As we increasingly blur the lines between professional and personal time, and more of us work from home – or at least tackle the inbox in our PJs – it makes sense for workspaces to have their moment in the sun as the interior styling star of the room – wherever that room may be.
Boost your motivation, your inspiration, and your mood with these easy ideas to go beyond fluoro lighting and functionality and inject a bit of colour and whimsy into your workspace.
Sure you might need traditional task lighting overhead, but why not add a dashing desk lamp to put the spotlight on style (as well as spreadsheets)?
A simple change such as a swish new chair can add personality and pizazz to an otherwise ordinary workspace, so if you have the option to add additional seating or to move beyond (slightly boring) black – why not pick something that’ll make you smile?
Say it with storage
We’re not saying filing cabinets aren’t useful, but they’re rarely swoon-worthy. Why not incorporate additional study storage in a more modish format – think sideboards, wall shelves, baskets (for your winter lap blankie) and bookshelves that are equal parts fashion and function.
Tick tock – watch the clock
If you’re going to watch the clock when working, it might as well be a good-looking one. A cute clock is a super simple update bound to turn that frown upside down every time you find yourself checking the time.
Books + bold = brilliant
One of the most versatile decorating accessories around, books can make or break a space….no pressure then! Rather than leave them in an unruly pile on your desk, at your feet or stuffed inside a cupboard, bag a pair of brave bookends and show them off. Sure, they might be financial texts or law journals, but squeezed between a pair of quirky bookends, or stacked on a funky shelf, you’ll be surprised how much more stylish they’ll look.
The arty aesthetic
From feature prints to framed photos, mirrors to magazine inspo tacked up with washi tape, adding an artistic visual to your desk zone is a surefire strategy to brighten your mood, as well as your workplace.
Don’t forget the floor….
It’s not all about style you can see, it’s also about style you can feel. Adding a rug underfoot for comfort as well as upping the cool factor is effortless and effective. Go plush or shaggy to add texture to a minimalist zone, or add a riot of colour and pattern to bring a neutral palette to life.
Make space for something you love
Whether it’s a sweet statue, treasured toy, vintage find or dinky decoration, adding something offbeat and personal to your desk will elevate it from workspace to yourspace in an instant.
Desks come out of the dark
No longer hidden in the corner, the latest crop of designer desks goes way beyond being somewhere to pile up papers. From writer’s desk to architect’s tables in glass, chrome, timber, iron and laminate – today’s takes are made for multi-functional modern life.
In fact, the latest crop of designer desks are both pretty and productive, and made for showing off. Homework? Tick. Paying bills? Tick. Working from home? Tick. Online shopping (our favourite, of course)? Tick.
From industrial to mid-century, modern to eclectic, check out our pick of the latest to-die-for desks: