Tips For Brightening Up Your Desk At Work

Unfortunately, a simple fact of the modern world is that most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work. For many of us, we sit within the boring, grey confines of a 4×4 cubicle for most of the day. Within our grey world there’s little sunshine and only small windows to the brilliant world outside. It’s just you and your computer screen for most of the day.

So how can you make work more bearable?

You could always try brightening up your desk with some decorations and personalization. Of course, some work places have rules and restrictions about what or how much you can put on your desk, so only a few of these ideas may work for you.

At any rate, it’s always a good idea to bring some things to work that make you happy, that brighten up your world, or perhaps bring in a little piece of nature.

So next time you stop by the store, consider buying a few knick knacks for your desk! Here are some good ideas to start:

1. Bring in the outside world with some plants.

Sitting inside all day we miss out on the beauty of the outside world. We may not be able to lounge in the sun under the trees all day, but you can always bring a bit of nature inside with you.

If you’re good with plants or sit near a window you can always consider bringing in some real plants. Low maintenance succulents are a good idea.

For those of us who sorely lack a green thumb, it may be a good idea to bring in a fake plant in a colorful pot. The flowers may not be real, but they are just as bright and beautiful.

2. Light it up!

Another way to bring some light to your dreary desk is by lighting it up with a short strand of string lights or with a strand of battery operated lights. Not only are they pretty, but they can help to brighten up a dark space.

3. Set your computer background to something (or someone) you love!

It’s hard to spend most of the day staring at a computer screen, but it’s makes it a little more bearable when you open up your screen each day to see a picture of your favorite place, person, or your favorite pet.

My dog is currently my background at work and it always manages to put a smile on my face when I see her on the screen instead of the generic, blue screen saver on any old work computer.

4. Bring a comfy throw!

A lot of our office spaces these days are FREEZING, so bringing in a colorful throw will add some much needed color to your space and keep you warm too!

It will also help to make your drab work environment more homey.

5. Use a colorful mug for pens and other supplies.

Instead of your standard, run-of-the-mill cup for your pens and pencils, try using your favorite mug to store your essentials at work. It can be colorful, funny, or personalized just for you. Either way it’s a cute and functional accessory.

6. Set out pictures of your loved ones.

Another way to bring some light and life to your desk at work is by displaying your favorite photos! You can display them in a cute picture frame or tack up a series of little Polaroids! Either way it will bring a smile to your face each time you look up and see your favorite people smiling back.

Hopefully after reading these tips and tricks for brightening up your work day you too will be inspired to bring a little bit of you to work and make your space your own!

What kind of decorations do you use at work? Leave a comment below!


  1. Bexa

    January 22, 2019 at 11:36 am

    These are great ideas Rachel, thank you for sharing! I have a few colourful mugs on my shelf with pens and pencils in and they really brighten the room up, little things can really make a difference. Fab post! <3 xx
    Bexa |

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      Hey Bexa,
      Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked it 😊

  2. Jenny in Neverland

    January 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I work from home but I don’t have a desk unfortunately but if I did, I’d definitely brighten it up with plants and some amazing stationery!


    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      Stationery is a great idea! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it 🙂 I’ll have to get some

  3. Ruxandra

    January 22, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Love these! I also use background of beautiful places to motivate me!And of course cute decorations, my own mug and even a humidifier!

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      A humidifier is a great idea! Office environments are always so dry/uncomfortable 🙂

  4. Lauren

    January 22, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing these great ideas! I like colourful things on my desk and lots of stationery.

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      I love color too! I’ll have to get some stationery 🙂

  5. Savannah

    January 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Theses are great tips! I work in the basement of a building, and we fondly call it a dungeon. I will definitely be taking some of these tips with me to brighten up my work space. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      No problem 🙂 I hope this helps to brighten up your dungeon 🙂

  6. The Newbury Girl

    January 22, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I love the suggestions that you’ve provided – adding string lights and decorative touches are always essential for making my workspace feel like home. I’m definitely in need of bringing a comfy, warm throw to work.

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      I love my work throw! You definitely should 🙂

  7. Rachel

    January 22, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Colorful books –they are great to read and also create an environment for curiosity and learning.

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  8. Sophie Wentworth

    January 22, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I work from home so I take a lot of these things for granted but I like to keep my things in cute colourful containers to keep it looking brighter/ more fun x


    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      I would love to work from home! I’m glad you still use bright containers even at home 🙂

  9. Jenny

    January 22, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    These are some great ideas! Thanks for sharing! ☺️

    Jenny •

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 22, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  10. Nissa

    January 23, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Fellow Dog mom of 3!! I love all of these tips! My fave is bringing the outside in! I love the natural greens! Also the desktop background. Such a great and easy tip to make you feel comfortable! Thanks for sharing!

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 23, 2019 at 1:04 am

      Hey Nissa,
      So glad to hear you’re a fellow dog mom! Glad you liked the tips 🙂 Thank you for reading!

  11. Jasmin

    January 23, 2019 at 9:31 am

    These are wonderful ideas! I’ve already brought some plants on my desk so perhaps a comfy throw could be the next step. It’s freezing there at times!

    ✖ Jasmin

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      You should definitely get a throw! Mine is here with me every day

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  13. hanmwill

    January 23, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Love these suggestions! I think I’m definitely gonna invest in a work throw for my desk, especially as its getting sooooo much colder lately, and I sit right by a window! Great post, thanks for sharing! x

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  14. Hannah

    January 24, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Such great ideas! I can imagine these are fab ways to make your desk more your own and a much more bearable space. Definitely need to put these into action to try and liven up my space xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 24, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 glad to hear you enjoyed these tips! Having a nice personable desk is so important when you have to work all day!

  15. Gabrielle

    January 25, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I decided to do this a few months ago and it really does bring your desk to life and make things more comfortable. If you’re able, I’d also suggest bringing in something like an essential oil diffuser. Not only will your office space smell great, you will also be stress-free!!

    Great post!

    Gabrielle |

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 25, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks so much for the idea of the essential oil diffuser! I’ve been thinking of getting one but didn’t even think about taking it to work. Thanks for reading 🙂

  16. Becky

    January 25, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I love succulents! What an awesome idea. And I have my own personal mug too, it always brightens my day. I love my office, and its probbaly good since I am there 5 days a week!

    1. rachellaurenhardy

      January 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      I’m glad to hear you made your space yours! It can be so hard to work 40 hours a week without feeling at home ❤️

  17. Jannie

    January 31, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post!

    It’s the little changes which will make the greatest changes.

    Many thanks for sharing!

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