Optimum Color to Paint My Desk?

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Q: I've had this desk for years and never really liked it, but I need somewhere to work and have decided that I might like it more if I paint it. Any suggestions on color? Is a dark or light color preferred when working? I would like to make it a dark smokey blue or a very deep red because it would be such a difference to the rest of the room, but not at the cost of getting a headache or something when working. What do you think? My room has very light colors, and there's a big window.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.