Interior Paint Colors for a Portland Home Office

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

With summer waning, we tend to turn our attention back to the interior of our homes. Whether or not we have children going back to school, this is also the time of year when we think about productivity and a new setup for our work or studying. How can new interior paint colors help with productivity for work or school?

Studies have demonstrated that various colors have different effects on our emotional and mental states. So, what are the best colors for a home office or study area? It depends on what kind of effect you are going for:

Paint Colors for Concentration

If distraction is your biggest enemy, then calming shades of blue or green are helpful. They tend to help us focus on the task at hand, avoiding time wasting and wandering attention. You can use lively shades that provide an energy boost; calming colors don’t have to be ones that put you to sleep!

Paint Colors for Creativity

When your mental faculties need expanding to generate ideas and break outside the routine, yellow and purple are great options. A vibrant green can also have this effect. These colors tend to influence us towards creative thought and they promote imagination.

Paint Colors to Avoid in a Home Office

Anxiety is the enemy of creative thought and productivity. Red, with associations of traffic lights and teacher’s corrections on essays, is not a helpful choice for a home office. Also, orange makes us think of caution signs and construction zones, so it is also not a great option.

Other Thoughts for Setting Up a Home Office or Study Space

You might not like the idea of using one color for your whole office area, especially if it is a bold color, or if the office area is directly connected to another area of the house where those colors will be visible. One way to get the colors you want without taking over the space is to use an accent wall. If the wall immediately behind or beside the desk is painted one of the colors mentioned above, it can have just the effect you want!

A cluttered space tends to cause us to feel distracted and anxious, even if it is at a subconscious level. While you are taking the time to prepare your study or work area, put some time into de-cluttering and organizing the area. That way, the things you need are all in reach and easy to find, and the messes that disturb our workflow are out of sight.

Local Painting Company for Home Offices

If you have determined to create or refresh an office area in your home, Sundeleaf Painting would love to help! We offer commercial and residential painting services to the Portland metropolitan area. Our painters are highly-skilled and detail-oriented, and we use premium interior paints, so you can look forward to a classy, beautiful transformation in your home.

As a local painting company, we also offer exterior painting, pressure washing, concrete cleaning, wood refinishing, and much more. Contact us to find out how we can help you make the most of your Portland area home.

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
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