This list of the best, most stylish desk accessories is a little selfish, as it comprises all the white, gold, and acrylic office supplies that I stock in my own home. Away with dowdy black accessories and in with modern, elegant pieces. After working from home (err, couch) for the last two-and-a-half years, I want my office to feel like an extension of my aesthetic. So I’ve been on a relentless quest to replace plastic file bins with chicer versions (like this stunner from Ballard Designs) and make my Zoom background look equally snazzy. Plus, the prettier the space, the longer I’ll want to stay there working, right? Right…
1. Ballard Designs Livy File Box, $159
There’s nothing (and I mean nothing!) exciting about organizing paperwork such as taxes, pay stubs, and other important documents. The one thing you can control? Making those forms look good. That’s where this contemporary file box comes into play. It’s made of high-quality acrylic and accented with gold handles, giving it a modern vibe that will make you want to put it on display (and maybe, just maybe, tidy your forms once and for all).
2. Klo Gold Rechargeable Bluetooth Mouse, $14.99
Swap out your clunky black mouse for this minimalist gold version instead. It works like a charm and looks like one, too. Helpful hint: Don’t throw the included cord away; you’ll need that to charge it up when the battery runs low after a day of work (not that I’m speaking from experience. Definitely not).
3. Acrylic Monitor Stand $22.99
Ease eye strain and look good on video calls all at once with this acrylic riser designed for laptops and monitors. It comes in two different sizes, so choose the one that works best for your setup.
Plan a month’s worth of social engagements with this sleek number finished in acrylic and bronze. Fill in events, meetings, and appointments with a dry-erase marker, and wipe it clean at the end of each month.
Keep outgoing mail, important documents, and notepads organized with this handy, dandy acrylic organizer that hangs from the wall using, what else, but acrylic hardware. It measures just over one foot long and six inches tall, and is both functional and fashionable.
Magazine files often veer towards clunky and, let’s face it, ugly, but these wire organizers are good as gold. They’re made from high-quality steel and include label cards on both sides so you can keep track of magazines, notebooks, and more.
7. CB2 Solid Brass Studio Pencil Cup, $14.95
This is a far cry from the zip-up LL Bean pencil case that you clutched in middle school. Designed by Fred Segal and made from solid brass, it will be–without a doubt–the most glamorous pencil cup to ever grace your desk.
For the ultimate collection of acrylic and gold office supplies–sensing a theme yet?–turn to Russel + Hazel. This set includes four desktop essentials: a calculator, stapler, scissors, and a tape dispenser, all of which come in a chic gold-and-acrylic combo. What else do you need?
If you’re sprucing up your office with white and gold accessories, every little detail counts. So your pens shouldn’t be an afterthought, right? We love these white-and-gold pens from Poppin, maker of our all-around favorite office supplies.
10. Article Beacon Brass Table Lamp, $69
Early mornings and late nights spent at the home office require stylish, gentle lighting. This brass table lamp has a midcentury, industrial vibe I love. And at less than $100, you don’t need to put in overtime.
11. West Elm Metal Loop Objects, $24
Dress up stacks of books in your office with this simple gold object that adds a pop of pizzazz to a space that generally feels like a dull one.
12. Banana Bookends, $80
Food lovers and bookworms alike won’t be able to resist using these gold bookends to support your favorite cookbooks, novels, and coffee table reads.
If you’re anything like my husband, that means that at any given moment, you’re frantically placing coasters down on every surface in sight to prevent pesky water rings from forming. These gold hammered coasters do just that—and look glamorous while doing so.
14. CB2 Elton Brushed Brass Tissue Box Cover, $34.95
Cardboard tissue boxes stick out like a sore thumb in an otherwise thoughtfully curated space. This solid brushed-brass cover will conceal the boxes and keep your office looking well-designed and totally cohesive.
Basic gold paper clips are the icing on the cake– if the cake was a stack of boring documents–and make reading and organizing those forms a little more fun.