How to Decorate Your Home Office

By Ellen Gefen

There’s nothing like the back-to-school season to get you in the mood for shopping for new school supplies. With the kids back in school, you’ve probably been scouring the aisles scooping up the supplies (and sales!). Now that the kids are all set, it’s your turn to spruce up YOUR office with some sensational supplies. These 5 must-have goodies are essential for a stylish home office.

Think about it: are you using boring manila file folders to organize your papers? Or maybe your storage system could use a redesign. It’s important that your home office be as beautiful as it is functional. Studies have shown that having an attractive home office can actually boost your workplace productivity, The Guardian reported. That’s why making an investment in some key pieces can put you on track towards a more effective (and fun) workday. So take a look at these 5 must-have items that will not only make your home office more stylish, but help you work better, too.


Paper Source has fantastic file folders in an array of styles at a super affordable price point.  My favorite?  The Shanghai file folders, which are right on trend with what’s hot in home fashion this year. Plus, they’ll make doing all that extra paperwork prettier—and more bearable.


In order to work successfully, you have to have a calendar to keep your appointments organized.  Dry erase calendars are great, but they can be bulky or institutional in a home office. WallPops has a variety of dry erase calendars that are cute, functional, and compact.

Desk Tools

Sometimes the most mundane essentials—such as staplers, tape dispensers, and pencil holders—are overlooked in the office. However, you can make a potential fashion statement (and keep your documents tidy) with this sleek mint green stapler from a trendy line called Poppin. They has a cool collection of desk tools to keep you efficiently organized.


I have a tendency to let pencils, pens, paperclips and rubber bands accumulate on my desk. That’s why I was excited to see a storage option that wasn’t boxy or boring!  See Jane Work has loads of office organization supplies, such as desk caddies, and other storage bins and boxes that might even match some of your home’s décor, too.

Paper Trays

The biggest clutter culprit in any office or study is paper.  Stacks pile up or are shoved to the side, and often it takes months to finally get around to filing or organizing them.  You can save yourself some desk space, (and a whole lot of frustration, too), by using paper trays to help sort your papers.  SemiKolon has a chic collection of brightly colored paper trays that will make organizing a breeze.

Your workspace doesn’t have to be boring!  Spice up the look of your space, and you’ll bask in the beauty of your home office — and be more productive, too.