How to Decorate Office Walls


You can create an atmosphere in your office that is stylish and invigorating, without causing distraction. By paying close attention to function first, style second, you will steer clear of too much clutter and too many nonessentials. Once you have established the needs of your space and what will (or won't) work, you are ready to move forward with confidence. Enhance the walls of your office with pieces that inspire employees and prompt conversation from visitors and clients.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Stencils
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Metal frame
  • Modern vases
  • Shelves
  • Plants
  • Fresh flowers
  • Art
  • Framed news clips
  • Awards
  • Degrees and certificates
  • Paint a subtle damask pattern on a single accent wall. Use a color that is only two shades lighter or darker than the other walls, especially if you are limited by color or paint restrictions due to office codes. This inconspicuous work of art will create an air of beauty and inspire creativity.

  • Hang awards and news clips. Create a wall that highlights milestones within your company. Newspaper articles about contributions to the community can be framed and hung alongside company and individual awards. Display personal certificates and degrees that are sure to be noticed by clients and guests.

  • Paint a 5-foot tall by 3-foot wide chalkboard on the center of one wall using chalkboard paint. Hang a simple metal frame around it. Use the chalkboard to write down notes or reminders during meetings or brainstorming sessions.

    Next to the chalkboard, hang shelving that fulfills dual roles in functionality and style. Place modern vases on the shelves that have been revamped to hold pencils, plants, fresh flowers and small desk supplies. Stagger the shelves around the chalkboard, or create an entire grouping with the shelving that can hang next to the chalkboard.

  • Hang or paint modern art. If your office space is not hindered by corporate rules that limit your freedom, then go for it. The brighter and the more outlandish, the better. Spark conversation and creativity with the piece you choose. When choosing wilder prints or paintings, be careful to choose art that is not so busy that it detracts from overall productivity.

Tips & Warnings

  • Assess the overall message your company portrays. Banking and accounting industries tend to emit a no-nonsense attitude and are better suited with subdued colors and minimal art. Design and consulting firms have more leeway and can get away with modern pieces. Agencies that represent artists or musicians can be as wild and bold as they want, using art that ranges from comical to abstract.

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