On sunny summer days, it can feel excruciating to be sitting at an office desk with no sunlight when you could instead be sipping a margarita with your toes in the sand or soaking up the rays in your local park. This is why it's the perfect time to give your desk décor a seasonal pick-me-up. Add in some pastel tones, introduce a plant or two, style a new desk lamp, and you'll be on your way to getting those fresh summer vibes—even if you can't spend the day in the sun.
So how do you begin your office makeover? Start by clearing up your entire surface (it's never too late for some good old-fashioned decluttering), and pick wisely what you choose to keep. Then, start adding fresh office décor and storage for miscellaneous items and important documents. Once it's spruced up, voilà: You'll have a beautiful and inspiring desk to sit at, from the gloomiest days to the sunniest. And to help you get started, we handpicked 14 summer-inspired desk design ideas you'll love year-round.
Below, read on for the best office desk décor ideas to spruce up your workspace.
String of Dolphins
There's nothing like a potted plant propped on your desk to bring the outdoors inside on days you're stuck working long, dreary hours. This string of dolphins plant is easy to care for, drought-tolerant, and thrives in direct sunlight (so it's helpful to prop it on the windowsill when you leave work for the weekend). Style it in a pot as it begins to grow, and repot it in a hanging planter above your desk when it's mature enough to trail downward.
Next Page Planner Collection Set
Is your current planner home to everything from your grocery lists and appointment calendar to your upcoming career goals? Get organized with this pretty bundle of three powerful planners that make writing lists, jotting out to-do's, and marking appointments an absolute joy. Brownie points for the soothing color.
Courant Wireless Charger
Get rid of messy phone charging wires that clutter your desk, and instead opt for this wireless dock that's sure to up your office style. With a built-in tray for small necessities, you'll have a simple place to store your favorite items and easily charge your phone without the hassle. It's also built with a bonus USB outlet on the back for additional devices.
The key to decorating your office desk without creating clutter is adding tiny, cheery pieces like this adorable yellow vase by Delish Glass. Style it alone or in a set with other yellow pieces, or choose a few varieties from Delish's colorful options. Either way, this bright, modern vase is going to bring a smile to your face every time you sneak a peek at it.
If you're not big on fresh flowers, find a few faux styles that complement your décor, or dry your favorite blooms for a look that lasts year-round.
Metal Dome Table Lamp
When you're stuck in a cubicle that gets very little natural light (or your work hours tend to stretch late into the night), you need a desk lamp to brighten up your space. This tiny-yet-mightly retro dome lamp can bring plenty of light to your space with a classic style—and it doesn't hurt that it's very affordable. Pair it with vintage brass accents for an elegant finish, or opt for modern décor to mix and match designs.
Acrylic Desk Tray
If you haven't used a desk tray before, you're in for a pleasant surprise. From holding your stationery knickknacks to helping you organize your office paperwork, this multi-tasker is not just functional, but also extremely stylish. It's also a great place to set down your keys when you get to work, hold small accessories, or even store your favorite office snacks (because what's a workday without a few treats?).
MyFlavour Drinking Bottle
It's hard to stay hydrated when your calendar is full of back-to-back meetings and deadlines. Here's an incentive: fresh flavored water all year round. This Eva Solo water bottle comes with a skewer for adding fresh fruits and herbs to regular water, making the task of staying hydrated an absolute pleasure, while the durable strap makes it easy to tote around.
Accordion Pro Filer
Stay on top of your paper game with this nifty filer that comes with multiple compartments to organize your documents like a pro. As for the bright colors? That's an added bonus—and it's especially helpful to color-code various sections to find important papers with ease.
Original 1227™ Brass Desk Lamp
This pretty task lamp in blue is a powerhouse when turned on, and a vibrant pop of color when turned off. Designed by an automotive engineer, it was made to create the perfect amount of ease when adjusting the light. Glide the brightness around your stylish office desk with a simple smooth touch to keep everything work-related in view.
Strike Gold Document Holder
Imagine this minimalist acrylic organizer neatly stacked with folders, mail, and sheets of paper regally sitting atop your tidy desk. Arrange each opening in sections to easily find different documents, and enjoy the shimmering gold finish to bring a pop of character to your space. Style it with sleek, modern décor to complete the look in your office.
If you have a large variety of papers to organize, buy several organizers and arrange them in a row along the back of your desk to keep your working surface clutter-free.
Dotted Ceramic Vase
This vase is perfect for fresh flowers and propagated plants alike. Style a stalk of lavender or herb stems, or trim the bottom leaves from a fresh plant cutting (like your favorite trailing plant) and fill the vase with water. You'll have an artful piece of décor to dress up your workspace, and propagated plants will thrive thanks to the pottery's large opening.
Marble And Gold Metal Maxwell Letter Holder
From stacking your tablet to your miscellaneous folders, this minimal-yet-stylish file holder can dress up the most drab of office desks. With a marble finish on its base, this piece will bring a touch of elegance to your workspace. Arrange items in order from tallest to shortest, and back to front, to view all your necessities with ease.
Codefiy Pencil Holder
A touch of gold goes a long way in lifting up the dullest of workspaces. This sleek, multipurpose holder is roomy enough to hold your favorite pens and highlighters to even paper clips and staplers. With a sleek finish, it'll bring a bright shimmer to your desk for an uplifting feeling all day.
If this isn't the cutest plant you've ever seen, we don't know what is. Pilea peperomioides grows thin vines with small, delicate round leaves. Pick a pot in your favorite color, and watch these cuties thrive even in medium light conditions. Just make sure you water them once every week.