Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home Office
Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Friday, May 21, 2021
Today more than ever, we rely on our home offices. There's no sign of that changing anytime soon either, especially as the whole work model is shifting and people are finding remote work to be an efficient alternative to daily commutes. As you set up the ideal space, don't underestimate the power of your paint color choices!
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?
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. Bright, "warm" colors like red and orange should be used with caution. In fact, red paint has even been shown to increase heart rates! If you like bolder options, maybe limit them to an accent wall rather than filling the space.
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 surfaces. 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.