My office looks like crap, and I've never done anything to improve it. Now I have the chance for a new desk and new paint, but I don't know what to ask for! Help me not end up with something just as dreary as the current version.
I have been using my current office for 2 years. I spend about half my time there, which is mostly me working on the computer but occasionally I need to have a small group meeting or interview someone there. I have never put anything on the walls or bookshelves, in part because at first I wasn't spending much time there and in part because it took me a long time to get over the feeling that the office was my former boss's. You can see it here 1
BUT! A while back I interviewed someone who will be my boss in the future, and the barely veiled incredulilty with which she viewed the place was a bit of a kick in the pants. I don't want to seem like I've got one foot out the door.
In an unrelated repair initiative, I have been offered a new desk and a new paint job. The desk will be made to my specs out of gray laminate material (seen here
in someone else's office). Also, a while back I interviewed someone who will be my boss in the future, and the barely veiled incredulilty with which she viewed the place was a bit of a kick in the pants.
So far here is what I have in mind:
Right now the computer is directly opposite the door so my back is to the door, which I don't like. I'm thinking of moving the computer so the monitor is on the wall to the right of the window. the CPU can be mounted on the desk and the printer can be moved under the desk.
That's about as far as I've gotten. How much desk space should I get? (I am a "horizontal filer"/piler, although I am trying to curb these tendencies, so having some but not too much is probably desirable). Where should I put the filing cabinet and the bookshelf? Should I keep the table or replace it with one of those peninsula things like my coworker has? (I think probably no--I like the democratic aspects of having the table rather than being behind my own desk). Should I get some of those cabinet things that my coworker has? I'm not sure I need them since I mostly just work on the computer, but it might be nice to have a place to stash my coffee mug and the occasional food presents from students.
What color should I paint? Currently it's all white. My instinct is beige, which...well, that's why I'm asking you all instead of doing it myself. The carpet is kind of a standard office-carpet low-pile melange of browns. They asked me if I wanted an accent wall, which sounds appealing but mostly just makes my head hurt when I think about trying to choose a color.
What else can I do to make it a little more individual while remaining professional? Right now the sole personal effect is a picture of my son that sits on the filing cabinet. I have some stuff that can go on the walls (my diplomas and a piece or two of art that currently don't have homes in my apartment) but other ways of making it look both professional and individual would be great. Is there anything I can do to make that table and chairs a little less hideous maybe?
As you can see I would not get very far as an interior designer. I'm feeling a little paralyzed with indecision here and would love some suggestions/help.