Creating a comfortable and productive home office environment can be a challenging balance to achieve. With more people telecommuting and doing independent project-based work than ever before, many are looking at options to mimic an office setting that also feels a little cozy.
Nothing says “office” like white walls. But in this case that’s not necessarily a good thing. One of the benefits of working at home is having a space that feels personal. Even though that doesn’t mean the room should contain distractions like a TV or a video game system, choosing a different paint color can help turn a space into someplace that is inviting; encouraging more time to be spent in the area.
You can take the work out of the office, but you can’t take the office out of the work. Meaning that there will be stressful days, but aspects of the environment can lessen the negative emotional impact. Choosing cool blues can be advantageous for two reasons. First, they create positive associations with calming aspects of nature. And secondly, they have a low or “chilly” temperature. When a room seems colder (even visually) people are more likely to remain attentive and focused.
For those who are seeking a workspace that’s primed for creativity, different green hues may serve them well. Green has long been believed to inspire creative thinking in all different types of working environments. Similar to blues, green has positive associations of nature and will allow people to have a personal space where they can tap into their imaginations and put them to work.
When it comes to designing the perfect home office environment, homeowners should make sure to give it some personality. But there’s always the danger of become a workaholic if the room is inviting.