Choosing Paint Colors for Your Office


Chances are, you spend more time in your home office than any other room in your house. That’s one reason to create an environment that’s as pleasant as possible. The color of the room necessarily factors into that, aesthetically and for other reasons, too.

Research indicates that color has a psychological effect that can vary from person to person. However, there are basics that apply to everyone and you might consider selecting paint colors accordingly.

Reds and yellows can energize an environment, a plus for artists and other professions that thrive on creative momentum.  Conversely, neither color is perhaps the best choice in high-stress jobs or in environments where people can be moved readily to anger.  And if you’re dieting, you might want to keep in mind that used in tandem, red and yellow can evoke feelings of hunger. I’m sure we can all think of at least several instances that the fast food community has capitalized on that!

Unlike reds and yellows, blues and greens are said to have a calming effect. Blues are often used in nurseries for that reason, something you might want to remember if you’re prone to bouts of mid-afternoon fatigue.

Whites and neutrals are the most popular choices but can tend to be boring unless art and other wall decor is used to offset it. There are advantages, though, too. Specifically, you’ll have much more latitude with any other design elements that you decide to incorporate.

You’ll also need to consider the color of your office furniture when selecting paint for the walls. If you have dark furniture, for example, lighter shades of paint will offset it. Another factor is the amount and type of light in your office throughout the day. Natural light will have a different effect on color than incandescent or fluorescent lighting.

If your home office sometimes doubles as a guest or media room,  that’s something to think about, too. Guests might feel more at home in a room that has some color elements that make the room more inviting.

The most important thing to remember is to choose colors that resonate with you. If you like it, that’s all that counts. Like many other things related to aesthetics, color preference is largely subjective. Another example of beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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