decorate: your cubicle
My sister emailed me and said I should do a post on how to decorate cubicles because she works out of one as do many of you…I assume. Cubicles are usually tragically plain with grey walls and basic desks and chairs. The square footage is small but totally work-able to infuse some design elements – also see Decorating Small Spaces. The key is picking a color palette and sticking to it. Use things that can provide ambiance, like a lamp or organization, like a tray. Organic elements like plants and flowers go a long way in a stark office. Here are some of my favorite cubicle design ideas to help you, (sorry I have to do it) think outside the box!!!
- An actual lamp with a shade can bring incredible warmth to the space as well as framed photos or art and a patterned cushion or cover for your desk chair. Notice in the above photo that the frames are filled with printed paper (or fabric) which creates a fun tiled effect and brings in more prints and color in a controlled way. If you can’t hammer nails in your cubicle, use things like Command Strips which are nail-free but nice and strong – I used them in my DIY Dorm Room Decor video.
- Bring in other real things like real books and vases with fresh flowers(that you change weekly). Use the back of your cubicle as an inspiration board to tack up images you like but make sure you use large images or tack them close together so they don’t look flimsy… fill it up!
- Plants can do wonders for any interior space, especially a sparse cubicle. Bring in plants that are suited to the sunlight in or around your cubicle. Succulents are a great option in fun pots and for more info see Hard To Kill Houseplants.
- A clear or metal tray with books and glamourous decor details can add so much! Yet again, fresh flowers!
- Large scale art split into smaller frames like the above map, cut up and framed in lightweight 8″ x 10″ frames and hung on the wall with command strips or velcro, etc.
- Then you could just go totally nuts and wrap everything in newspaper, sit in a hammock, line your walls with snakeskin or suspend a chandelier… hmmmm #whynot?
- And if these ideas aren’t enough, apparently there is a book called Cube Chic by Kelly Moore!