Choosing the right paint colour to create a productive home office, workspace or trading hub can be tricky. There are so many important aspects to factor in, such as how much natural light the room gets and what mood you want to create in your workspace.
So to help ease the decorating process we've been in touch with interior design gurus Rockett St George, who have created a guide to choosing the right paint colour to create a productive trading space...
1. Get inspired
Like with most interior projects it's always good to do your research and explore the options that are out there. For us, this is the perfect excuse to spend hours perusing our favourite interior magazines, scrolling through Instagram, creating Pinterest boards and checking out our favourite blogs for inspo - the more inspiration we can get the better!
To help you get inspired we have created a Pinterest Board to help you choose your colour, but we also recommend getting your hands on a copy of the Rockett St George book: Extraordinary Interiors, and check out Chapter 3 for our guide to creating show-stopping looks for the home.
2. Check the compass
Although it's tempting to jump ahead to the fun part and pick your wall colour, it will do you good to make sure you have considered the room first. One incredibly important aspect to consider is whether your home office or workspace is North, South, East or West facing.
Northern facing rooms are typically colder and darker which can create an almost desolate and impersonal feeling when painted in the wrong shade… not ideal for a productive workspace. So, the trick to decorating a north facing office is to either opt for warming undertones or embrace the darkness!
Stark white, greys and blues have no warmth to them and so if you want to use these shades it's important to opt for a colourway with a warming undertone. Warming tones such as golden yellows or browns will create a cocooning feel and instantly lift the mood, whilst also helping to boost productivity.
Alternatively, why not create a cocooning feel with dark colours. It's a complete fallacy that rooms will look small and dingy if painted in a dark colour. In fact, for a North-facing room, the effect is the complete opposite. It opens the room, particularly when you paint the ceiling black! Statement ceilings are set to be a hot trend this year so why not create ceiling art by painting beautiful patterns on the ceiling or embellish it was statement chandelier or ceiling light?
South facing rooms are much easier to paint, making them a decorating delight. We love it when we see home offices that really embrace the warming tones of natural light with white and airy decor (if you are a renter this is a double bonus as your walls are already done for you!)
It's also a brilliant opportunity to go a little bit wild with your colours as South-facing rooms really work with every colour. So perhaps embrace a little colour and opt for golden yellows, ultraviolet (Pantone Colour of the Year) and beautiful blues and greens. Vibrant colours boost creativity and happiness which is ideal if you often work on creative prodjects. Even if you do prefer the dark side when it comes to your interiors, black and grey wall paint look just as great in south facing rooms, especially when the natural light pours in creating beautiful shadows.
The light in East and West-facing rooms are ever-changing when it comes to natural light. In the morning Eastern facing rooms are filled with natural light, whilst in the afternoon it's darker and cooler and vice versa for Western facing rooms. The trick here is to consider what times of the day you will be working in that room. For example, if you have a western facing office, then we advise sticking to warming tones or dark decor like you would for a northern facing room so as to create a calming and cocooning atmosphere.
3. Get moody
Another important aspect is to decide how you want your home office to make you feel. Different rooms in the home serve different functions and purposes and so it goes without saying that you don't want to opt for a bright and energy-inducing paint colour in the bedroom where the sole purpose of the room is to relax, rest and rejuvenate.
So for the home office, you want to create the very opposite of a hang out zone and create a room to get shit done. The atmosphere should be peaceful, but also inspiring. So why not create a picture wall / pinboard filled with inspiring photos, quotes, memories - anything that gets your creative juices flowing! It's a great way to help you get inspired and we recommend opting for warming, accent lighting that will create a comforting light source as you work.
4. Down to business…
Now that you've got your inspiration and chosen the right shade for the position and mood of your work space it's time to start testing. A rather good tip is to paint your sample pots on to the back of old wallpaper panels or paper and then hang it on your wall. It provides a bigger surface area so that you can get a better idea of what the space would look like, plus it avoids the extra task of having to paint over the spot patches.
Once you've decided on your colour then it's time to paint! But note before doing so, make sure you prep your walls by giving them a good clean with a damp cloth which will create an immaculate finishing effect and make sure you cover any sockets or skirting boards with masking tape as well.
5. Be brave, be daring…
Darlings, it goes without saying that this should not be a DIY project that causes you stress or anxiety. It's just paint, after all! Ultimately, you can repaint if you don't like your colour choice. Take it from us, interior mistakes happen all the time and we can all name a few times where we've painted or wallpapered an entire room only to find out that we don't like it … it happens and although frustrating it can be fixed. So be brave, be daring and have fun!