Color profoundly influences how we do things. Those include our mood, professional conduct, performance and productivity in an office setting.
If you’re designing a home office at the moment, you’re definitely planning to put paint colors very soon. But you may be wondering what type of color should be the right one for it. You can call for a professional painting service for color consultation, or you can do your own research by looking at interior design magazines or explore many office interior color ideas on the Internet.
The general rule of thumb is that light colors are ideal for smaller spaces as they make them appear larger, while darker colors are ideal for bigger spaces as they make them appear more snug. But if you have more trouble which exact colors and hues will suit perfectly for your home office, this article is here to help you out with color suggestions. However, your paint color choice can also depend on the current accent pieces of your home office as well as your personal preferences.
The following colors are best used as the primary colors for your home office:
Blue is considered as an “intellectual” color as it represents truth, wisdom, logic and communication. It also gives off a calming effect and provides an emotionally comfortable and stable impact on an average worker who’s usually had too much of the office drama. Blue should be used as a primary color in your home office, as it will enhance your sense of focus as well as good communication with your colleagues via Skype.
Green, like blue, has a soothing and calming effect. Green is all about harmony, balance, growth and reassurance. This color is more suitable for occupations where creativity is enforced. Say, if your job is an architect, graphic artist, fashion designer, website content writer, interior designer, floral decorator, musician or a cartoonist working at home, green should be the primary color of your home office. Since green is easy on the eyes, this is ideal for jobs that require long hours.
White is a no-brainer choice especially if your home office is particularly tiny, as this color provides an illusion of a bigger space. It also represents cleanliness, perfection and practicality. You may be surprised to find many shades of white – cream, off-white, beige, eggshell, and even something called “cosmic latte.” Another great thing about white is that it is a versatile color – you can pair your all-white office space with something that brings a pop color such as a red beanbag chair, a vase with colorful blooms, or a big framed reproduction of a Van Gogh painting. Or you can go with the classic black-and-white or brown-and-white motif if you want.
Brown is a natural color – the color of earth, wood and chocolate! This is often an underrated but highly effective color, as long as the perfect shades are chosen. The darker tones of brown give the whole space an earthy and comfortable feel, while the lighter shades give off warmth and make excellent neutrals. Brown also represents stability, reliability and security. You can see many offices which are accented with browns, such as desks and cabinets. Contrasted with the crisp white, brown hues will be more highlighted and enhanced.
Here are the following suggested colors that are best as accent colors, or should be used only in moderation:
Red is a color of passion and energy. But too much red can make one aggressive, irritable or angry. Red can also make you stressful and may make you distracted especially if your job requires attention to detail. So if you want some pop of pep and excitement to your office space, you may reserve red as an accent color for the walls.
Yellow is known as a happy color – the color of sunshine. This color induces stimulation and creativity. But too much of yellow can incite feelings of anger, irritability, aggression, as well as fear – almost all those negative emotions! It may be okay as an accent color but not as a primary color, as yellow can make it hard for you to concentrate because of the energetic vibe that this color gives off.
Orange the color of energy, enthusiasm and stimulation. Although it is not as aggressive as red, too much of orange can be overwhelming, so it is best to use in moderation.
While blue is suitable as a primary color, it still depends on the choice of the shade. Of all tones of blue, turquoise is the one that should be avoided. While it catches your attention initially, it becomes too intense, leaving you probably too overwhelmed and distracted.
Purple is often associated with passion, luxury and romance. It promotes deep contemplation, which can be beneficial if your work requires focus. It strikes a perfect balance between the energy of red and the calmness of blue. However, you should use this color carefully, as the wrong shades of purple can have a negative effect on your mood and productivity.