Countless books have been written about how to boost your work productivity. But all along, you may have just needed a paint brush.
Your work environment can have an incredible effect on your energy, creativity and focus, but let's be real—most of us don't have time to read a textbook on color psychology. Instead, we asked top interior designers for their advice on the best office paint colors.
See below for their go-to paint shades, which can help promote a productive space.
“This deep dark green, in either a matte or satin finish, will bring a dramatic mood to any home office. It is a true Renaissance color! The rich saturated pigments respond extremely well to all types of light and remarkably emerge much greener than on the color card, particularly when used in well-lit rooms full of natural light. Since green is the color of growth, life and renewal, an office clad in this hue will promote calmness, harmony, a strong sense of balance, reassurance, safety and productivity, especially if green is your color.” - Keita Turner of
"We used Pointing by Farrow & Ball in our own office. It's one of my favorite off whites and acts like a fabulous Instagram filter. It gives your room that perfect warm glow that you only get with natural sunlight." - Alyssa Kapito of
"The color is deep, but not too overwhelming—as we needed a great base to work from in a creative office! One might think that too much color in an office space might be distracting, but it's actually more inspiring and motivating, while the deep blue of this hue is simultaneously relaxing and tranquil." - Kati Curtis of
"I love using dark and moody colors in separate home office spaces, especially behind French or glass doors. Benjamin Moore's Gentleman's Gray is a watery, blue-black and when the light hits it, you see lots of teal. It looks especially good in a room with ample natural light. Colors you can't quite put your finger on keep you thinking, which is perfect for a work space!" - Claire Staszak of
"As a creative, I prefer a crisp and clean palette for my office spaces. Benjamin Moore's Simply White is my favorite in this instance. It's bright, serene, and fresh without feeling too stark, which I love. Not only does a bright white space allow you to begin each day with a clean slate and a clear mind, but it also affords you the ability to switch out little details as your taste (or the seasons) shift, providing a brand new space with little effort each and every time." - Jacquelyn Clark of
“This dark bold color in the Eurolux matte finish makes a powerful statement. Its sepia tones are eye-catching while at the same time, understated, creating the perfect corporate aesthetic.” - Patrick Planeta of
“The color you choose will affect your mood and influence how you feel. Choose colors that make you happy, keep you positive, and motivated. Charmed Violet will change your vibe in your bedroom or office in a positive and confident way!” -
“This deep, rich color instantly brings some moody vibes into any home office. The saturated color is one of my favorites when you want to bring some drama into that drab home office of yours.” -
“Office life can sometimes be drab and lackluster. Add a fresh coat of light gray to keep the office light and bright, but invigorate your team with an accent wall in a bright color.” -
“I love Benjamin Moore Full Moon for an office. It’s a calming white, but still fresh and bright enough to keep you from falling asleep on the job! It also creates a nice, clean backdrop for bookcase accessorizing.” -
“I believe life should be lived in color and your work space is no exception. This rich blue has subtle tones of gray and works for every square inch of the room when you vary the sheen—walls, trim, bookcases, you name it. It provides a pleasant environment to inspire creative minds!”-
"It has that washed out café au lait color that I love. Shaded White is very saturated, so if you like a stronger color, I would go for it! This color creates the perfect backdrop for decorating. It can go either masculine or feminine, which is a nice trick for an office. I’ve paired this wall color with black accents and a black desk and some black and tan upholstery to create a super graphic masculine space. I’ve also used the same color and mixed it with lots of pretty reds and blues to create a more feminine space. It's a neutral…but a neutral with personality!" -
“There’s typically an over abundance of wood in most home offices, so I prefer to stay away from neutrals and choose a complementary color. This soft blue-green hue offsets the warmth in most woods and creates a sense of calm in an area where you need it most. It looks especially beautiful on built-in cabinetry and crown moulding for an unexpected twist!” -
“I love to use Shoreline by Benjamin Moore in a home office. Shoreline is a beautiful grey that feels light, crisp and peaceful — doesn’t that sound like the best place to work?” -
“I love blue-greys in office spaces because it gives off a very tailored and clean backdrop to the space. Super White is always a go-to, but I love to play with different tones of grey. One of my favorite selections is Silver Mist by Benjamin Moore. Different shades of grey in an office space can create a rich neutral ombré effect in a stark corporate environment that needs a boost.” - , Homepolish designer
“I am currently obsessed with Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue. I love using this rich deep blue color in a gloss finish for cabinetry in a home office or even on a front door. Mixing it with copper and other metallic finishes, makes everything feel very elegant. It also looks great on walls in general or simply as an accent wall to create a dramatic space with a more contemporary twist. It’s a dreamy shade that complements many other colors yet it is warm and soft.” - Birgit Klein of
“For office paint color, I would suggest Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. It is versatile and easy to use in a lot of different types of spaces. For an office, you want that fresh, clean and inspiring feeling. This white will give you that beautiful and airy vibe.” -
“My favorite paint color for an office is Benjamin Moore Super White. The color feels really clean and bright, which helps invigorate you and get you ready to work!” - , Homepolish Designer