There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing paint colors besides just taste preference and aesthetics. How will the color “match” the rest of your home? What type of décor style or atmosphere are you trying to create?
In a home office or den, your decision may be even more important, since the ambiance you create may affect your productivity and ability to work efficiently. That’s right, colors are powerful! Let’s take a look at some of the best colors for creating certain moods that are especially pertinent to offices and dens.
If you work in an artistic field, yellow might be a good choice. Yellow is stimulating and can help give your brain a creative boost.
While many people might shy away from something as bold as red, it is the color of passion. This exciting tone may help rev your internal engine, making it perhaps a good color for a salesperson in particular.
On the other hand, some people crave more calming environments for their workdays. Shades of blue are great for creating a more tranquil environment. The coolness of blue shades has a calming effect. You may want to consider blues if your job is especially stressful and you need your workspace to balance it out.
Green is also another calming color, and it reduces eye strain. If you spend the bulk of your day staring at a screen, green might help ease your eyes during those crucial moments you can look away. A paler, more muted green is better than a vibrant shade.
For the minimalist, shades of gray are among the best paint colors. Gray is much less stark and sterile than plain white, but it is still neutral enough. Grays are perfect if your mind tends to run in a lot of different directions or you have trouble focusing.
But let’s not bash white too quickly. White can make a room feel more open and airier, which is especially good if your workspace is small or doesn’t have good natural light. It can also be good if you want to surround yourself with sources of inspiration by hanging quotes, art, or photos on your walls; it is literally a blank canvas. There are many shades of white available, so if you want something with a slight tone, you should have many options.
Some combining of colors might be a good idea if you’re hoping to create a balanced atmosphere (for example, both energizing and inspiring, but low-stress and calming at the same time). That said, you want to make sure that you choose colors that will match well; otherwise, the overall effect might be jarring. Consider consulting an interior decorator before putting colors on the wall.
Creating an accent wall can also be a great option for a home office or den. Choose one wall or part of a wall or room and paint it a different color from the others. Be sure to choose a matching neutral tone for the remaining walls. Again, an interior decorator can help with that.