Decorating my Cubicle at Work

When I accepted my internship back in August, I was excited to have my own little space and to be able to personalize it! All of my previous internships have been only for a summer, so I’ve never had my own desk for more than a couple months. This post is a bit overdue considering I’ve now been working there now for six and a half months, but it’s also taken me a while to get things how I wanted them!

Before

This is a before shot of my desk area. I actually forgot to take a picture of my desk, so I snapped a picture of an empty desk a few cubicles over from mine. ;) My cubicle is very white. And I mean, everything is this creamish, off-white color, leaving everything feeling bland and washed out. It was actually distracting me, the lack of color.

So that was my initial goal: to just bring some color into my work space. But I didn’t want it to be overwhelming either – I wanted it to remain professional.

I started with a few accents.I found a lot of cute pieces at the dollar section at Target. I used a little coral pail to hold my binder clips and found some colorful magnets to use for my cabinets.  I drink a lot of water, so I also bought a floral coaster for a few dollars at Bed Bath & Beyond to set my cup on.

One of the other interns put a colored throw blanket over her chair which I thought was a great idea! I originally was going to use a bright teal colored blanket to throw over my chair, but decided it was too bright. So instead I used a really big scarf that my mom had bought me from Portugal. It’s definitely more subdued, but has such a pretty design so it was perfect to bring some color and design without being too over the top.

Chair

Then I moved to picture frames. I had already ordered my wedding pictures and received a couple of frames as gifts, so I brought those in to make my cubicle a little more personal. Since my desk area is so large, I knew I needed to bring in some more to just fill space, but I didn’t want the same black and gray picture frames. The purpose was to bring in color, and I didn’t really feel like spending $20+ on a cute picture frame, so I thought I’d make my own.

Pictures

I picked a few frames up from the dollar store and Goodwill and picked out some spray paint and painted them myself. It took a few coats, but I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Not bad for under $10! That really filled in the space, and I love turning around to grab something and seeing pictures from the best day ever. I also brought in a vase from our reception (we have a million and I’m not sure what to do with the rest of them) to set in the corner. It goes with the general color scheme of the space and I think everything is better with flowers – especially when I can’t kill them they can’t die.

Magnets

I’m a bit of a sucker for cute quotes – especially Bible verses. I found these pieces of art on Pinterest free to download (I love free) so just printed them off on the color printer and tacked them up to the back of the cabinet space. They’re nice to look at, bring some color, and are encouraging when I’m having a rough day.

It took me a long time to really get everything how I wanted, but I’m really pleased with how everything turned out!  It’s a cute space that I enjoy working in and it was pretty inexpensive and fun to put it all together! It feels like me, albeit a very girly me – I’m not usually this girly or use this many variations of pink! :P

19 thoughts on “Decorating my Cubicle at Work”

  1. Ooo, I love with what you’ve done with your cubicle! It does brighten the atmosphere as well as personalise your place at work. I love the before and after pictures :P It’s amazing how it feels much different! Good vibes, good vibes everywhere ;)

    1. They hire a lot of interns actually! They require you to wait for six months before applying for a job so they don’t hire you straight out of the internship, which is kind of weird to me. But since we are not staying in Kansas City, so it’s not something I’m considering. If I were to stay, I might consider staying at the company but it would be just for the sake of having a job, not necessarily because it’s something that I enjoy. It’s not a bad job, but I wouldn’t want to do it forever. :)

      1. Yeah you probably want to be closer to your family?
        I know what you mean! I’ve had internships that I liked but I didn’t want to do that as my job. I hope you get a good recommendation!

  2. Your cubicle is so adorable with the white! It’s crazy how small changes can make the space feel more welcoming.

    Omg I’m so jealous of your windows! That’s like office gold.

    1. I love love love the windows – and the view! It makes my area a bit more chilly in the winter time, but I love the sunlight and being able to look out at downtown!

  3. Your cubicle looks lovely! I love the colours and the picture frames are great.

    Everyone at my work has decorated their desks. The majority are so bright and colourful. I’m still yet to do mine, but hopefully I’ll think of something soon. I just don’t know what to put up!

  4. What a great view you have! I’ve always wanted my own office space so I could decorate my cubicle – it’s much harder to decorate a workshop =/ You’ve made a very sterile space look so lovely and welcoming! The splashes of colour are great, and they are such happy photographs too =]

  5. I like the idea of putting a scarf over your chair! That’s such a pretty design :) I also think that’s great that you painted your own frames. I would have thought they were store bought that way! All the bits of color makes it look like a cute and happy space. I think it looks great! My cube is unfortunately very messy. I should put more effort into decorating it, haha.

  6. I love the little splashes of colour, it definitely makes the environment seem nicer. Especially the little vase of flowers. Very cute space you made for youself :)

  7. I love how you decided to use pastels to override the white-washed walls/cubicle! Honestly, I did not even think about using pastels for my apartment. When I had my apartment, my walls were bear and completely in WHITE. I went as far as asking my landlady if it would be okay to repaint the walls a different color as I didn’t much care for the white walls. She told me that I would have to pick a neutral color and when I moved out, I would have to repaint it again. When I heard this, of course, I decided against painting the walls and just bearing with it. Though, in Tristan’s and my study area in the house we’re living in, Tristan used to be a painter before his boss’s business was sold from the bank. So, he painted that room a neutral brown color, which is beautiful. Reminds me of the ocean.

    Anyways, I really like the scarf your mom gave you. It’s a nice touch to the rest of the cubicle. I honestly hope that things work for you, and you will get a chance to work for there for real. I’m highly considering in taking the Microsoft exam for HTML5, Javascript and CSS3.

  8. Oh this is so nice! :) A personalized cubicle does brighten up the atmosphere and help you become inspired at work. I love the overall effect that you did, it’s not too overwhelming but it’s not dull either. I wish we were also allowed to decorate our workstations, but that’s a no-no in our office :(

  9. Wow… very nice indeed!
    And I really love how your cubicle looks – the furniture, the view…!

    My place at work is filled with small weird things lol~

  10. I love how you decorated your cubicle! You definitely kept the balance between accenting and not going overboard! I know some workspaces go overboard, but in the end it’s up to the individual. I’d be more like you, in trying to keep things individualistic but not add 230203823 things :3

    Thanks for sharing your cubicle! It’s always interesting to see other people’s rooms/workspaces ^^

  11. It’s pretty cool that you get your own cubicle at work (that looks like an office) XD. I’m liking the decorations you have around your desk. There’s nothing wrong with putting things that gives your desk life- as long as you don’t overdo it and kill the professionalism.

  12. We have a sort of open plan office so I don’t have a cubicle, but I have a set of drawers and I can make my desk as much ‘my own’ as I want. At my old workplace I used to have a photo of myself and Nick but I dunno, I seem to have dropped off putting personal items on my desk. I just have my tea flask and headphones, nothing too fancy. I like it being quite clean, but you reminded me that I do miss having some nice photos on my desk.

    You know I would have loved that teal blanket because of the colour of my blog. :P

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