Colors That Help You Concentrate
Have you ever noticed how your daily routine, business demands and family activity change when Fall rolls around? The focus changes from summer fun to kids going back to school, football season, and third quarter push on the business. Even with the benefits of time management, keeping calendars and compiling an exhaustive “to do” list, you may be only winning half the battle. Add to that the interruptions from every communication device used to manage your day and it’s no wonder it is all too easy to lose focus. We have all counted on a good cup of coffee in the morning to help wake us up and get motivated, but did you know there are other factors that can stimulate better concentration and inspiration?
Colors Affect Habit and Motivation
Studies show the color of a room can dramatically affect your motivation and productivity. Whether you are getting a student ready to go back to school or you are looking forward to working from your home office. A new color or an updated style in your office area can help form good habits and inspire you. At Southern Painting we have years of guiding our customers though the difficult elements of color selection and have learned that certain colors are tailor-made to help you focus while others tend to be a distraction.
Here’s a helpful breakdown for selecting paint colors for an office, study den, or any other space where concentration is fundamental:
Dull colors tend to diminish inspiration. Too much color results in over stimulation leading to lack of concentration. The blue and green color families are considered calming hues that foster awareness and attentiveness. With the range green and blue mixtures on the color wheel, options are endless when it comes to making customizing your color selection. If you prefer a more subdued look, we recommend neutral colors such as cream or beige. In this case, a pop of color in your furniture like a yellow chair or a piece of wall art work in tandem to elicit energy and composure.
Reduce the Stressors
Parts of our jobs are more demanding than others so why add any more stress to an already challenging day? Known to have a relaxing effect, studies show the significant benefits of reducing stressors by painting a room in a pastel color. In a room of pastel hues that presentation deadline won’t seem so daunting!
If pastels aren’t your style, we have another option! Another trick to reducing stress is to bring the feeling of being outdoors inside. For instance, paint the room a beautiful blue or a grassy green. These relaxing hues will have you enjoying your time in the office more as you have stimulated your senses with that feeling only the freedom of being outdoors can bring.
“To Do or Not To Do” – That is the Question
What you choose to do to your walls is just as important as what you choose not to do. Here’s an easy hint, avoid white walls! Nothing about painting a room white leads to creativity, stress reduction, or focus. White rooms tend to create a stale work environment. How motivated do you feel in a sterile hospital room?
We recommend that you stay away from large amounts of bright reds or oranges as they tend to cause overstimulation. Focus is vital to a study space, whether is for a child completing homework or someone working from home. Painting the walls a loud color is a detractor that could have an unintended negative impact on grades or the just getting the job done.
Accessories Make a Difference – More Great Ideas
Colors aren’t the only way to increase productivity as the school year rolls in. There are a few other indoor painting projects that can turn your space into haven of efficiency.
A couple of our favorites include:
Painting the inside of bookshelves adds a pop of energy to your office or study space without painting a whole wall. This trick is absolutely ideal to repurpose old furniture when working on a budget. With just a little paint and imagination, you can create your own custom bookshelf.
Dry Erase Your Space
If you’re looking for something a little more creative consider a specialty wall coating. Bring out the Einstein in you with a wall of chalkboard or dry erase coatings.
While you can buy one of these boards, coating the wall with one of these treatments is a more spacious and certainly a lot more fun! Specialty wall coatings are best left to a professional. No worries, we are up to the challenge and are ready to help you break through any creative block!
What’s Right for You?
At Southern Painting we know picking the perfect color or coating can be a daunting task. We also understand a color that motivates one person may be the opposite for someone else when productivity and concentration come into play. Choosing the right paint for your bedroom nook, library, study, or corner office is just a consultation away. Let us help you select the right hue for you!