Painting Your Home Office
A place of motivation, productivity, creativity
If you’ve been following our posts and blogs, we often bring up how a particular interior painting color in a room can affect your mood. When combined with light, or lack of light, colors can make you feel uplifted, or somber, or inspired, or bored. We want to elaborate on that a bit and apply it to one particular room in your house…your home office or “designated space”. Whatever you want to call it, it’s your space to work, craft, create, produce.
Let’s say your space is a home office. Now if you are lucky enough to work from home full time, then you’re probably spending a lot of time there. Or you may drive to work, drive back and then to pick up where you left off with unfinished work. The question is - does your office space help or hinder your productivity? Home offices can be the most neglected spaces in our homes, messy and unfriendly environments for inspiration, driving us to work anywhere but in the actual office, like the couch, or kitchen, or bedroom (bad idea!).
Let’s think about what you need that space to do. Its function and yours. Are you crunching numbers, doing analytical work? Perhaps you need to be somewhat isolated and away from distractions. But what if you are a writer or graphic designer? Maybe a space that motivates you and inspires creative thinking.
So taking what we know about color and light, and we’ve determined the function of your home office, let’s put some ideas out there for achieving that balance.
Making the Right Color Choices When Painting Your Interior Work Space
For those of you who need a non-distracting place to do analytical type of work like research, reports, drafting, finding focus in your home office is critical. We think the first thing to consider is the paint color. Some favorite non-distracting colors include neutrals, blues, and greens. Some research suggests green is an effective wall color to increase concentration and blue has a calming effect.
Light colors are not only calming, but they create great backdrops for pin boards, pictures and shelving without being too "loud" for a space where concentration is important. You can never go wrong with white shades for a home office. Also in regard to lighting - use a balance of task lighting and ambient lighting with appealing light temperatures so that the office is equally functional and visually comfortable.
If you are using your space as a place to unleash your inner free spirit as a writer or designer paint the walls with a high-gloss paint in a bright shade, one that is exciting, but not overwhelming. Decorate with anything that tells a story, like some pieces you picked up on your travels. Add a bold, patterned rug. And situate your desk or work table near natural light, where you can also look outside for inspiration.
We hope these ideas sparked some thoughts about the form and function of your home office/designated space but one other thing to consider is how your colors and décor fit with the rest of the of your home. Our expertise in interior painting wall painting allows us to guarantee that we will find the most cost-effective and efficient solution for you. Contact us at (251) 621-1100 and let’s get started, so you can get back to work!