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Law Office Decor

March 10, 2008

As attorneys, many of us spend more time at our offices than we do at home.  But what does our office decor say about us?  Most lawyers hang their diplomas and admissions certificates on the walls.  Occasionally there is a family photo, a name plate or business card holder.  Your office may look remarkably similar to this:

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In his article Got The Right Stuff? Scott Reeves noted, “[a]sk several people what the junk in Joe’s office says about good old Joe and you’re likely to get several different answers. So, think of office decor as the first take on a person whose personality will unfold over time as the working relationship develops.”

An associate at a local firm recently started a new job and brought her office decor to work in two suitcases.  She spent an hour arranging artwork, photos, a clock, lamps, etc.  At first the other attorneys in her office questioned her decor.  How could she break from the sterile mahogany bliss?  A week later she noticed the other attorneys on her floor decorating their offices.  She explained that this was not the first work place where this phenomenon unfolded. 

Are attorneys afraid to express themselves at work?  Does our profession discourage even the slightest demonstration of a personal life or outside interest for fear that it may be perceived as unprofessional and/or a distraction from what we are able to accomplish at work? 

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Karin Eldor of AskMen.com noted, “[t]he key to decorating your office is maintaining that perfect blend of professional and personal. Always keep in mind that this is still your office, and you want it to look like a place of full concentration, especially when clients or higher-ups pay you a visit (even if you are the higher-up). But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself while you’re there, by mixing business with pleasure.”

Eldor encouraged: “[u]se your office decoration as a way to make the time spent working indoors a little more enjoyable and stress-free, but always remember to keep it professional and remain within the corporate image of your company. Remember, the more you enjoy your office, the more you’ll want to be there.”  Eldor recommended adding a personal touch by decorating with rugs, appropriate art, plants, lamps, frames and clocks.

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I’ll leave you to examine your own office.  Look around – is it sterile and boring?  Or comfortable and formal?  Are you willing to make it your home away from home?

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Four walls permalink
    March 10, 2008 1:29 pm

    I really don’t want my office to be my home away from home, especially since it really is my home away from home. *sigh*

  2. March 11, 2008 4:10 am

    My office looks like this: http://hometown.aol.com/johnmscalzi/mess0605.jpg

    msg to co-workers: i’m really too busy to worry about decor. now, stop giving me work so i can go home!

  3. John E. permalink
    March 12, 2008 3:24 am

    I’m all about having paintings, a rug and a different layout for the office. You may be part of the machine but there’s no reason why you can’t have your own gears, bells and whistles.

  4. July 15, 2010 9:41 am

    An associate at a local firm recently started a new job and brought her office decor to work in two suitcases. She spent an hour arranging artwork, photos, a clock, lamps, etc. At first the other attorneys in her office questioned her decor. How could she break from the sterile mahogany bliss? A week later she noticed the other attorneys on her floor decorating their offices. She explained that this was not the first work place where this phenomenon unfolded.

  5. malak mushtaq permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:53 am

    i need good office decoration pictures without cost

  6. boomerangzone permalink
    May 3, 2012 5:29 pm

    I love the last desk pictured in your post. Do you know where that came from?

  7. December 11, 2012 5:34 pm

    I am of the view that an office space, though its main purpose is for business, a little touch of personality added- a photo frame of family, a potted plant, would go a long way to give it that warmth that would make you enjoy the space and feel a sense of ownership (if it’s not your personal business). It is however good to remember that less is more and not to go overboard… I love that last picture..The second picture..the office is just overdone..makes me wonder if she is a psychic or something.

  8. December 11, 2012 5:36 pm

    Reblogged this on babbie's law.

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