You’re uninspired, bored, and not feeling productive. We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s hard to pin down exactly why we feel this way, and it can leave us wondering what’s missing.

Guess what: your solution might be as simple as picking up a paintbrush! 

In fact, our environment can have an enormous impact on our mental health and productivity. Color has the power to greatly affect your mood.

Knowing how a paint color will change the vibe of the room is, indeed, a bit of trial and error but there are a few tips that can make your life easier and allow you to know what to expect. 

When choosing your new office paint colors,

How To Choose New Home Office Colors To Create The Perfect Space

Your walls, just like any tired, worn-out part of your home, might need an upgrade. Walls are an often overlooked source of happiness in our lives and they’re easy to change up!

Fixing up a room with a new paint color can completely change how the room feels and can give you a new perspective when working from your home office. Think of the last time you walked into someone’s home and felt an immediate sense of calm, inspiration, or spark of creativity. It likely had something to do with their wall color! 

But choosing the perfect paint color can be a daunting task and it can be easy to push it off. After all, how do you know how a color will look once it’s on the wall? How yellow is too yellow? How much is this going to cost?

Here are our top 3 tips to make it the only room in the house you’ll ever want to spend time in.

Choose a bold color for a home office that inspires and energizes you

1. Match The Color To How You Want To Use The Space

You might be motivated to snatch up color swatches of all your favorite colors and start there. However, it’s best to be a bit more methodical with your color choices.

How do you use your home office? How do you intend to use it in the future? These are questions you should ask before flipping through a color book.

For example, if you work from home full-time and are in your home office up to 8 hours a day, choose a color that you love and that makes you feel happy and motivated.

If you use your home office only occasionally, as a place to retreat from distractions and focus, choose a calming color like a cool grey, green or blue. A calming home office color can be exactly what you need to declutter your mind and focus on the task at hand! When planning out your color pallets, it’s helpful to try to think in terms of feelings. Go with your gut! 

Once you pin down how you want to use your home office, you need to consider other physical factors like the room size and layout.  

large gold home office
The size of the room and amount and type of lighting will affect your color selection

2. Size Matters When Choosing Office Colors

Light colors work well for smaller spaces, as dark colors can make a small room feel like a tiny, claustrophobic box. Alternately, if you’re working with a large space that you want to feel cozier, a dark accent wall can draw things in. 

Also, think about the natural light situation in your home office. If you have no windows, or a window facing another building, you want to stick to light colors only.

A dark color in a dark room will only make space feel gloomy and uninviting. If you have tons of natural light, saturated darker colors as an accent wall can be a fun and experimental addition! 

modern home office with black cabinets
A bold cabinet color is nicely offset by a softer contrasting wall color

3. Blank Slate Or Bold Statement?

Your working style and personality matter when choosing a paint color too. Do you like to sit and contemplate ideas in a decluttered, airy space with few distractions? Alternately, are you a daring thinker that draws inspiration from your surroundings? 

A blank slate office space is great for someone who needs little distraction in their day-to-day. Painting your home office white, tan, or light grey can provide some much-needed breathability in a room. Additionally, light colors can also create great backdrops for pin-boards, pictures, and shelving without being too “loud”.

If you find creativity from the world around you, choose a bold color that will ignite the fire. A bold, daring color can also differentiate the home office from the rest of the house, providing a physical separation from work and home life. This can be helpful for those that are easily distracted!

Choosing a saturated pink, yellow, blue, grey, or orange, for example, can provide the statement walls you need. Don’t be afraid to try an accent wall as a compromise.

If you’re just starting out and want to browse endless options, the internet is a great resource of style and design ideas for your home. Then, you can pick up paint swatches and samples from a hardware store in your area and test them on your walls.

Sage green home office with white cabinets
Natural light and soft colors create a relaxing home office environment

Final Thoughts On Choosing The Perfect Office Color

Your home office can be as playful as an art studio, or as serious and no-frills as a library. It’s your choice! 

You can always hire a design professional to help you pick paint colors, but also know that’s it’s easy and fun to do it yourself too! Ultimately, the home is your space to do whatever you want with it. Throw caution to the wind and try something new! You might just be surprised by how much you love your new home office. 

And the best thing about paint? It’s temporary! Don’t be afraid to mess up, as there’s always time for a re-do. 

Need some extra help, advice, or want to schedule a free estimate for your new office colors? Contact us!

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