Let's face it: offices can be pretty dreary places. This is especially true if you're in a fluorescent light-lit cubicle without a window. Luckily, there are plenty of great wallpaper options to help brighten up your space and make it a more pleasant place to spend your working hours.
9 Cubicle wallpaper ideas.
This bright, botanical-inspired, peel-and-stick wallpaper is a great way to liven up your cubicle. Putting this up in your cubicle will make you feel like you're sitting in a breezy tropical retreat. Sure, you might be typing up a storm — but you'll feel like you're soaking up the sun while you're doing it.
This gorgeous blue and white wallpaper will visually open up your cubicle. The faux fading will also add a lived-in feel to your office space, making it feel a little cozier and more comfortable to spend time in. If you like the pattern but want something a little more subtle, it also comes in taupe, olive, gray and black. Personally, I'm partial to the blue, as some studies have shown it's the best color for stimulating the mind.
If you want a more organic-looking blue and white theme, this gorgeous wave print is a good choice. The flowing, organic shapes create a soothing effect that's quite pleasant. It also comes in teal, red and gray.
If you're partial to a more geometric style, this navy, white, cream and gold option could appeal to you. If you're partial to the pattern but want something a bit more subtle, it also comes in a muted dove gray, gold, and cream colorway.
This geometric gold wallpaper is yet another gorgeous option. It adds color and texture without being overwhelming. Thanks to its light color scheme, it'd also visually open your space up to make your cramped cubicle appear a bit more spacious.
This vintage newspaper contact paper could be a fun choice for those in media. Its fun, whimsical pattern is a great way to add some visual interest to your cubicle.
This simple, unfussy hexagon pattern will lighten up your cubicle without adding too much busy, distracting pattern. If you're primarily interested in lightening up your space, this is great choice.
Dog lovers who want to display their love of canine companions at the office might consider this wallpaper. Its subtle color scheme tones down the whimsical pattern and makes it a great way to show your love of pooches without being too over the top.
This bold geometric pattern is a great way to make a statement with your cubicle wallpaper. It would make a great accent wall, especially if your office furniture is dark — as the above photo shows, dark furniture really pops against it.
A few small tips can make your cubicle a more pleasant place to work.
1. Mix wallpaper, motivational quotes and photos to hide boring beige cubicle walls.
Using wallpaper, motivational quotes, and photos to personalize your cubicle walls has the added benefit of hiding the boring beige sides of the typical cubicle. These personal touches won't just make your cubicle feel more like home — they'll also give your coworkers some insight into your personality and interests
2. Keep it clean.
As anyone who's ever lived in a small space can tell you from experience, clutter and mess are made even more overwhelming than usual if they're in a small space. By definition, a cubicle is small — so you'd be served well by keeping it clean and organized.
3. Incorporate colorful accessories.
While many of the items in your cubicle will be company-issued, you still have some room to add pops of color and personality through desk accessories
. This could take the form of a brightly-colored lamp, fun mug for your pens and pencils or cheerful desk organizer.
4. Add plant life.
Incorporating some greenery into your cubicle will add instant beauty and cheer to your desk. Consider treating yourself to a weekly fresh flowers ritual or adding a desk plant (succulents are a particularly good choice for offices because they're low-maintenance and hardy).
5. Get a fancy calendar.
Sure, you might live and die by your Outlook calendar, but you can still invest in a desk calendar. Besides, there's something nice about starting your week off by planning everything out on paper. Paper Source and Rifle Paper Co. make some gorgeous options. Bonus: many of their calendars involve metallic accents, which will add some sparkle and shimmer to your cubicle.
Lorelei Yang is a New York-based consultant and freelance writer/researcher. Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.