It doesn’t matter if you have a cubicle or the corner office—working in a comfortable, relaxing and personable space makes doing your job much easier. Everyone has their own working style. Some of us are neat and tidy and others are, let’s face it, slobs! I once shared a home office with another designer whose desk was piled so high with paper and notes, she continually lost things. I always left my work space clear and organized at the end of the day. I prefer to start work the next day with a clean desk.
If you happen to fall into the sloppy category, I suggest hanging cork boards on your office wall. Pin work orders, messages, photos and even spreadsheets for easy access. When the project is complete, take it down and start over. With a few store-bought cork tiles and a secondhand framed art like the one I picked up above, it’s easy to create a customized cork board to suit your office and style.
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Step One: Paint the Frame
Remove the glass and picture from your frame, and then paint the frame with spray paint. Choose a color that goes with your office decor, your personality or simply a color that makes you happy. If your office is decorated in plain old neutral colors, go bright or bold for a change. Almost every paint company chooses a new palette each year. One of Behr’s trend colors for 2016 is Coralette, a pretty coral shade. It’s fresh and bright, making it a good solution for an otherwise dull office.
Step Two: Cut the Cork Tiles
Cut the cork tiles to fit the frame. The frame I found happened to be 12-inches wide, so I only had to cut the second tile to fit.
Step Three: Secure the Cork Tiles
Secure your tiles with duct tape or craft glue. I used duct tape to hold the cork in place. If you want to be really neat, you can cover the back with kraft paper.
Step Four: Decorate!
Don’t stop there. Embellish your cork board with decorative tape or ribbon. Ribbon will require glue to stay in place. If you choose tape, be sure to use look for a high-tack tape that will stick to cork. Give it personality and pizazz. After all, it will hang in your work space and should reflect who you are.
Interior designer Merri Cvetan is an accomplished crafter in addition to heading up MEC Design Studio in Wisconsin. Merri writes on both design and crafts for The Home Depot. To research cork boards and more wall decor available on Home Depot's Home Decorators Collection website, you can click here.