Personal, Yet Professional: How to Express Your Style in the Office

White Walls

 

You sit at your desk every day, staring at the empty walls, and you know every one who enters your office stares at them too. But how can you show off your style while still maintaining your professional image?

Decorations
Decorations

 

The best way to immediately add color and personality is to hang art on the walls. Select a painted canvas, a poster or even a comic clipped from the newspaper to give your walls the touch of style it needs.

Hanging and displaying family photos is another great way to show off your personal life while remaining work-appropriate. But, make sure you don’t overdo it. You might want to have a picture of your entire extended family, but make sure you have enough room for your actual work.

Adding colorful desk accessories also provides an opportunity for self-expression. Purchasing a pencil cup, stapler, or scissors in your favorite color or pattern is a great way to show off your style without adding extra clutter to your desk.

Pick a color scheme

Pick a Color Scheme

Having decorations with wild colors might show your personality, but they can be jarring and display a level of disorganization. Try to pick a single color scheme so you appear both creative and organized. Accompany the color scheme with neutral or metallic accessories. For example, a sleek stainless Steel pen or pencil matches any color scheme.

Keep your bookshelf full

Keep Your Bookshelf Full

Having books in your office will make you appear intelligent and prepared. Most of the books should be relevant to your industry and job responsibilities, but having some fun books in the shelf shows your other interests and serves as a topic of conversation for visitors.

Plants

Plants

For the most part, there is no such thing as an unprofessional plant. As long as you can keep it alive, a plant is a great way to add a homey touch and a pop of color to your office.

Dress to impress

Dress to Impress

Since your sit at your desk every day, sometimes your most personal decoration is you. Gone are the days where business wear means you can only wear dark suits and muted colors. Use colors or patterns in your professional wear to show off your style and liven up your office (at least, when you’re in it).

Your office can feel like a home away from home. With some quick decoration tips, your office can look like a home away from home too.