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Can a Cubicle Be Cute?

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Amy asks: I work an 8-5 job. So I’m spending most of my time in my cubicle. Do you have any tips on how to spruce up my office space?

My answer: This is such a good question, Amy! Most people lose sight of the fact that they spend almost as much time in the office as they do at home, so they should put in the effort to make it just as nuanced and individual to their tastes and needs as anywhere else! The key here, obviously, is that you have to think small but impactful. The fundamental structure of a cubicle is pretty non-negotiable and any changes that are too loud or imposing aren’t appropriate for work. But! I think I have just the things to help you make your office officially incredible.
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  • Bring the outside in: A trick I use a lot in interior design and decorating is adding plants. You’d be amazed at what a pop of green can do to make your cubicle feel more like a thought-out, home-like space. Succulents and air plants are amazing go-tos because they’re easy to keep alive (and can be kept in ridiculously cute little pots), but keeping a vase of fresh flowers on your desk that you switch out every week also gives your desk a luxe vibe that’s hard to deny.
  • Make smart substitutions: A tufted chair or antique wood desk might be big switches to make, but there’s no rule (unless your company truly hates nonconformists) that you can’t bring in a chic and modern table lamp to replace your utilitarian model. Similarly, mounting a studded burlap pin board over the soft grey sides of your cubicle can make so much impact for almost no sacrifice!
  • Let art play a part: One of the quickest and most impactful ways to imbue your space with personality is by putting up a piece of art that you really love. Instead of seeking motivational posters that I’ve seen in many an office space, spend time finding a more abstract or aesthetic piece that really speaks to the mood you’d like to establish within your walls. Often, also, setting up a piece of art can help establish a color scheme that you can carry on through the rest of your space. *See the above board how the colors in the Tiger art are repeated in the accessories to make the board feel cohesive.
  • Treat yourself: A new backpack or bag for your tech will look amazing draped over your chair, a cute pen will make you feel more excited to take notes in that meeting, a cheeky mug will make the morning line for the coffee machine more bearable. Surround yourself with little things that you don’t need but you like. Things that make you excited. Things that can be rotated in and out, or replaced. So much of making a space feel lived-in are the tiny details, so don’t skimp on the desk candy!

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