Decorating the Office
Decorating the Office
It finally happened! After working your butt off for years, you have finally earned that big promotion you’ve been coveting since the day you first chose your major in college. And with that promotion comes plenty of perks, including an office with a view.
Prior to now, you’ve worked in cubicles, from home, or in small offices that you wouldn’t necessarily want to show off. But starting next week, you get a space of your own with your name on the door and the promise of plenty of meetings and interviews being hosted right at your desk. If you’re lucky, you may even be granted a small stipend for decorating – but either way, making this space your own is now a priority.
How does one even begin to decorate their office, though?
It’s important to remember that your office is going to be the professional reflection of you, so streamlining your personal tastes into something that won’t be overly distracting or outlandish to others is necessary. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still infuse a bit of your personality into your décor. Starting with pictures.
Photos can be a great conversation starter and way to invite your co-workers and superiors into a small, carefully selected, piece of your life. You may want to display that wedding photo that always makes you smile, or a picture of your kids after swim lessons (shown below). Depending on how much wall space you have, you could blow up a few more artistic images to brighten up the areas not lined by windows. And placing a picture or two on your desk or bookshelf can also be a good idea.
You can always select a few pieces of art that aren’t personal photographs as well. Basing your artistic choices around your career path is always a smart idea. For instance, if you work largely with a specific culture – utilizing pieces from that culture can endear you to your clients. And if you work in marketing or publishing, modern pieces or those relating to pop culture can catch the eye of those most likely to be entering your office.
From there, pay attention to how some of your co-workers have decorated their space, as there may be some things that are customary for everyone in the office. For instance, some companies may prefer to have you display your degree in a prominent location, whereas others may have rules about what you put up on your walls. You absolutely want to maintain a professional atmosphere, and gauging how others have done that within your corporation can help you to gain a better idea of how to accomplish the same for your own space.
If you get a say in your furnishings, wood and stainless steel materials tend to be sleek and professional. A desk that provides plenty of space and storage is always important, and testing out chairs for optimal comfort is advisable – after all, you are going to be spending a lot of time sitting right there.
But it is the amount of time you will be spending in your office that is exactly why paying attention to the details of decorating is so important. You want this to be a space you will feel comfortable working and happy to be. Sure, it can take a little extra effort to make it a comforting environment, but by selecting elements that will make the space feel like your own, you’ll find you are more excited about the time you do have to spend at work.
And perhaps more importantly, you’ll be creating a warm environment that co-workers and clients will be comfortable in as well.