Best paint shades for work at home offices
Are you setting up a new home office? Or maybe you’re just looking to improve your productivity while working at home. Paint colors can set the tone for whole room and have a big impact on your mood and productivity.
In this article, I’m going to share the best paint shades to improve your concentration and give you a more positive outlook…so you can get more done while you’re at home.
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20 Home office paint colors
When it comes to picking the best shades of paint for your home office, it’s really ideal to pick a paint color that relaxes you so you are at peak performance. But, you also want one that is light and airy (if it’s too dark, it can make you sleepy).
It is amazing what a difference the color can make on your emotional state and your productivity. My first choice recommendation would be blue as most people find this color relaxing (and it tends to work well with both light and dark hardwood floors.
Softer and lighter blues tend to work best.
Here are my specific blue shade recommendations for home offices:
- SW Mild Blue (get sample)
- SW Hinting Blue (get sample)
- SW Wondrous Blue (get sample)
- SW Cosmos (get sample)
- BM Misty Blue (get sample)
- BM Celestial (get sample)
- BM Riviera Azure (get sample)
- BM Oriental Iris (get sample)
Note: if you love a darker blue, or navy, my absolute favorite shade of navy is Sherwin Williams Commodore. Generally, it’s too dark to put on all 4 walls of an office. But, it’s awesome as an accent wall. I would then pair it up with SW Gray Screen. This is a cool gray so it complements the cool rich blue of Commodore.
Before I go over the other 2 paint colors that work well, let’s talk paint sampes…
It’s always best to test the paint colors in you own home and own lighting. The colors do look different pending your lighting and can even look different room to room.
You can definitely go to your local painting store to buy some samples (and a brush…be sure to paint with 2 coats), but I have a MUCH EASIER way for you. Check out SAMPLIZE.
Samplize offers 12” x 12” peel and stick paint samples that are EASIER, AFFORDABLE and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.
Here are a few reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients:
- Samples come right to YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, pending on location
- At $5.95, they’re more affordable than the samples/brushes/foam boards than traditional samples…and of course easier and way less messy
- If you keep the samples on the white paper, you can move them from wall to wall and room to room
They are amazingly accurate as they are made with 2 coats of real paint, so they are color correct.
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My 2nd choice color for offices would be gray. Gray is currently the most popular paint color, and it also pairs well with both dark and light floors. But, importantly, I would go with a warm gray rather than a cool gray.
As the name implies, warm grays are warmer. Cool grays tend to make the room feel cooler and can depress your mood, and that’s the last thing you need when trying to make your home office feel warm and inviting.
Here are my recommendations on gray shades for offices:
- Sherwin Williams Silverpointe (get sample)
- Sherwin Williams Passive (get sample)
- Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (get sample)
- Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (get sample)
When it comes to home offices, I tend to gravitate towards lighter grays and warmer grays as shown here.
Cool grays can make an office feel cold – both emotionally and physically. Agreeable gray veers more towards beige, Silverpointe has some green undertones, Passive has a faint hint of blue (but not too cool) and Repose gray is another mix of gray/beige, but a bit more gray than Agreeable Gray.
Blue Grays/Dusty Blues
Of course for some, doing a combo of both blue and gray is ideal. Dusty blues are incredibly popular and are also a wonderful for choice for home offices.
Some prefer to go more blue with some gray mixed in; others are more gray with some blue mixed in.
Here are my recommendations on blue grays for work at home offices:
- BM Flower Box CSP-530 (get sample)
- BM Comet 1628 (get sample)
- BM Manor Blue 1627 (get sample)
- BM Gentle Gray 1626 (get sample)
- SW Icy SW6534 (get sample)
- SW Dockside Blue SW7601 (get sample)
- SW Upward SW6239 (get sample)
- SW Windy Blue SW6240(get sample)
To get real paint samples, Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE.
Final thoughts on home office paint colors
The best advice I can give you for your home office is to pick a paint color that you love and relaxes you so that you can be super productive. Avoid colors that make you feel anxious or hungry as those may be rather distracting. Pick one that just puts you at ease.
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