I believe in a 3-step formula for setting up the perfect home workspace. First and foremost is a thoughtful flow, complete with well-placed storage cabinets, ample outlets, and organizational trays. Then there’s the all-important personal touch. But the third element is more elusive. It relies on the kind of exuberance that keeps even the most intensive setups from getting old. One of the best ways to enhance the atmosphere of your office is to switch things up with cool office desk decorating ideas.
It may be easy to replace, but each element of your new office is worth considering. I scoured the internet for baskets, lamps and catchalls with stories to help me find new desk accessories.
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15 office desk decorating ideas to spruce up your workspace in 2023
Citizenly’s gorgeous products are made all over the world. Crafted in Pune, India by his group of 35 artisans, these gorgeous brass bookends add an air of effortless cool to your desktop collection.
neat desk lamp
San Francisco-based lighting brand Gantri uses 3D printing technology to work with artists and creators to create affordable, unique and modern lighting (using plant-based materials).
stylish and stationery
Storing pencils, scissors and more becomes much more elegant with this elegant brass pencil holder from Ferm Living.
turn books into art
Stack the books straight up or offset the rotatable shelves to make it a little more tree-like. Afteroom’s best-selling bookshelf (available in a variety of mod colors) adds a clean, whimsical touch to any office space. or small.
Add Reed Diffuser…
This Austin-based company partners with local florists to sell naturally dried flowers in therapeutic scents that are perfect to spice up your home office space instead of candles.
…or choose an incense
If you prefer the uplifting rush of incense to the slow burning of a reed diffuser, consider a base that doubles as a chic desktop accessory.
Thanks to UK-based Cambridge Imprint’s talented illustrators and stationers, your trusty organization no longer needs to disrupt the aesthetic flow of your desk.
depth and display
There’s nothing quite like a vase that is sculptural enough to stand on its own, with or without the addition of greenery. Handcrafted in Mexico, the Caza Zuma aesthetic is understated yet visually striking.
With a sleek sliding store, this petite beauty from Kartell packs style and storage.
we love story and friendship Behind Ecru’s luxury homewares, which recently started shipping to the US The Jaipur-based brand’s small star-shaped catchalls feature a variety of natural stones.
stand on the witness stand
This contemporary-style stand looks far more expensive than it actually is, blending form, function, and paper without slump.
rethink the catch-all
This gold-rimmed tray from British brand Dar Leone is a reimagining of traditional West African textiles that looks like a true vintage treasure.
vibrant real estate
As much as I love Eva Sonaike’s energetic West African-inspired textiles, I love the idea of colorful poufs adding square feet of tabletop space.
Inspired by the canyons of Malibu, these glazed stoneware bowls double as rustic catchalls when lined up on your desk.
turn walls into storage
Get organized with this angular untreated oak wall hanging with 8 removable pockets.
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