Picture this: You start your workday by settling into a beautiful workspace, surrounded by personalized touches that instantly uplift your mood.
As women working from home, our desks are not just functional spaces; they are the canvas where creativity meets productivity.
I’m going to share some ways you can make your desk a little more inviting with cozy desk decor and share the myriad benefits it brings to your remote work experience.
Does Setting Up Your Work Space Really Matter?
In the hustle and bustle of daily responsibilities, it’s easy to overlook the significance of our work environment. A mundane and uninspiring desk can dampen our spirits, affecting our focus and overall well-being. If you’ve ever felt a lack of motivation while trying to get your work done, you’re not alone. The good news? There’s a simple solution – enter the realm of DIY desk decor.
Imagine transforming your workspace into a cozy space that reflects your personality and inspires creativity. No more dull and lifeless desk; instead, envision a space that sparks joy and energizes you each day. The benefits extend beyond aesthetics – a thoughtfully decorated desk can enhance your mood, boost productivity, and create a comforting atmosphere that makes work feel less like a chore.
How Having A Cozy Work Space Will Help You
It might seem like a waste of time especially if you are already a pretty motivated person. BUT you might be surprised at how well you can keep working if you have a cozy space you enjoy.
1. Personalization Boosts Motivation
A personalized desk isn’t just visually appealing; it serves as a powerful motivator. Adding elements that resonate with your tastes and interests creates a connection to your workspace. Consider framing photos of loved ones, incorporating your favorite color schemes, or displaying motivational quotes that uplift your spirits.
2. Cozy Desk Decor Enhances Comfort
Investing in ergonomic accessories can significantly impact your work experience. Consider a cozy chair cushion or an adjustable desk organizer to create a comfortable and efficient workspace. Not only will these additions make your desk more inviting, but they also contribute to your overall well-being during long work hours.
3. Inspires Creativity
Art has the magical ability to inspire and stimulate creativity. Hang inspiring artwork or create a vision board on your desk to ignite your imagination. Incorporating artistic elements into your workspace fosters a positive and innovative mindset, making your work more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Make a list of your business needs
When setting up an office space of any kind. It’s crucial to take the time to think about your specific business needs when it comes to finding the perfect space, tools, and decor.
First and foremost, it’s important to list out your business needs, such as storage for products, a quiet environment for Zoom calls or content creation, and space for storing paperwork if you work with livestock and have pedigrees or other paperwork you give buyers.
Once you’ve listed out all of your needs, consider your budget and prioritize them in order of importance. Because let’s be honest, no one has infinity symbols in their budget amounts. This will allow you to make smart decisions when it comes to where you are going to spend your money first.
Don’t forget to also include any specific expenses to consider, such as an office chair and decor. By doing so, you’ll be able to plan ahead and spend your money on office supplies to create your new office space meets all of your needs while also staying within your budget.
Optimizing The Physical Space
Creating a space that is functional, comfortable, and inviting is crucial for productivity and enjoying your work. Here are some practical tips and ideas to make the most out of your space. Let’s take a look at how to transform your environment into a cozy and efficient space for your home office.
Start with storage
In order to make your desk cozy you have to understand the importance of keeping your workspace organized and clutter-free. — When you have all the important things organized that alone frees’ up mental space. Helping you create a cozy environment.
Sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got and that’s ok. But I need to touch on choosing the right desk really fast. You need to make sure there is ample space for books, files, and other essentials. Remember when I told you to make a list of what your office needs? This is why. Its tempting to think “I only need a small space” but you might need space for way more than you realize.
When it comes to shelves on your desk, think about how you can optimize the space with different sizes and shapes of shelves to accommodate a variety of items. – It’s also important to note that the “ugly things” should be kept out of site to help with the cozy environment. Things like printer paper, tripods, and tools less used are best to keep them closed away.
This is perfect for storing devices away when your work is done to help your brain close down for work. It is also great for storing devices in a small space like a dorm room.
Let’s talk about desk storage. Drawer organizers are a great way to keep all your small office supplies in order while optimizing the top of your desk.
Remember, the key to a beautiful and functional office space is organization. With the right storage solutions, you can prevent a chaotic and cluttered look, and create a space that inspires productivity and creativity.
Put unused spaces to work
One of the easiest ways to utilize unused space on your desk is by adding some cozy decor to the area. By adding a small potted plant, a beautiful desk organizer, or some inspiring home decor from Hobby Lobby to liven up the space and make it more inviting. This not only maximizes the visual appeal of your desk but also adds a personal touch to your work area.
Pppppsssstt… here are some nice fake ones that work beautifully if you don’t have a green thumb.
Additionally, think about adding some functional storage solutions to the unused areas of your desk. This could include a small shelf or drawer organizers to keep your supplies organized and within reach.
By taking advantage of these unused spaces on your desk, you can create a more inviting and efficient home office that maximizes every square inch.
Be a minimalist
Welcome to the world of minimalism! This simple yet effective concept is all about creating a clutter-free and creative workspace that promotes focus and productivity. By incorporating simple furnishings, a neutral color palette, and natural wood tones, you can transform your home office into a calming and inspiring environment.
Imagine a spacious desk with clean lines and a sleek design, paired with a comfortable chair in a calming neutral tone. Add in some natural wood shelving for storage and a touch of warmth. By focusing on key pieces with strong design, you can create a minimalist workspace that looks good and feels inviting.
Not only does a minimalist home office look great, but it also has numerous benefits for your well-being and productivity.
With fewer distractions and less visual clutter, you can concentrate better and let your creativity flow. You may not realize this yet but having less visual distraction also allows the home decor that is out in view show up even stronger.
When there is too much for your brain to process it’s difficult for that piece to bring on that cozy feeling.
Make It Feel Cozy
Cozy is a feeling not things. Think of the one place you love to be in that FEELS cozy. The perfect example is my aunt’s house which is pretty eclectically decorated and somewhat busy. But it’s extremely cozy and inviting. Why is that? It’s the spirit of the home.
The feeling of cozy is created by you feeling relaxed, warm, safe, and minimal chaos. Keep that in mind as you put together your office desktop.
Give yourself a view
Imagine sitting in your home office, surrounded by a sense of peaceful relaxation and productivity. One of the best ways to achieve this is by giving yourself a view. If possible have natural light streaming in through a window, indoor plants breathing life into the space, and a cozy desk all contribute to creating an atmosphere that enhances your workspace.
Incorporating natural light into your home office can significantly impact your mood and energy levels, while indoor plants purify the air and bring a touch of nature indoors. A modern desk that offers versatility in seating options allows you to change positions throughout the day, promoting movement and reducing fatigue.
When decorating your office, focus on bringing the outdoors in by incorporating earthy tones, natural materials, natural pops of color, and elements of nature. Consider light, airy curtains or blinds to maximize natural light and create a sense of openness. Maximize your view by positioning your desk to face the window, giving you something pleasant to look at when you need a moment of relaxation.
What if you don’t have a window? You can trick your brain if you have to. Using a painting or a picture on a monitor will help give the elution of the outdoors. You could also get a sun lamp to help bring the feeling of the sun in the room. This is especially helpful if you live in a darker area.
By incorporating these elements, you’ll create a home office that promotes a sense of peaceful relaxation and enhances your productivity – ultimately turning your workspace into a place you love to be in.
Minimise visual clutter
It might seem hard to do but once you get started down the path of cleaning up visual clutter it can be addictive. Start by clearing out anything you don’t need. And I mean be REAL honest about the things you use often or the things you are keeping around “just because”.
- Throw out reference papers that you have kept and never looked at.
- Create a list in a digital tool like trello to write down the small snippets you found helpful. This way you don’t have 50 pieces of paper you never look at.
- Have a binder for all of the printables you use often so they are not sitting out on your desk.
- Use storage such as shelves, drawers, and bins to keep your office supplies and paperwork neatly tucked away.
Consider using a minimalist color palette with neutral tones to create a calming and cohesive look. Avoid excessive patterns or bold colors that may overwhelm the space. Instead, opt for simple and timeless designs.
Choosing functional and stylish organizational tools such as desk organizers, file holders, and cable management systems not only helps to keep your workspace tidy. They also give the space some style to help lessen the need to add more stuff to your desk. This will not only reduce visual clutter but also make it easier to find what you need when you’re working.
I love these felt storage bins for the desk drawer because they will minimize clanking in the drawer.
Invest in quality furniture pieces that not only complement the overall aesthetic of your office but also provide comfort and support. A comfortable chair with adjustable features is essential for long hours of work, while a spacious desk with ample surface area allows for efficient multitasking.
To further minimize visual clutter, consider going paperless whenever possible. Digitize papers that you will “sometimes” look back at and use cloud storage services to store important files. I am the first to admit that I prefer having a paper copy of things. BUT this will not only save physical space but also make it easier to stay organized.
Regularly declutter your workspace by removing items that you no longer need or use. This is key to having a neat and cozy environment that promotes focus and concentration.
Personalize the space based on your interests
Another way to add personal style and coziness to your office is by incorporating soft textures and materials. Invest in a comfortable chair with plush cushions or add a cozy rug under your desk that fits your personal style. These are things that have to be in your office no matter what. So having one that fits your style will help build out the design. This will not only make your space more inviting but also provide extra comfort during long work hours.
Don’t forget about lighting! Choose warm and soft lighting options, such as table lamps or string lights, to create a soothing ambiance. Avoid harsh fluorescent lights that can strain your eyes and make the space feel cold.
Adding plants to your office can also make it feel more cozy and lively. Choose low-maintenance plants like succulents or cacti that require minimal care but still bring life to your workspace. You can place them on your desk or in hanging pots near the window for an added touch of nature.
Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of scent. Consider using candles, essential oil diffusers, or air fresheners in scents that you find calming and comforting. Lavender, vanilla, or citrus scents are popular choices for creating a cozy atmosphere.
Remember, the key to creating a cozy office decor is to make it personal and reflective of your own style and interests. Such as small trinkets, postcards, or photographs.
- If you’re a book lover, create a mini library on your shelves with your favorite reads.
- If you have a backyard farm garden have a space to put cut flowers.
- If you are a farmer have space to hang photos of your favorite animals.
Mix Old and New
Creating a home office that seamlessly blends old and new decor is a wonderful way to infuse your space with character and charm. Start by hunting for vintage treasures at antique stores, flea markets, and online platforms like Craigslist. Or pulling three key peaices you already have that you want to bring into your office space.
Pair these finds with newer pieces such as vibrant chairs or minimalist decor to achieve a balance in your workspace.
The key is to blend the old and new seamlessly, creating a space that reflects your unique style and personality. With the perfect mix of vintage and modern (newer) elements, your home office will become a welcoming and inspiring haven where new ideas are born and cherished memories are treasured.
Products to Elevate Your DIY Desk Decor
Now that we’ve explored the benefits, let’s delve into the exciting realm of products that can transform your desk into a cozy haven:
1. Desk Plants for a Breath of Fresh Air
- Mini Succulents: Low-maintenance succulents add a touch of nature to your desk.
- Desk Planters: These are plastic but they are great to keep plants from leaking on your desk.
2. Stylish Candles
Candles are a great way to add warmth to a desk but also a great way to bring in light. These flameless candles are great if you are sensitive to sents and are worried about causing a fire.
These candles have a beautiful clean design and with the minimal black jar, they are perfect for creating a minimalist look. They would also work great with any style of office.
3. Cozy Coffee or warm drink accessories
Nothing keeps you cozier than a nice warm mug of coffee or a hot drink. Here are some must have accessories to create a coffee station right at your desk.
4. Decorative Lamps for Ambiance
I love floor lamps because they can stand on the floor right next to the desk without taking up any desk top space.
If a floor lamp isn’t your thing this small side lamp is a perfect alternative.
5. Inspirational Wall Art
- Quote Prints: Surround yourself with motivational quotes that resonate with your aspirations.
- Watercolor Artwork: Add a splash of color and creativity to your workspace with vibrant watercolor prints.
6. Comfortable Yet stylish office chair
A chair is one of the things that you have to have by your desk and they can be super ugly in my opinion. BUT you can find some beautiful and comfortable chairs to add to your cozy desktop style.
MOJAY Mid-Back PU Leather Office Desk Chair, Modern Upholstered Computer Chair, Executive Office Chair with Arms, Swivel Adjustable Rolling Chair with Gold Base (Brown)4.0$139.99
Another great option if the visual appeal is a concern.02/23/2024 05:41 am GMT
4.0$119.9902/23/2024 05:37 am GMT
Swivel Home Office Chair, Modern Fabric Upholstered Tufted Accent Computer Desk Chair with Ergonomic Wide Backrest and Wooden Legs, Height Adjustable Swivel Vanity Chair for Office, Beige4.5
While it could have a higher back (especially if you are tall) it does have great visual appeal if your office is in a living area.Pros:
02/23/2024 05:31 am GMT
- Dimensions 25.59"D x 21.26"W x 35.83"H
- 360° Rolling Chair & Height Adjustable
In the world of working online, your desk is more than just a station for tasks; it’s a haven where a warm and cozy environment are a must for inspiration and productivity.
Embrace up-leveling your DIY desk decor, and let your workspace reflect your own personal style and creativity. Elevate your work experience, one personalized touch at a time, and witness the positive impact on your motivation, comfort, and overall work life.