Home Desk Decor Ideas: Swap Drab for Fab Now! (4 Ways)

These 4 easy desk decor ideas will transform your workspace from drab to fab in an instant!

Remember how thrilled you were when you escaped cubicle-land to work from home? How it energized you to buy your new desk and set up your very own home workspace to meet the functional needs of your job?

When you set up your home office desk decor, you probably added some framed photos and a nice plant, just like you did in the past to create an engaging, homey environment at the office. To make you feel more “at home”.

Wait a sec… you ARE home!

By surrounding yourself with run-of-the-mill office desk accessories, you set yourself up to be reminded of that damned office job that you were so desperate to get away from!

You have a unique opportunity to turn your home office into an inviting space that is more true to who you are — one that you love working in and that inspires your creativity.

4 Desk Decor Ideas to Elevate Your Home Workspace

Be inspired by these four simple changes to your home office desk accessories that’ll transform your desk beyond the drab, standard office vibe into the personalized home workspace that you deserve.

1. Comfortable Seating: Put Your Money Where Your Bum Is

desk decor ideas: comfortable seating

You spend several hours sitting at your desk. Hours sitting on your tush can become quite uncomfortable if it’s not supported properly.

You know the old saying, “If tushy ain’t happy…”

Well, maybe there’s not an old saying, but here’s the reality: Your uncomfortable tush will be annoyed and secretly convince the rest of your body to move away from the source of its discomfort.

Your back has the same tendencies as your tush.

Simple Science: Your uncomfortable body is distracting to your work.

Do your body and your productivity a favor and buy yourself the best quality desk chair that

  • is upholstered for comfort
  • suits your own personal style and
  • is within your budget.

If a new chair is not possible right away, find a lumbar support pillow or cushion that will provide sufficient support for your body while you’re sitting at your desk.

Amazon Basics Ergonomic Executive Office Desk Chair
9.7/10
  • Ergonomic High-back executive chair for home or office work spaces, Complies with BIFMA standard.
  • Upholstered in bonded leather for style and durability; comfortable cushions ideal for long work or gaming sessions.
  • 3D incite lumbar to keep yourself supported, adjust your seat to the optimal position
  • Flip-up arm rests to allow for more flexibility and motion-range when desired; cable-actuated tilt, lock, and height adjustment.
  • Sturdy framework set on a 5-point metallic finished base with oversized rolling caster wheels for extra durability and mobility; 360 degree swivel.
  • Dimensions: 29.5 x 28 x 40-43 inches (DxWxH); seat measures 21.5 x 21.5 inches (WxD); armrests: 26.25–29.25 inches; base diameter: 27.16 inches; chair weighs 41 pounds.
  • Previously Amazon Commercial brand, now Amazon Basics.
Sweetcrispy Tall Ergonomic Drafting Desk Chair
9.5/10
  • Comfortable Sponge Cushion - The large, thick seat of this drafting chair is made from upgraded foam with higher density, which is resilient and deformation-resistant. The cushion's edge is curved to minimize pressure on your thighs, ensuring maximum comfort during extended periods of sitting.
  • Ergonomic Backrest - The backrest of this office chair perfectly conforms to your spine's natural curve, and the lumbar support provides excellent back support, alleviating back pressure and promoting healthy posture.
  • Adjustable - This desk chair has an adjustable seat height range, making it perfect for regular, standing and high desks. The tall desk chair also features an adjustable footrest to prevent fatigue from prolonged sitting.
  • Movement - Swivel wheels and a 360° rotating seat allows for quick seating adjustments for more convenient work or leisure. The wheels are also very smooth and durable, making for quiet and easy movement, and are suitable for various types of flooring. 
Cute Armless Office Desk Chair  for Small Spaces
9.1/10
  • Comfortable - This armless office chair features a sponge-filled seat cushion that is highly durable and resistant to deformation, providing essential comfort and support for long periods of use. Its curved backrest design offers excellent back support to help alleviate discomfort and prevent tension in the lumbar area.
  • Modern - This desk chair’s cute and stylish look, combined with its trendy fabric exterior, adds a touch of charm and modernity to any space. 
  • Durable - Built to last, this desk chair with wheels has a solid and sturdy frame that is capable of supporting up to 250 pounds of weight. The materials used are carefully selected for their durability and longevity, making it a great investment for any home or office.
  • Adjustable - This home office desk chair offers both swivel and height-adjustable features, providing maximum versatility for any user. Its 360-degree swivel function allows for easy access to different working areas, while its adjustable height feature ensures the perfect seating position.
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2. Add Texture: A Babysitter for Your Subconscious

desk decor ideas: use texture

You can try to ignore it, but you can’t block the sensation of touch. The lesson from your parked tush is evidence of this.

You need to keep the rest of your body and your subconscious mind tactically entertained as well. Your active mind (the one you use to concentrate and get things done) will thank you. Think of texture as your babysitter for your subconscious self.

Most common desk accessories are similar textures — your keyboard, mouse, paper, coffee mug, and cell phone are all smooth, smooth, smooth. Too much of one texture is well… boring.

Your subconscious mind doesn’t care whether you look at or physically touch different textures. It will, however, seek out changes in your textural environment (i.e. distract you) if not satisfied.

Simple Science: You stay focused longer if you’re (not too) cozy.

Switch things up with a unique “natural” element. A small terrarium with moss, spiky plants, rocks, and shells provides quite a variety of visual textures to enjoy.

Consider a tufted Boho throw pillow cover or a plush sheepskin fur rug (faux or real) to provide a textural distraction either underfoot or across the room.

Short on funds? DIY some fun textural elements with supplies you likely have around the house:

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3. Try Aromatherapy: Spritz A Little Spritz

desk decor ideas: aromatherapy

Why not introduce some calming aromatherapy to your office with an attractive tart warmer, an eco-friendly reed diffuser, pretty potpourri, an essential oil diffuser or fresh-cut flowers from your garden?

Experiment to find specific fragrances that are not heavy, overpowering, or otherwise distracting to you. Clean, subtle scents like lemongrass, fresh linen eucalyptus or lavender can support the productive, stress-free setting you need.

Simple Science: An inviting place is pleasing to your nose.

Of course, candles are one of the easiest options to lift the literal and figurative funk from your workspace. Candles were likely frowned upon by the Safety team at your old office, so take advantage of your home setting and enjoy the olfactory indulgence.

Candle favorites such as Bath & Body Works’ Eucalyptus + Spearmint or Chesapeake Bay’s Serenity + Calm offer clean fragrances in decorative jars that look pretty even when they’re not burning.

If you’re a tea or coffee drinker (who isn’t?), make some pumpkin spice-inspired coasters. Hot mugs on these coasters activate comforting scents that fill the room.

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4. Personalize: Introduce Some Sentimental Bling

desk decor ideas: personalize your space

As with fashion, the jewelry that you choose to adorn your workspace adds your personal touch to make it a reflection of your own personal style.

Surround yourself with playful little details that remind you of your past or reflect details of the special person you are.

This is easy.

We are happy when we’re surrounded by and reminded of the things we love. Ask yourself :

  • What were things I liked as a child?
  • What do I yearn for?
  • What are my treasures?
  • What’s my favorite color?
  • What destinations do I long to visit or re-visit?

Have fun looking for creative, subtle ways to accessorize your surroundings. Little unexpected zingers are fun and unique personal touches that transform a generic workspace into a true reflection of you.

For example, a Tea Lover might display a little succulent planted in a pretty teacup. A Cyclist might find some unique coasters made from recycled bicycle parts. The Nostalgic Soul could frame an antique doily from their grandmother’s dresser.

Simple Science: All business and no play makes your desk a dull place to work.

Another easy way to subtly make your mark is to replace your furniture’s standard knobs or pulls with unique hardware that you love. It’s easy to make a magical furniture transformation in less than 30 minutes with a fun, true-to-you hardware selection.

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Choose Your Own (Desk Decor Makeover) Adventure

Take inventory of your home workspace. Does it reflect the special person you truly are or is it just an area that has an obligatory framed photo or two that you had on your previously generically decorated office desk?

Take these desk decor ideas and consider adding some indulgent personal touches to transform your home office into a sophisticated reflection of YOU.

Your desk is your home for at least eight hours of the day. You deserve to work in an inviting place that beckons you every morning and encourages you to stay just a little bit longer.

A place that reflects the warmth and feeling of your own home.

Where inspiration and productivity are boundless.

Is it 5 o’clock already?

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2 thoughts on “Home Desk Decor Ideas: Swap Drab for Fab Now! (4 Ways)”

  1. William N Hunter

    Hi Barb:
    LOOKS LIKE YOU PUT IN MUCHO TIME TO COME UP WITH ALL THIS. IF YOU LIKE DOING IT KEEP AT IT.
    LOVE, DAD

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