You spend a least eight hours a day at your desk, so you might as well make it a space you like. Simple ideas and elevated accessories can transform a bland workspace into one that’s full of personality (without sacrificing function). Whether you work from an office at home or a cubicle in a high rise, these fun styling ideas are sure to liven up you desktop.
Choose an energizing color scheme
Picking a set color scheme will give your desk a polished feel. We went with vibrant bright pink and yellow for our ours, and added in pops of other just-as-bold hues from across the spectrum. We chose everything from office supplies to storage containers with our color palette in mind.
When it comes to your desk, your motto should be, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Make use of drawers for files and documents, and stash away things like binder clips, staples, and flash drives in pretty patterned boxes or storage containers. Starved for space on your desk? Stack boxes of different sizes pyramid style.
We treated our office supplies–an hour glass (old fashioned, but a great tool for staying on task!), a set of floral notecards, and metallic stamp pads–like home accents, arranging them in sets of three to create functional vignettes atop a stack of our favorite coffee table books.
Even when your daily java is coming out of the office coffee machine, a cute cup and saucer–like a gold-trimmed China tea set–makes this most-important morning ritual feel that much more special. Bonus: Bringing in your own mug is less wasteful that using disposable cups every day.
Punchy prints are an easy way to add style to any space, your desk included. We did it by placing a pillow on the back of our chair (this can also help with posture), and setting our laptop on a patterned placement.
The office may be a functional space, but not everything in it needs to serve a purpose. Fresh blooms feel like even more of a luxury at work and add a bit of beauty to your space. Try a tall bud vase in a saturated shade. It fits a single stem and has the beauty of a bouquet, but won’t take up precious real estate on your desk.
To make ours, we used a pin board and added fabric swatches we love, quotes that motivate and make us laugh, photos of friends, magazine cutouts and more. Not only does this create a pretty and uplifting backdrop behind your computer, but it serves a purpose, too: keep a set of brass tacks on your desk so you can easily pin up important notes and to-do lists.