7 Ways to Make Work a Little More
Like Home

Here on Apartment Therapy we are always finding new ways to make your home a lovelier and happier place. Well, let's switch it up for a bit and focus on a place where you probably spend as much (maybe even more!) time than you do at home… work.

I have always decorated the space I worked in (note: I work in a creative field), because if I spent all my time in a place that was empty and generic for 8-plus hours a day it would make my work day exponentially worse. Making my work place my own has always created a kind of second home for me — a place I could retreat, feel comfortable and get into my zone much more efficiently.

If you work full-time, you are most likely spending a large portion of your day in your workspace. If so, stop and think about what your space looks like. Are you in a cubicle with 2-3 grey walls? Are you in a stark white office with no decor and no personality? Is your desk full of work stuff and nothing else? If the answer is yes, I think it may be time for a change.

Here are some tips to get started (assuming your work allows it):

Frames: If you have real walls, go out and get some art, frame it, and get it up. Buy something that makes you smile, puts you in a good mood, and inspires you.

Lighting: Can you bring your own lamp? Creating your own lighting and getting out of the glare of the overhead fluorescents can change your world instantly.

A Rug: Do you have room for a small rug? Even if it's under your chair or desk, you will see it and know it's there.

Walls: Do you have space to 'faux wallpaper' your cubicle walls with images, fabric or nice paper?

Flowers/Plant: A real or fake plant (depending on work policies) will give you a little glimpse of the outside world.

Accessories: Bring in a cool vase or cup to put your pens in. Head to the thrift store and find something fun and small to put on your desk.

Color: If you are in a very neutral setting, add some color. Something that makes you happy and will brighten your day.

Or take a cue from one of the inspiring offices shown above:
1. The offices of Refinery29, via Design*Sponge.
2. Biketopus
3. Jen On The Edge
4. Cube Chic

(Images: as credited above)

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.