Change Your Mood With Your Home Office Color

By the time many of us get around to decorating the home office, it's easy to be a little out of decorating steam. It's easy to feel that the rest of your home is more important, but did you know the color of your office can actually influence your productivity? Make the most of your time and pick the perfect color!

Although we're not the end all when it comes to color therapy (though there is a whole slew of books at your local retailer on the subject), we do have a few basic tips when it comes to boosting your energy or making your office a great place to relax at the end of a long day.

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Blue: This color can be used one of two ways, it can either be painted over all 4 walls in your room and keep you high strung, or painted on just one wall as an accent and it will give you a more calming presence. Try balancing it with live plants for the freshest space possible.

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Green: Is right smack dab in the middle of the color spectrum and pairs great with cool and warm colors alike. It's a great way to give a space a more natural feel, just make sure to pair with wooden accessories or even a sisal rug to round things out. It will energize and revitalize without feeling too perky (as long as you stay away from the brighter and more lime end of things).

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Lavender: Although it sounds girly by nature, lavender is a great way to calm the senses at the end of a long day. It can be easily dressed up with white, yellow, or even a cool steel grey to bring it back on the manly side of the scale. If you have a stressful work life, this is a great way to still get some work done without feeling frazzled at home.

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Brown: Brown makes your space feel smaller, but more importantly puts emphasis on the artwork in your space. Because it's neutral it makes all those bright pops of color stand out and although that doesn't really have much to do with your mood, it can make you smile a bit more when you're able to show off those beloved pieces you took the time to purchase and frame up!

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Yellow: If you're looking for high energy, high productivity and a real spark in your room, yellow is your color. It's great for busy bees, especially those who work from home and need to get the most out of the hours spent in their office chair.

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Red: Even though some of the worst Trading Spaces episodes on TLC were ones with red rooms, when the color is toned down just slightly it makes a great space for interaction and conversation. It can be warm and inviting and if your computer room or home office happens to be smack dab in the middle of your living room, this can be a great direction to turn!

What color is your home office? Let us know below!

(Image: Matthew's Sculptural Home Office)

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.