When painting any room in your home, it’s important to understand the effect that those colours will have on your emotions, your energy and your focus. Personal tastes aside, colours tend to evoke specific responses in us, oftentimes without us being aware of it. When it comes to a room like your home office, the psychology of colour is particularly important to pay attention to. Choosing the right colour for your home office space can end up maximizing your productivity and minimizing your stress, making working at home a more rewarding experience. Check out our colour psychology cheat sheet:


Blues, greens and violets

These are cool colours, which are said to promote feelings of peace and relaxation. While these chilly hues are perfect for a bedroom, a bathroom or perhaps even a living room, they are counterproductive in an office setting. Most shades of grey also fall under the “cool” categorization.



On the other end of the spectrum, yellow is an attention grabber. Yellow is associated with energy, optimism and activity, which could work in some office settings and not others. If you have a job that relies heavily on your continuous focus, yellow can end up being disruptive and can sometimes result in feelings of anxiety. That said, for creative professions, this bright, sunshiny hue might be the perfect fit.



Red is a colour chock full of drama and energy. It isn’t recommended to use a colour as severe as red in a home office setting because of the strong feelings it tends to evoke, but again, for designers or other like-minded creatives, using red accents in the room could actually be beneficial. Find yourself easily bored? Consider a red artwork, an area rug or a lampshade.



Purple is ideal for those who are creatively inspired, but also crave tranquility. If this is you, try a warm shade of lavender.


White and shades of off white

White and other such neutrals tend to be associated with cleanliness and openness, making them perfect for professionals who simply need to concentrate. These colours are also associated with vitality and energy, while maintaining association to relaxation and calm. Warm shades of grey could also have a similar calming effect.



The colour green has a universally organic association, and it can even be argued that green is something of a neutral. Green means nature, freshness and vitality, which are all positive associations in a home office setting. Green with undertones of yellow is inoffensive to the eye and can promote restfulness, concentration and feelings of balance.


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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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