You may not think it, but changing the colours of your home office can go a long way towards improving your overall productivity. It sounds a little far-fetched, but there’s an entire branch of science that’s related to the effects colours have on our mindsets and psychology.
Using that scientific data, we’ve taken a look at just what the best colours are for a productive home business. If you’re looking hire painters to repaint your home, consider these colours for your personal work space!
What that science tells us is that colour is interpreted by personality. However, there are aspects of colours that are universal, affecting people on a basic level. Here is where the science comes into play.
Colors come to us via the light our eyes and brains process. The eye absorbs some parts of the light, reflecting the rest. The result is that we only see this “reflections” as the colour. When this hits the brain, it affects areas of the brain and even hormone production.
First, you should be looking at the intensity. How intense your choice of hue or shade will determine the difference between a nice, soothing blue and a more stimulating variant of the colour. In most cases, a strong one will stimulate. A low-saturation colour soothes.
Now, colour interpretation is personal. However, the primary colours also have an effect that should be considered.
In psychology, the primary colours are blue, red, yellow, and green. Each one affects a particular area. These occur through continued exposure but are also affected by the saturation.
Red is tied to the body. It’s why anything red seems to go faster or feel more energetic. Perhaps it’s related to how people associate red with blood, with that vital liquid that represents life and vitality.
Paint a room red if you want to motivate yourself to move in it. This is ideal for a home gym, though not so much a home office.
Blue is the colour of the mind. As the visual opposite of red, it makes sense that it also affects thoughts and cognitive abilities. Most people also find blue to be very soothing so that the reduced stress may have an impact on improved cognitive ability.
We recommend blue for a lot of mind-work, like accountancy.
Yellow is tied to the emotions, self-confidence, and the ego. This boosting effect makes it an ideal colour for a home office of the creative sort. Whether you write jingles, ghostwrite, or do illustration work, creativity takes guts, and yellow gives you that crucial boost.
Finally, green is found to have a balanced effect. It stimulates the mind, the body, and emotions in equal measure, but to a lesser degree than the “specialisation” of the other colours.
Green is balanced, so it’s neutral and doesn’t push in any one direction. However, it’s also a stagnant tone. It’s a great way to come down from a red-induced high, but not very good in other contexts.
As a final bit of information: combining colours can help. Mixing red and blue can stimulate both mind and body. A blue-and-yellow mix can make you think better and more confident in your thoughts.