Your desk working area is the first thing visitors notice when they enter your cubicle. This is because there is usually nothing on your wall or floor to draw their interest. The biggest attraction is your computer display. I assume you have a laptop with an external monitor and it is glowing and might have a hypnotic screen saver. This is not noticed on walk-byes unless there is something unusual to see.
Clutter attracts negative attention. Artfulness, cleverness, and taste will elevate you in your cubisphere (your co-workers living and working in adjacent office cubicles.)
The desktop then, is the stage with actors, costumes and props.
Feng Shui – In office Feng Shui you are supposed to face the door and have earth, plants and water represented on your desk. To avoid clutter and your desk should be limited to nine objects on it. My answer:
“Keep your eye on the ball. Keep a stiff upper lip. Keep your nose to the grindstone, Keep only nine objects on your desktop. – Now try to work in a cubicle under those conditions!”
– Uncle John
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The Catalog of Possibilities:
In shopping for accents remember, fewer is better. So, here are a few desk accents for your consideration:
Easy Stick Desk Covering
Because everyone in your cube farm has the same color Formica on their desktop doesn’t mean you have to. Dream Cubicle has an easy and inexpensive solution to covering your workspace with wood or marble.
Simply cleaning off your desk and resurfacing it could be considered a cubicle makeover. Check out your design choices of CUBICLE DESKTOPS.
A quality desk set is both functional and decorative. It can be trimmed in leather or wood. This is a classy framework for writing and storage. When you put pencil or pen to paper, you can appreciate a cushion beneath your writing surface. It is almost a complete makeover in one fell swoop.
Charge your Cellphone
This is an example of function following form.
A Breath of Fresh Air:
Natural Air Filtering
It is rather expensive and the advantage is a low footprint.
There is a less expensive solution with Spider Plants and a decorative desk fan:
Air Cleaning Plants
Spider Plants look good on a cubicle desk and they filter out office pollutants such as cigarette smoke, cologne, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. It will thrive in artificial lighting . They do best with a little indirect sunlight.
In appreciation for being fed these annoying pollutants these plants will emit Oxygen.
Are you bothered by the electronic smell of the office. Fight Back.
Decorative Desk Fan
Your fan should have decorative value. You could opt for a figurine fan!
There are some fun choices ahead when choosing a fan.
These fans can harmonize with the rest of your decor or become the start of a theme.
A hand carved wooden model speaks of craftsmanship and will blend into any wood decor. The choice of a unique aircraft, automobile or ship expresses appreciation for the technology and art.
They look great on your desktop.
Behind the magic a secret iron disk that you can set anything upon.
Floating a desk model above your desk creates a focal point of your decor. It is more than an accent, it is an attraction delighting all. It is pure magic.
Let There be Lighting Accents:
You certainly do not need a table lamp in your cubicle. You have all the fluorescent lighting that you could ever use. You have a bland and sterile wash of light that casts no shadows. The accent a decorative lamp provides a homelike atmosphere. They are also pretty and they glow.
(Consider this lamp harmonizing with a John Wayne Theme)
You can’t have a real candle because of the risk of fire or the scented wax irritating your neighbors. These LED candles are amazingly real without heat or odor.
Art Mini Windows
These stained glass windows in miniature make a stunning and artistic display. They are absolutely stunning. It is hung from a brass frame and is illuminated by a candelabra bulb. Place it next to a desktop plant and you create a cordial grouping.
A plant from your local nursery and a mini-window alone, added to a bare cubicle could be considered a makeover.
You aren’t a clock watcher and you have a clock on your wrist and on your computer. occasionally you glance away from your screen and a these desk clock accents will give you time and appreciation of art and design.
Make sure your clock accent pairs nicely with your chosen cubicle theme.
Smiles, Inspiration and Awe in a Small Package:
Who could be sad and gloomy after glancing at this Eor porcelain statuette (Christopher Robin named his toy Eeyore but the old grey stuffed donkey spelled it Eor.) His job was to be pessimistic and remorseful so we wouldn’t have to be. Your visitors will focus on this figurine and say, “Awwwww.”
Characters from fiction, mythology, or the media are fair game for figurine choices.
Soft and Cute
Bringing your pet from home is not allowed in the office. But, a soft and plush toy might be the solution to your need to pet something from time to time. This pet could be under your desk where a live pet would sleep, but then you would have to bend over to pet it. Put it in the corner.
Visitors will give these cuties a second look.
A coffee mug is larger by a factor of two than a cup. Mugs are less formal and do not require a saucer. Bone China is elegant and plastic is mundane. Paper is so McDonald’s!
I know you like to sip a cup of coffee or tea in your cubicle. As you savor the aroma and take a sip you realize the slight aftertaste of paper, plastic and glue.
This is why in Europe (or California), they do not serve wine in paper or plastic cups.
Do not mar your cubicle decor with paper coffee cups. Enjoy your brewed drink in a proper cup. Be civilized.
Make sure you complement your mug or cup with a decorative saucer or coaster.
Flowers and Plants
Real flowers and plants are a commitment. You must keep them watered, fed and trimmed. They will pay you back by providing a splash of color and will let you bring nature into your workspace. The air will actually be fresher. If your plants are happy, you will be happy.
A bed of brown dried out flowers are depressing and send your visitors a negative image. Picture an aquarium on your desk half full of stagnant water. There is algae on the sides and it has dead fauna on the bottom. The surface is covered with dead floating fish. This is a disgusting sign for your visitors and passers by.
They are beautiful and mysterious as well. They get watered through the air in humid areas like the rain forests.They can be live or silk replicas. I recommend live as they will provide a natural setting. You will have to get a mister and plant food, but these plants are low maintenance.
Air Plants are a great office hobby.
Ask for plants that will survive without hardly any sunlight.
They must be indoor and tabletop size. Most vines like Ivy want to climb and will find it impossible to climb fabric walls.
You can also purchase a small fan trellis and rest it on your desk. Anchor it at the top of your cubicle railing about an inch away from the wall. As your climbing plant wants to spread, hang wires from the top and let them gently support the vines.
Some offices, however, do not allow you to have live plants in your cubicle. So,… The solution a silk flower or plant.
Silk plants don’t require watering, fertilizers or insecticide. They require little maintenance and visitors will reach over to touch them to see if they are real. Good ones are expensive but will last forever. (Have a feather duster handy)
Real plants provide fresher air and a feeling that you are nurturing them. Silk plants don’t wilt.
My shopping categories provide both.
I don’t think anyone will complain. If they do, buy silk flowers. They are hard to distinguish from the real thing. The secret is to put them in a harmonizing vase.
Stone and Water
The background sound of soft burbling will soothe your nerves and make work a happier experience.
In Feng Shui a desktop fountain fulfills the earth and water elements that need to be present in a cubicle.
As long as there are letters, we might as well open them with style. You may keep your letter opener in your drawer or, if it is decorative, flaunt it on your desktop.
As we get older it is harder to see detail on paper. As the price of paper goes up the print gets smaller and harder to see. I believe if there is fine print it is something the writer doesn’t want us to see. It is bad for me and good for the writer.
Fight back with a desktop magnifying glass. It can be a desk accent long after the demise of paper.
Where else would you store those lucky pennies you find. (The ones that are “heads up” are extra powerful)This is not for saving money it is for tricking out your desk and having good luck while doing it.
The Harley Davidson porcelain figurine is not actually a “piggy” bank, but a “hawg” bank.
Staples are irritating. If you try to remove them without a specialized tool, they can draw blood. You can keep a cheap one in your drawer and sneak it out when you need it, or you can have an artwork on your desk that performs de-stapling well.
This goes well with a matching pen holder or an Art Deco theme.
Places Where Things Belong
The Art Deco pen statue and the pen are at one with themselves. If the pen is put down anywhere except its display it will be unresolved. You will subconsciously make sure this display is complete after writing and put your pen back where it belongs.
How many times do you take your glasses off? When you take them off you usually lay them on your desktop. When you need them you have to glance at your desk to see where you put them.
A stand insures that your eyeglasses are always in the same place and provide a decorative accent. Find one that is both a stand and a display.
You will never need to search for your glasses again.
If someone opens a window papers blow all over the place. If your work is on your computer the work is safe. To prevent papers from shifting you have yet another opportunity to display a piece of art.
Paperweights create an artistic venue in a figure, globe or a tech-artpiece like this camera.
Snow and Water Globes
The cubicle desk is a perfect canvas to display these artistic pieces of glass, water and snow.