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Colour may be the most important decision regarding your home office

While the most important decision of building your home office as a garden space may appear to be how large it should be, or where it should be located, there are a series of decision which are equally important but tend to get pushed further down the list.

While choosing the colour scheme for your office and arranging the décor may appear to be one of the 'fun' things to do, it can actually have a great effect on how you and others perceive your workspace, making it an important factor in everything from productivity all the way through to focus and attention. Humans respond in certain ways to certain colours, which mean they have common psychological effects.

While many people commonly associate red with anger and blue with cold, there are many more levels of the effects that different tones and shades have on people.

Reds, as well as being linked with danger, also show passion, energy, warmth and optimism. Use of reds in an office space can be stimulating, but too much can actually be stressful and even go so far as to cause headaches. It also stimulates appetite, so you may find your working day more frequently interrupted by journeys to the kitchen!

Pinks, on the other hand are slightly more calming colours, even though they're on the same end of the spectrum. If your home office is a studio for beauty therapy or massage, these colours can be very useful for areas seen by customers.

Oranges have similar effects to reds, with the same stimulating effect and warm 'feel' but without the associated problems of stress and inducing anger. It also has been shown to have a positive effect on digestion, although this may not be your primary concern when choosing office furniture!

Greens have connotations with nature and a calming effect, making people restful and secure. There is a similar concern over using blues, which have the same soothing feel, but can start to feel a little cold. If you're to use blues and greens in your home office, it's likely to be a very relaxed atmosphere but it can make people a little too laid back!

Yellows, with their sunshine tones tend to be quite energising, but too much can cause other colours to start to look odd. Our own sun produces light that isn't quite brilliant white, instead being a slightly yellow shade, which may explain why yellow has this effect.

Purples are associated primarily with royalty and opulence, originally because the purple dye was very hard to extract from sea shells. It also has links with creativity, freethinking and joy, which could be very helpful for businesses that need help with thinking outside the box and being creative. A word of warning, it's also historically been linked with magic and evil!

Browns, beiges and other wood tones have similar effects to green, but without being calming, instead it's seen as secure and stable, but too dark and it becomes depressing and even energy-sapping.

Dependent on what you want to achieve in your home office, the colours can be very important. If clients are to meet there, tones that suggest trust, stability and calm could be useful. If you require a space to be stimulating, then reds, purples and yellows could be useful. If in doubt, you could create feature walls or highlights to gain the positives of the psychology of the colours without making them overbearing. At the very least, using colour and décor as part of your working day can make your home office far more useful than the normal, run-of-the-mill deskspace!

Date: 14/09/2015 | Author: Roger Hedges