Do you have a home office space, crafting room, or another area of your home that you use for work or hobbies? If so, you probably spend a lot of time there, and if you’re like many homeowners, you may have neglected its aesthetics to a certain degree. Personal work and hobby rooms often get treated as afterthoughts when it comes to furnishings, paint, and decorations, but research suggests that relaxing, comfortable environments promote optimal productivity. Color provides one of the easiest ways to accomplish this, and painting projects don’t require a great deal of time. Here’s what you need to know about using paint to create productive and pleasant surroundings in your home workspace.
Avoid Reds and Oranges
A common misconception about reds and oranges is that they cause people to work faster because they’re vibrant, exciting colors. However, the opposite is actually true, particularly in small spaces. It’s okay to use trace amounts of reds and oranges for accenting, but use it sparingly. Yellow is a far better choice for those who want to bring a bit of sunshine and warmth into their home workspace. Keep in mind that too much visual excitement is distracting and can cause lack of focus.
Neutrals Are Key
Neutrals such as blues, grays, and soft greens are good choices for home workspaces because of the soothing effect they provide. You can also dress neutrals up or down depending on individual needs and preferences. For instance, if you like the soothing effect of gray tones but find them a little too drab, you can mitigate that effect by using them as a primary color on the walls while painting the trim a complementary shade of blue or green. Also, your wall color should serve as a backdrop for inspiring paints, prints, or wall hangings.
Keep It Simple
Many home workspaces are smallish rooms intended for use as guest bedrooms or children’s rooms, so it’s important to avoid too much clutter and fuss. Use color to pull the room together, and then customize the space with accents.
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