Interior Ideas to Make Your Office Style Work as Hard as You Do in 2017
As the year kicks off its also important we make our work space work too, as a top 10 interior designer in Lagos Nigeria I have taken out time to recommend 20 ideas that would work for your office cubicle. A wise person once said, “They can take the cubicle out of your home, but you don’t have to let them take your home out of the cubicle.” Okay, maybe no one ever really said that, but it’s true nonetheless. Of course, As an interior designer I always encourage my clients to give their best and create a good working environment for their staffs because when you’re at work you’re focused on working. But there’s something about working in a beautiful, comfortable space that’s both refreshing and important.
Why not bring a little of your décor style as well? It’ll also create a positive energy flow where creativity and productivity abound – that’s a win-win! Here are 20 great ideas for decorating your cubic.
- Add a lamp.
It’s no surprise that lamps reign pretty supreme in the electrical-light ambiance factor. Just because your cubicle probably resides under the fluorescents doesn’t mean you have to, too. Even when the office overhead lights are on, you can turn on your cubicle lamp and feel an immediate change with its warmer lumens.
- Designate a shelf for décor.
If you have the space, it doesn’t hurt to forgo the massive binders and reference books for a softer, more aesthetic shelf resident. Crocheted balls work good for such shelves and are affordable at furniture showrooms like Simplinteriors & Decor, for example, add a refreshing curve appeal to a space that’s very angular by nature.
- Paint an unexpected object.
If you’ve got a few reference books that must be out on your desk at all times, it never hurts to create a charming frame for those books, right? Pick out some largish rocks and spray paint them gold for some wonderfully unique, colorful, and dare I say chic bookends? The easiest DIY ever, it’ll have a huge impact on your cubicle décor.
- Bring in fresh flowers.
While they won’t last forever, fresh blooms add instant beautification to a drab office cubicle. Make it a habit to change them out every week, like grab a fresh bunch every Monday on your way to the office. They not only look fresh and pretty, but they smell great and are a definite mood-lifter.
- Throw in a throw pillow.
Your sofa isn’t the only place that could use a throw pillow. Especially around 3 pm, when you’ve been sitting at your desk all day, a little extra back support or adjustment is never a bad thing! Plus, a throw pillow allows you to introduce some fun prints and patterns into an otherwise function-loaded space.
- Choose a color scheme…and go nuts.
Your cubicle bones are likely the neutral-est of the neutrals, which is as boring as can be if left alone but as perfect as can be if you want to incorporate your own décor color scheme into your cubicle. Which, of course, you do. Yellow, white, and grey add a cohesive, personality-filled vibe to this. As an interior designer in Nigeria & also a lecturer in interior design i teach my students the importance of a colour wheel as it would guide one to use the right colour for a space.
- DIY yourself a desk calendar.
This gorgeous watercolor calendar is a pretty quick DIY project, but the style benefits will last a long time. Using a small wooden box turned on its side, attach some brass hooks. Paint watercolor ombre on some cardstock tags, and use vinyl letters and numbers for the date. Not only will you keep on top of your appointments, but you’ll do so in a beautiful way
- Hang framed art.
When you spend more time in your cubicle than you do in your home, you’re going to need some inspiring, pretty items to gaze upon throughout your day. Choose a variety of sizes of simple, contemporary frames, and fill them with artwork that you love. This not only hides those unsightly connector lines that many cubicles have, but it provides you a visual escape when you need it.
- Incorporate colorful accessories.
To keep your enthusiasm and energy levels up throughout the day, a boldly colorful accessory or two might be just the boost you need. Take this cobalt blue pen holder, for example. It’s a simple, modern piece that takes up very little desk space but provides a jolt of décor appeal…especially when paired with a red task lamp and natural bamboo stalks.
- Use pegboard.
Pegboard organization isn’t just for garage tools – it makes a fantastic cubicle decoration as well. And it’s as attractive as can be! As cubicles aren’t typically large-real-estate workspaces, anything that can double as décor AND a great use of vertical space is something to consider.
- Hang some favorite photos.
Of course, you could always pin your favorite photos to your cubicle wall, but where’s the joy (or the style) in that? Instead, hang a wire “clothesline” across the top of your workspace (but high enough that it doesn’t cover your computer monitor) and use clothespins to attach your photos. These are easy to change out when you want, or you can keep them around forever to make your cubicle a happy place.
- Choose a stylish tray to keep things organized.
A tray is completely useful in helping to keep a desktop organized – there’s something about those boundaries that helps almost everyone contain (or clear!) the clutter. So be organized AND stylish at the same time by choosing a tray that is as pretty as it is useful.
- Use everyday items as decoration.
This idea combines form and function beautifully. Why waste precious cubicle drawer space on items that look inviting as “cubicle art”? Organize those markers and hang them from the wall, right next to the scissors and tape. Not only is this type of décor likely to induce creativity, but it also keeps everyday items within easy reach. (Now if only Bob in the cubicle next door would stop stealing your sharpies…
- Create eye-catching office supply storage.
Pretty much anything on a pedestal is awesome, right? So let’s make your paper clips awesome by putting them up there, too! Gather a few pint-sized mason jars and dollar-store candlesticks, glue them together, and viola! Glammed up office supplies. Spray paint the jar lids for maximum color coordination, if that makes your heart happy
- Bring in a chair with personality!
If there’s a color that just brings you joy, or a sport, or a theme of some sort that really transports you into a happy place, find a chair that resembles that color or theme and bring it to work! Your cubicle will be instantly transformed, particularly because the office chair is a larger visual item than almost anything else.
- Trim with washi tape.
Washi tape has so many uses, but ultimately the goal with washi tape seems to be to make things look better and more personable. So it follows that its use would work excellently in your cubicle! Trim out your filing cabinet, or the top of your desk, or even around upper cubicle cupboards…anywhere, really, where a little color and pattern might give you a visual and mental boost.
- Hang a picture (or three) of your favorite people, places, or things.
Having a poster or picture that’s easily visible, multiple times a day, relaxes the mind and bring greater satisfaction and happiness during the work day. Just like at home, when you hang artwork that you love, a cubicle definitely benefits from artistic and/or photographic inspiration.
- Create your own mini geo planters.
Succulents are excellent office plants, because they can adapt to low light and require little maintenance. They also are a perfect plant for displaying your mad DIY skills – namely, creating these fantastic geo planters. Because desktop space in a cubicle can come at a premium, these mini-sized pieces pack a lovely visual and “homey” punch without sacrificing work space.
- Install organizing bins to your wall.
This is an excellent use of vertical space, and it also makes your desk look chic and stay organized. If you aren’t allowed or able to attach bins directly to your cubicle walls, consider using these bins in the corner of your desk, where they can still be seen and accessed but aren’t in the way.
- Hang wallpaper.
Of course, it might not be *actual* wallpaper that you’re hanging. You could staple up wrapping paper, or pin up drapery or upholstery fabric to achieve the same look. But the end result is a customized, personality-filled interior space which would help your work space look beautiful and warm.