Top 5 paint colors for your home office

Sarah Robinson
"Cozy warm light home office with navy blue walls"


If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know that your environment has a big impact on how you work. Intentionally designed spaces make it so much easier to move through your day. For example, if you do deep, focused work, you need a quiet space. Whereas a sales job might require a more lively space to keep energy levels up. The same concept applies to your home office space.

In your home office, you want to make sure you’re intentional about how you set things up. You’re in full control of the design here, so it’s a chance to really make it your own! Think about how you feel when you’re at the office—is there anything you really love about it? Is there anything that bothers you about it? Use what you’ve learned from being at the office to determine how you want to set up your own personal office space.

While the physical setup of the space is incredibly important, there’s one other key element that will have a huge impact on your work days—the colors! There’s a lot to consider when you’re choosing the right colors for your home office, so it’s not something you want to rush into.

How to pick the best home office paint color for you

When you’re ready to start planning your space, here’s what to consider when you’re choosing your color palette.

"Modern minimalist home office with white color scheme"

Look at trending home office colors

When you’re beginning to think about how you want your office to look and feel, it’s a good idea to start off with a little research. Looking at current design trends is always a good idea, especially if you’re not immediately sure about which direction you want to go with your space. Design trends are a reflection of what’s going on in the world and can provide you with a source of inspiration. So, what colors are trending for home offices right now?

Earthy hues

"Earthy inspired home office with designer wood desk and earth green walls"

With many of us spending more time at home recently, earthy colors have seen a surge in popularity. This has to do with the desire to bring more elements of nature into our homes, as a means of connection to the outside world. These colors also tend to have a soothing effect, which is ideal for those with busy schedules or have a lot of action happening in the rest of the home during the work day! Think earthy moss greens, sky blues, and lighter shades of beige and brown.

Neutrals with a kick

When it comes to wall colors, you really can’t ever go wrong with a neutral color! But keep in mind that neutral definitely doesn’t mean boring! While shades of basic white are always a good option, we love neutrals with a bit more depth. Think warm shades of cream, soft powdery gray, whites with a hint of blush pink or blue undertones, light brown with hints of pink, and darker shades of gray.

"Neutral grey toned home office with brown leather chair"

Bold and bright

Sometimes what you really need from a home work space is for it to feel very different from the rest of the house. If you want something a little more bold to keep your energy levels up, look at bringing some bolder tones into the room. We’re seeing lots of darker shades of blue and blends of blue and green, energetic purple, and sophisticated shades of pink. (Richer than pastel pink, but not overwhelmingly vibrant!)

Consider the mood of the space

When you’re in your own home, productivity can be an issue. When you’re at home, you’re more comfortable than you would be at the office, which can make it easy to get distracted. The good news is, there’s a smart design solution to help combat this—color! When you dig into color theory a bit, you’ll quickly learn that color can have a huge impact on your mood.

"Side by side image: dark earth home office & blue vibrant home office"

The brain has a strong relationship with colors, and certain hues can cause you to react in different ways. Red can stimulate a physical reaction in the body and make you feel more alert, while blue can keep you calm and improve your focus. Green is great for those who work long hours, as it can help keep you energized and may improve efficiency. Yellow is a great option for those who do creative work, as it is said to stimulate the creative parts of the brain and brings some energy into the room, much like being out in the sunshine.

If you’re thinking about setting up an office space in your home, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING is ready to help! Whether you need some advice on choosing the right colors, or if you already have the perfect hue in mind, we’ll get the job done fast so you can get to work in your new home office. Book your free, no-obligation estimate today!