Color Choices for Your Home Office

Dated: January 15 2024

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Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, January 15, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas County

While the concept of working from home is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic made the arrangement almost a necessity, leaving homeowners the option of either reconfiguring existing space or building new space.

According to RE/MAX realtor Estelia Mesimer, buyers in the market for a new home have turned to properties that already include offices, as they continue to work remotely even though their offices are open. For sellers, recent research suggests that adding a home office to your property can increase its worth by as much as 10-percent.

Estelia Mesimer, RE/MAX Metro: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas County

Color Considerations for Your Home Office

It’s a fact that the colors surrounding your home office space can impact your productivity. So, the first consideration in choosing a color should be your profession. Are you in a high-pressure, deadline driven job? Then you might want to go with cooler colors such as light blue and sage green. Or are you someone who regularly needs a boost? Then warmer colors such as yellow and red might be right for you. There is no right or wrong color palette – rather it is your personal preference. Another consideration is the amount of natural light your office gets. You might want to paint large swathes around the room to see how your color choice looks on each wall and how it changes throughout the day.

Psychology of Office Paint Colors

An article titled “The Psychology of Office Paint Colors” written by Harry Dizon lists the following colors and the moods they strike.

1. Earthy Tones When it comes to creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in your workspace, earthy tones like brown and green can be a great choice. Earthy tones bring warmth and a sense of grounding to any office space. The natural hues of brown mimic the colors found in nature, while the touch of green undertone adds freshness and vitality.

If you have wooden furniture in your office, earthy tones complement them perfectly, creating a harmonious and cohesive look. These warm undertones also help create an environment that promotes productivity and focus. Earthy tones are also versatile enough to be used in both casual and professional settings, making them suitable for any type of work environment. So why not consider incorporating these calming and rejuvenating colors into your office space?

2. Calming Blues To create a soothing and peaceful atmosphere in your workspace, consider incorporating calming blues into your office decor. Office paint colors have a significant impact on our psychology and can greatly affect our stress levels. Blues, especially lighter shades, are known for their calming properties that promote relaxation and tranquility. When surrounded by calming blues, you may notice a decrease in anxiety and an increase in focus and productivity.

To enhance the calming effect of these colors, make sure to maximize natural light in your workspace. Natural light not only complements the blue hues but also boosts mood and overall well-being. Soothing blues combined with ample natural light can transform your office into a serene oasis where stress melts away, allowing you to work more efficiently and peacefully throughout the day.

3. Energizing Hues Surrounding yourself with energizing hues can boost your mood and increase your productivity throughout the day. When choosing a color scheme for your office, consider incorporating energizing colors that promote a sense of vitality and enthusiasm. Energizing colors like bright yellows, vibrant oranges, and bold reds are known to stimulate energy levels and enhance focus. These intense colors can create an invigorating atmosphere in your workspace, helping you stay motivated and engaged with your tasks. However, it’s important to balance these energy colors with cooler tones such as blues or greens to prevent overstimulation. Cooler colors can provide a calming effect that helps maintain a sense of tranquility while still promoting productivity. By selecting an office color scheme that includes both energizing and cooling hues, you can create an environment that inspires creativity, fosters efficiency, and maximizes your overall well-being.

4. Feng Shui Colors Lucky Colors for Your Home Office Colors for attracting wealth, prosperity, good reputation, and success are gold, red, green, and purple. So, it is recommended to decorate your office mostly with them.

BOTTOM LINE: Investing in a suitable home office space may cost homeowners hundreds to thousands of dollars initially, but it will pay for itself over time – and in today’s real estate market, is an excellent selling feature.

Related Links:
What Do Home Buyers Want? |®
The Rise of the Home Office: How Remote Work Affects Home Buyers
Home Office Life: Making a Space to Work at Home, by Lisa Kanarek

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About the author: Sharon Fennell Kennedy is a real estate blogger for The Mesimer Team – REMAX/Metro in St. Petersburg, FL and grant writer specializing in non-profits. She enjoys antiquing and repurposing flea market finds, yoga, walking and reading. You can connect with Sharon on or

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