If you have an office, you probably spend a fair amount of time in it. Therefore, it should be somewhat of a haven for you – it should be a place that you don’t mind or that you actually even like being in. The color on the walls should make you happy and comfortable. And don’t be afraid to add an “s” to the word color – step it up and do an accent wall! Decorate with things and photos that make you happy and calm you down – reflect a bit of your personality. The people who see your office will get a little glimpse into who you are and what you enjoy. This is not just for you – it is actually a nice icebreaker for visitors as it gives them something to comment on right away thereby calming THEM down! Don’t be afraid to put silly things on shelves – it doesn’t hurt to crack yourself up once in awhile.
Decorating can be expensive but certainly doesn’t need to be. The office this article references cost just around $100 (with an accent wall add about $25-$40 if you paint it yourself). Stop into a Marshall’s or TJ Maxx, or discount store. It might take a few visits to finally see something you like, but once you find the first item others will follow quickly. Be patient and hold out for things that you really like and be O.K. with stopping into the stores often until you see something that you want.
Plants add a homey feel. Shelves add an appealing, dimensional aspect. Tall things in the corner add balance. Framed certificates add professional credibility. Family photos reflect your humanity. If money is no object, hire a professional decorator to take care of it for you. They will spend the time to get to know a bit about you, then do all the shopping and labor. Either way, one day you will go to work and walk into an office that you love!