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 nonethele

ss. Of course, 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 to your cubicle 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 cubicle.{found on lovelyscrolling and theeverygirl}.

1. 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.

2. 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. Wicker, paper, or crocheted balls, for example, add a refreshing curve appeal to a space that’s very angular by nature.

3. 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.{found on designlovefest}.

4. 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.{found on sugarandcloth}.

5. 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.

6. 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 otherwise totally cookie cutter cubicle.

7. DIY yourself a desk calendar.

This gorgeous watercolor calendar is a pretty quick DIY project, but the style benefits will last a loooong 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.{found on annabode}.

8. 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.{found on empirella}.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.{found on homeyohmy}.

12. 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.

13. 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…)

14. 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.{found on aroundthekampfire}.

15. 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.

16. 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.{found on myowntwistonthings}.

17. 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.

18. 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.{found on lovepluscolor}.

19. 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.

20. 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 cubicle space.{found on homeandfabulous}.

21. Craft a wooden pencil holder

If you do the type of work that requires you to use various types of pens and pencils and other writing supplies or if you simply like having some handy on your desk, you might also enjoy making your own custom pencil holder from scratch. This one has a simple and fairly rustic design and it’s really easy to make.

22. Add a bit of glitz and glamour to your accessories

Granted there’s not a lot of room to work with when you have only a cubicle as your workspace but you can make the most of what you have. Those few decorations and accessories that you do have space with can look as stylish as possible. That brings us to this gilded pencil holder which we think looks rather chic.

23. Have fun with custom bookends

Regular bookends are surely practical because they fulfill their purpose but they can often lack character. A fun little idea can be to make custom ones out of unusual supplies like toys for instance. Make DIY bookends that put a smile on your face and give you fun days at work.

24. Keep your magazines on a stylish rack

This copper pipe magazine rack is something that you can add to your home but also to your workspace if you enjoy reading magazines or checking out catalogues every once in a while. This rack can also be used for other things like possibly for books or documents. It’s really easy to make and a lot more versatile than it initially lets you believe.

25. Store and hide small things in beautiful boxes

Using boxes for storage is very practical. You can use these to organize your pantry, to keep your garage tidy or on a smaller scale to keep a clean desk. Put all the knick-knacks in a few boxes and decorate them so they don’t make your workspace look ugly. You can quickly and easily do that with spray paint.

26. Keep your personal items in a cute desk tray

This is not actually a tray but a leather catchall and they’re pretty much the same thing except for some aesthetic details. This is like a pocket, a little thing to put all your personal items in when you arrive at work and then easily find and take them with you when you leave for the day. It can hold things like your phone, keys, sunglasses and so on.

27. Hang some jars up on a wall

It’s no secret that glass jars can be repurposed in all sorts of cool and convenient ways but have you ever thought of using some to make something for your cubicle or your office? If you simply take a jar and put it on your desk it doesn’t really look nice but if you take two or three and attach them to a piece and wood then hang the whole thing up on a wall, it’s a whole different story.

28. Hang some slender floating shelves

There may not be enough space in your cubicle for regular shelves but you could probably fit in one or two of these super sleek and slender floating shelves since they don’t stick out as much. These can give you a little space like a ledge where you can display some favorite photos, maybe a few books or devices and so on.

29. Add some color to the walls with string

Isn’t this string wall hanging piece really cute? It’d not meant to have a very specific design. It’s just a little something that can brighten up the space and add some color to it. If you want to make something similar you can even customize it with your own favorite colors.

30. Decorate the desk with a cute etched glass vase

Since you probably don’t want to take up too much space with this, it would be best to use a small vase or even a glass for this project. Anything that’s made of clear glass would basically work. The trick is to use etching cream and masking tape to give it a stylish makeover. You can then put some lovely flowers in it or use it as a candle votive or maybe even a pencil holder.

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