergonomic support, but it’s not doing much for your office space aesthetically. Not to mention, most offices are kept at lower temperatures and can sometimes get quite cold. One tip? Drape a decorative throw or chunky knit blanket over your office chair to make your desk space look cozier and provide some warmth during chilly office hours.