Monday, January 13, 2014

Guide to home office color schemes

The office’s primary function is a space for working and storing work-related items. However, with a home office, it can be for more than just these utilitarian aspects. Depending on how you use your personal office, it may also double as your yoga room, library or even a place to hang out in. 

If you’re using your office as a library or some other living space, you may also want to introduce some warmth into the room.

The advantage of having a personal workspace is that you can decorate it according to your personal style preferences, making it more conducive to work. Color plays a huge role in home office design, as it dictates the mood and tone of the room. 

Function first

For a truly conducive work environment, choose colors that can help you focus on tasks at hand. Avoid bright colors, as these can be too exciting and distracting. Grays and blues are colors that are particularly well suited to an office environment. They add some stylish corporate sense to your room while still keeping things functional and practical. 

Add warmth

If you’re using your office as a library or some other living space, you may also want to introduce some warmth into the room. Cool colors tend to lack the cozy and warm appeal needed in living spaces. Choose beiges and warm grays for a cozier feel in your office. 

Tabula rasa

You can never go wrong with white. Having a white backdrop to your office space can be just the clean slate you need to start every working day right. An all-white room is also the perfect clean slate to bring in some bright accessories. You may also introduce organic textures and real plants for a natural vibe. 

Zesty personality

If you sometimes catch yourself falling asleep while at work in your office, adding a dash of bright color may just be what you need. Choose one accent color and use it sparingly across the room, perhaps in accessories or smaller furniture. You may also use it on a wall, but preferably on a wall behind you or to your side, to prevent distraction. - Aislinn Kee  


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