Steal These 10 Things From Home to Transform Your Office Workspace
Cubicle life doesn't have to be devoid of good design.
Whether you have your own office or are a member of the cubicle community, you spend a lot of time at work, so don’t overlook your workspace as a place for great design potential.
Here are ten things you can steal from home that will add some character to your office (and keep your wallet happy, too.)
Office lighting can be dull especially if you aren’t close to a window that lets in natural light. Bring a decorative lamp from home and brighten things up. It’s a great way to provide extra light and it adds a personal touch. Bonus points if the lamp is colorful, too! (Nothing like a bright pop to dress up greige cubicle walls.)
Modern White Home Office With Bold Red Desk Chairs
Bold red desk chairs bring a fresh splash of color to this white modern home office. A striped rug adds texture to the space, while subtle artwork makes the room feel welcoming.
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Even if you have just a little floor space, adding a patterned area rug is a fun way to give your office some energy.
Books & Journals
Not every book is worthy of display on your smartly styled bookshelf. Wrap those not-so-cute (or guilty pleasure) hardcovers in vibrant papers for a bit of colorful eye candy.
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Make some space for a few of your favorite books and journals and prop them up with a bookend. Not only can decorative journals add a little visual glam, they offer an organized way to jot down ideas and tasks so you can get rid of messy sticky notes and basic notepads.
Bring in some of your favorite prints and pin them on the wall. If you want to get extra creative with it, use twine and clothespins to hang your prints.
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I have a problem of buying too many cute glasses and then running out of kitchen storage. If you're like me, here’s an easy solution: Take them to work and use them to hold everyday office supplies.
Simple Decorations Add Practical Style for a Lived-In Look
It's important to make a workstation feel personal and lived-in so you'll be drawn to the space when it's time to tackle business. Keep the overall look simple using stacks of books as risers to display happy items like fresh cut flowers, then layer in framed photos of loved ones and shared memories.
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I’m sure we all have a couple of our favorite photos displayed somewhere in our office space. Instead of a cluttered picture wall, give your photos some love and attention and put them in decorative frames.
I am a snacker. In fact, I have an entire drawer at work for my snacks. If you also get the work munchies, here is a creative way to store your favorite treats: Rummage through your kitchen, collect all those miscellaneous jars and pack them with snacks. Paint on chalkboard tags to keep them organized.
Bring life into your workspace, literally. Succulents and terrariums are great and space-friendly ways to bring the outdoors inside. While you might not have any extra terrariums lying around, there are tons of easy ways to make your own at home.
With technology these days, we don’t really need a tangible calendar. However, displaying a calendar with a cute print can add some charm to that blank wall or desk space.
If you have an abundance of photos you want to show off at work but have little space for them, consider a photo bunting banner. It’s small, dainty and easy to hang up anywhere in your office.
Consider picking a printer stand that incorporates closed storage. This lets you create an organized printing station. You’ll want space for extra paper, new ink cartridges and old cartridges ready to be recycled. Get more home office organizing tips. Get more tips for creating a home office printer station.
Paper is the biggest organizing challenge in most offices. Make sure you have one designated location for all incoming papers that need your attention. A second tray is helpful for items that no longer need action but need to be filed. Just make sure to set aside time to file each week.
Open + Closed Storage
Look for bookcases that provide a combination of open and closed storage. The open area helps the room feel larger and provides easy access to books, while doors and drawers hide items that could make the space look cluttered. See this home office before and after.
Much like papers need an inbox, magazines and catalogs need an assigned location to prevent them from cluttering up the office. Use a pretty magazine file to gather incoming unread magazines. When you need a break, you’ll know where to find the latest issue. Get more desk organizing tips.