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Office Paint Colors for Productivity

Whether your office is at home or in an office building, chances are that you spend quite a lot of time there. While the color of your office walls may seem insignificant, the truth is actually the opposite.  

Different colors have a specific effect on the brain, and some colors can help boost your mood and productivity! Have you ever noticed that your dentist’s office is painted a light, soothing color? Well, that’s intentional. The light color is intended to help keep patients calm and relaxed. Because colors can play such a big role in our mood and emotions, choosing the right color(s) for your office can help transform it into a hub of productivity.  

The Best Office Paint Colors for Productivity 

It’s probably no secret that bright, bold colors like oranges and reds are energetic colors that are designed to pump people up in fast-paced environments. But for a home office, they can be a bit too much, especially if your office also doubles as living space when you’re not working. A better choice for your home office would be colors like blues and greens, which are energetic, but in a more calming way. This makes shades of blue or green ideal home office paint colors. 

Go with a lighter green or blue hue if you want to pick a color on the neutral side that also works with your décor. For example, Organic Green| SW 6732 by Sherwin-Williams is a perfect choice. This earthy, muted green is a great neutral base that also provides a calming, productive workspace.

Organic green paint color sample  

However, don’t be afraid to go with darker shades like this rich blue Turkish Tile | SW 7610. Darker shades can work well for a home office, as long it’s a color you’re happy with too. 

turkish tile teal paint color sample

If you’re looking to create a quieter atmosphere that is ideal for letting your creativity flow, you may want to opt for colors in the beige and cream range. Neutral colors work great because they are not distracting, yet provide a pleasant, soothing background that can enhance your creative thinking. A great neutral backdrop color is Shell White | SW 8917 by Sherwin-Williams.  

shell white paint color sample

Paint Colors to Avoid in Your Home Office 

Now that you have a few ‘paint colors for productivity’ options for your home office, here are a few colors you might want to avoid:  

Yellows: Although yellows may seem joyful and happy, most experts advise against them because they can be overstimulating. This can create anxiety, which is the last thing you need while working from home, or anywhere else for that matter!  

Whites: For some, plain whites can trigger the brain to make connections to sterile or institutional environments, which, again, can cause anxiety. Hospitals and doctor offices often use white to imply a clean, sterile environment, but you probably don’t want your home office space to have that same look and feel.  

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a color for your home office is to choose a color, or colors that you like, makes you feel comfortable, productive, and works with your existing decor. If you go with something that doesn’t inspire you, your home office isn’t going to be an inviting, productive space. That’s why it’s important to choose your color(s) wisely. If necessary, take a little extra time to find the paint color(s) that inspire you and one that fits your personal taste. 

Need Help/Advice Choosing 

Color plays such an important role in setting the mood and tone of a space. Choosing the right color(s) for your home office can help you create a workspace that makes you feel relaxed, inspired and productive throughout the day. Once you have decided on the perfect color(s) for your office reach out to the local pros at Five Star Painting. We offer interior painting services that can get it all done, so you can continue being productive. Give us a call at (888) 261-3633 or request a free estimate online.