Calming colours for your home office

Posted: 19th August 2020 12:38

Setting up a home office never goes well. Not the first time around, at least. There are too many things to consider and get right. Take, for example, the number of power sockets you’re going to need. Is there space on your desk for a desk fan? Is the area well lit? Have you stocked up on things like paper, printer ink (see discounted toner cartridges), pens, pencils, and coffee? Yes, coffee. The work office is designed with things in mind that you may have overlooked for your home office. Including decor. Think about it. Have you ever worked in an office painted in oppressive deep reds and blacks? No? There’s a good reason for that...
Beat the blues with neutral blue hues
Blue is the colour of the sky. Blue is the colour of the ocean. Not that our brains can feel the physical impact of the colour blue’s wavelength, but nevertheless, blue has the shortest wavelength, making it the softest colour on our eyes. Blue calms us by giving a serene spacious feel. And there are plenty of shades from which to select the new colour of your home office walls. There’s cornflower blue. Powder blue. Bondi blue. Agate blue. Cobalt blue. Deep azure. There’s even the curiously named St Patrick’s blue (which probably sits around all day looking at itself wondering like the rest of us why it isn’t green - life is filled with mystery).
Grey is a mature colour that indicates stability and elegance. Some of the world’s major brands rely on the colour grey to impress upon us a sense of dignified awe. Think of the world’s various all grey/silver automobile logos (e.g. Jaguar, Mercedes). Think of diamonds clasped in platinum bands (the most expensive type of wedding band offered by jewellers). From high-end wrist watches and private jets, to the colour of the pen that signs expensive contracts, greys and silvers are neutral, calming, and reassuring.
Wildcard options - greens and tans
Some people cannot imagine having a room painted in green or tan. However, both green and tan represent the outdoors, bringing the peace and serenity of the garden (or the forest?) into your home. And, the good news about green is that you don’t need to worry about the shade being too overbearing - for some reason, whenever you mention green as a potential colour to use around the home, people automatically assume you mean lime green. No. Something like ‘go away green’ can be used to create a sense of retreat (this colour is actually used in Disney theme parks to help the eye to pass over and not focus on areas such as waste bins and toilets).