Celebrity interior designer Christopher Lowell recommends a laptop upgrade rather than using a desktop computer at home. For those who use a desktop computer, the challenge is to keep the computer conveniently located without detracting from a room's decorative appeal.
Setting up curtains and room dividers to hide the computer creates a cubicle effect. Hide a desktop computer with a living screen and a miniature room screen to keep a decorator touch and prevent the computer from dominating the room. The University of Minnesota recommends plants for cleaning indoor air. Add plants for camouflage and a healthier room.
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Things you need
- Large potted plants, such as palms or ficus trees
- Desk folding screen
- 2 large decorative paperweights
- Potted plant, tabletop fountain or statue (optional)
Create a living screen to hide the desktop computer from other areas of the room. For example, to hide a desktop computer in the corner of the living room, set up an L-shape group of potted plants around the desk.
Line up two to three plants on the short side of the desk and three to five potted plants on the long side of the desk to hide the computer from view. This allows you to see the rest of the room through the foliage while using the computer and allows in some light and air circulation. Plants create a softer effect than walls.
Add a folding desk screen to the desk to hide the front of the computer when it's not in use. It folds up when you don't need the screen. Set up the folding screen with its hinged panels at angles so that it stands up securely, removing the desktop computer from view.
Set large paperweights in front of the desk screen at each end of it. This helps to keep it from falling over in a draft or when doors open.
Add a potted plant, fountain or statue in front of the folding screen to change the computer desk into a decorative focal point.
Tips and warnings
- Office supply stores carry folding screens for desks.
- Select items to decorate the desk that are easy to move--avoid anything heavy that will be awkward to deal with every time you want to use the computer. If you have bright, indirect light, bromeliads provide long-lasting colour for a computer desk.
- Some desk screens are made of paper. Do not place paper screens near incandescent or halogen light bulbs, candles or other sources of high heat or flame.
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