Put Your Space to Work With Color

When it comes to DIYing a work-from-home space, it’s no secret that color is one of the first places your mind goes. Instead of asking what color your home office should be, the better question to ask is how does it need to function for you? Everyone’s looking for a color that boosts productivity, but that color won’t look the same for everyone.

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Colors that Calm

Sometimes there’s no way around the stresses we experience in a day – but we can be mindful with color’s ability to diffuse stress while improving our mood and well-being. When you’re working with numbers or doing mind-work all day, a space that calms you is where you’ll be most productive. Using lighter shades of blue allows you to create an environment that relaxes you throughout the workday. While blues are a popular go-to for a calming workspace, they’re not the only colors that soothe. Dustier shades of beige, green and gray can also have the same effect thanks to their muted tone that puts your mind at ease and stress at bay.

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Colors that Create

Give your home office the ‘aha’ feeling you get when inspiration strikes. When you’re using your right brain to get creative, you need a space that gets the wheels turning. Creatives can reach their full potential when the room they’re working in is as colorful as the ideas they’re creating. Vibrant shades of yellow and orange bring an energetic vibe that keeps your spirits optimistic as you work through the creative process. Even if they’re only used as accent colors, these fun-loving hues add the perfect amount of mental stimulation and confidence to get the job done.

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Colors that Concentrate

Diving into details? Detail-orientated work calls for a space where color helps you focus. Boost your concentration and your productivity by exploring low wavelength colors like green. Not only is this easy-on-the-eyes hue a great option if you’re putting in longer hours, it also brings a sense of balance when you’re juggling multiple tasks. Deeper shades of blue are also a low wavelength color option that can help you focus when you have a higher workload. Consider pairing these two colors together to create a space that’s designed for optimal concentration.

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