Is there any more painful of a compromise than having to live in the presence of a pasta pile of cords, cables, and wires around the desk? Even in the era of the laptop, wi-fi, and mobile devices, the desk often ends up perpetually cluttered by the accoutrements of our digital lives intruding upon our decorative ideals. Fortunately, there are a few simple techniques to Command+Z the visual eyesore of peripherals from view from any home office:
Blend It In
There are instances where no matter the effort or planning you’ll just have to live with a visible cord or cable in sight. A simple trick is to either paint the wall to match the color of the cord/cable (or vice versa), reducing them to a mere suggestion. The dark hue on Matt Carollo’s apartment walls illustrate how effective blending one into the other can be, the cord of his wall mounted swing lamp the last thing you’d noticed amongst his gothic console collection.
Hide It In Plain Sight
Of course, the ideal desk offers nary a cord or cable in sight. Alas, the truth is we need and use certain devices requiring plugging in on a daily basis, and it isn’t always possible to hide the unsightly elements behind or under something. So why not hide it all in something instead? The Bluelounge CableBin is especially effective at handling the art of tech concealment.
Your mouse and phone have long been cordless, so why isn’t your printer, external hard drive, and keyboard also liberated from being leashed all of the time? Just be sure to store any wireless-enabled devices with access to sufficient air flow, as all electronics are susceptible to overheating. When going fully wireless isn’t an option, consider a single cable connection device like the LaCie Sphère, an external hard drive which operates sans power cord. One less cable or cord is a small victory.