Color for Your Office

While we all may be drawn to certain colors, a strategic plan is necessary when you want to design an office space that promotes productivity. For example, my office (shown above) has a neutral base of cream and gold complemented by a fuchsia chair and matching sofa accented with multicolored throw pillows. With this color scheme, I was able to achieve a harmonious balance of vibrancy, optimism and relaxation so that I can get a lot done. Here are a few color tips to consider to increase productivity in your office space.

Blue is good for mind stimulation and being at ease. It’s the most popular color to increase work performance.

Green can be relaxing, causing you to focus better while working. Lighter shades are less invasive or intense. One way to incorporate green is with natural items like plants. Add plants that are potted in brightly colored containers to make the room pop.

Too much color tends to negatively affect emotions. People become more anxious, combative, irritated and annoyed after being in rooms with walls painted in bold colors. In small doses, however, warm colors are great for stimulation. Add these colors to the room with accent fournishings, pillows or wall art.

Neutral walls are the perfect foundation to design a color-productive room. White walls reflect more light, create a more spacious feel and usually put people in an optimistic mood. If white seems too sterile to you, opt for eggshell, very pale lavender or a hint of peach.
Accents throughout the space create a balance of color. Accentuate a blue room with yellow for a dose of optimism and concentration; add red to a gray room to provide a jolt of energy. Accents help to create harmony in the space so that you can be most productive.
Lighter shades of blue mixed with tans can be very inviting. Highly saturated, bright colors will stimulate your mind and body, but continuous exposure can agitate you. Softer, muted colors will keep you calm and balanced.

Glossy paints reflect more light and can irritate the eyes after a while. Matte paint absorbs light, allowing you to focus better.

Designer Stacia Pierce, CEO
Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises

Categories: Home Design