Having a home office has become essential for many of us. Even if you don’t have a separate room to designate as your workspace you still can carve out an area that is conducive to working from home. One of the best parts of working from home is that you get to choose what your work environment looks like.
But if your workspace is not calling out to you, it may be color, or lack of, that can be the culprit. Many people underestimate the impact that color can have in our work environments but color is exactly what can help to create an inviting, productive workspace.
So, how do you select color to help you be productive, energetic and eager to get to work?
How to Create an Inspired Home Office Color Palette
- Smile — Choose a color that makes you smile. Inspiration may come from a favorite color in your wardrobe, or a favorite flower (perhaps yellow daffodils or blue iris) or cosmetic (think rosy cheeks or coral lips). Choose a color that has a positive impact and your office space will call to you saying “Come on in and get your juices flowing!” Colors that make you happy in your office will increase your productivity and help keep you energized.
- No Blushing — A little bit of color can make a HUGE difference. Shy about color? Try adding some punch with accessories. How about lime green files or a yellow pencil box? In my office, I keep a stack of square notepads that vary in size in orange and pink, and an orange candle. It’s just enough color for me to see while I am working at my desk. Consider painting one wall in a saturated color and the rest of the walls a neutral. If you are not color shy, paint the whole room one color. If the color selection process seems daunting, a color consultant can help you select the perfect paint color and it’s placement.
- Lighten Up — Lighting, lighting, lighting. Bottom line, no matter what colors you use, without proper lighting, your workspace will feel depressing. Make sure you have a pretty desk lamp. Look for one in your favorite color. A secondary light source like a floor lamp or chandelier will also help. In a perfect world, a few windows will give you natural light. Having an abundance of lighting will make colors pop and neutrals glow. Having enough lighting will help keep you on task and focused so you can accomplish your day’s work.
There is a wonderful palette of colors that will enhance your home office. Just be sure to select shades that you find inspiring and easy to live with. Whether you use a splash of color or you prefer to be cocooned by it, the right colors will contribute to increased productivity, concentration and happiness.
Diane Golin, principal of Color Harmony, loves color whether it’s an azure blue or an on-trend neutral. Using her wide-ranging visual expertise, Diane develops customized palettes for interiors and exteriors for both residential and work environments. Find inspiration on Diane’s Pinterest Board.