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Empty white walls and drop ceilings aren't the most inspiring surroundings. But for many of us, that's the reality of our workplace habitat.

We can't all work in interior decorator designed state-of-the-art LEED certified buildings, unfortunately, but that doesn't mean we can't make the best of it with what's available and a small amount of budget.

Luckily, with a few well-placed frame hangers, velcro tape, or bolts, (or all three), you can transform a drab, dreary office to an oasis that just might inspire your colleagues.

Read on for the best office wall decor available and where to find it:

1. Wall Art 

Whether you want to be literal and get your company logo laser cut from metal or wood, or inspiring and feature an image such as the mountain in the image below, your options are limitless. 

Image via SplineHomeDecor on Etsy

Where to look: Etsy, your local laser cut store (many trophy or art shops offer this service), or Wayfair, Hayneedle, Overstock, or 6pm.com for non-custom pieces

Price range: Generally $50+ depending on the size and material of the piece

Framed Prints

Prints work well for cubicle walls, your desk, or the empty wall real estate around the office. Choose from quotes, landscapes, portraits of inspiring leaders, or abstract designs (or anything, really). There is no shortage of options for prints. Pro tip: buy from vendors who offer frames for a ready-to-hang package.

Image via PrintableBeautyArt on Etsy

Where to look: Etsy, Society6, Saatchi, Minted, Cafepress

Price range: $5 and up, depending on size, material, and whether it's framed/matted

Original Art

If you're working with a larger budget, original art is another way to give your office some color and life. Even if you're limited to neutral tones, you'll find numerous options. 

Image via LaBroucke on Etsy

Where to find: Etsy, local galleries, coffee shops, Zatista, Fine Art America

Price: $50+, for the most part, oil paint will cost you more than watercolor (artist dependent), and larger paintings will cost more

Clocks

Practical, yes, but clocks can also be a statement. Display the time across your company's global footprint, or use one for a pop of color.

Image via oclasermark on Etsy

Image via Jet

Where to find: Etsy, Jet, Walmart, Target, Amazon

Price: $30+

Wall Decals (aka Stickers!)

Ideal for temporary offices or coworking spaces, custom wall decals can help brand your space and add personalization when you're limited in what you're allowed to modify in the space. 

Image via Stickeryou

Where to find: Stickeryou, Etsy your local sticker shop, other online sources

Price: $30+ depending on size and color

2. Shelves

Shelves open up so many options. For instance, you can display your office's lending library, prop up some framed prints, add a few decorative candles, or even store office supplies. 

Image via Pottery Barn

Where to find: Potterybarn, CB2, Wayfair, 6pm, Overstock, big box home improvement stores

Price: $50+

Floating

Limited budget? Head to IKEA, Urban Outfitters, Amazon, or Walmart for budget floating shelves.

Image via Urban Outfitters

Image via CB2

Where to find: IKEA, Urban Outfitters, Target, Walmart, Amazon

Price: $7+ depending on source, size, and material

3. Mirrors

When you don't want to commit to a piece of art, but still want to add a splash of something to your walls, mirrors do the trick. Try one large one to make a room seem bigger, or a series of small, detailed mirrors for a more eclectic look.

Image via Kirkland's

Image via West Elm

Image via At Home

Where to find: At Home, West Elm, Kirkland's, Hayneedle, Wayfair, 6pm

Price: $70+ depending on source, size, and material

4. Plants

A touch of green adds life to your work environment. From living moss walls, to petite wall-mounted container gardens, you'll find an option for every office decor budget.

Image via West Elm

Where to find: West Elm, Joss&Main, local plant/pottery stores

Price: $20+ depending on source, size, and material

5. Neon Signs

Another way to display your company's name or tagline, neon signs offer customization and a bright pop of pizzazz. Even when not lit, this fun option will give your office space a unique touch. 

Image via Brite Lite tribe

Where to find: local neon sign shop, Amazon, Etsy, Every Thing Neon, Wayfair,Brite Lite tribe

Price: $70+ depending on source and size, more for custom

6. Tapestries

A perennial college favorite, tapestries offer color and wall coverage for a fraction of the price of framed art. Popular choices include maps and floral designs, but you'll find any kind you want with a quick search (or even a custom print). 

Image via Wayfair

Image via Bed Bath & Beyond

Where to find: Bed Bath & Beyond, Urban Outfitters, Hayneedle, Wayfair, 6pm

Price: $10+ depending on source, size, and material

7. Chalkboard Paint

Beyond the cool factor of dark, charcoal walls, chalkboard paint can be practical if you want to keep a running list of goals, motivational quotes, or sales quotas within easy reach of your employees. While you can paint over chalkboard paint, it's best to do this in a space where you plan to stay for more than a short while as it does take a few coats to apply (and to later cover up). 

Image via It All Started With Paint

Where to find: Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon

Price: $10+ depending on quantity

8. Dry Erase Board

Dry erase boards have evolved from the ones you'd find in classrooms around the country. Choose from upscale, glass options for those with the budget, or head to an office supply store for a peel and stick option. 

Image via Ambiance Doré

Where to find: Office Depot, Amazon, Staples, Everase, Target

Price: $30+ depending on size and store

9. Murals or Mosaics

Similar to custom decals, you can find peel and stick murals to suit your company's decorating style. For a pricier, more permanent option, consider hiring a local artist for a hand-painted mural or mosaic. 

Image via Eazywallz

Where to find: Murals Your Way, Eazywallz, Magic Murals

Price: $70+ depending on source, size, and material


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Nina Semczuk is the Head of SEO Content at Fairygodboss. She loves transforming white wall space into a beautiful mix of colors, books, and ephemera. Ask her about the time she thought chalkboard paint on plywood walls was a fabulously good idea. 

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