Displaying Diplomas in Your Home Office: Tacky or Tasteful?

Displaying Diplomas in Your Home Office: Tacky or Tasteful?

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Taryn Williford
Jun 22, 2011

You slaved away for four years (or slacked for five or six), so you deserve to show off that very expensive piece of paper you're probably still trying to pay for. But we've heard through the grapevine more than once that tacking it up in your home office can seem tacky. What do you think?

On one hand, if you're not a doctor or lawyer, you probably don't have to prove your credentials on a daily basis. It's not like your clients are storming into your home office, demanding that you show them your graphic design diploma. Could doing so be deemed a little pretentious and tacky?

On the other hand, you earned that degree. It's also likely that no piece of art in your entire apartment even comes close to how much that embossed piece of paper cost you. It's a reminder of great times and the fact that you really do know what you're doing (a sometimes necessary affirmation when you're working at wits end).

Our consensus? Display that diploma! You can do it without looking like a lawyer. Couple your framed degree up with a bunch of other framed artwork and prints, or just display it in a vignette on a bookcase or shelf. We love the way both of the offices featured in this post handled it.


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