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Colors That Help Make Working From Home Easier

by Dan Martin 2 years ago in work
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Working from home can be great with an amazing environment. Learn the colors that can help you work better from home.

A lot has happened on this rollercoaster ride we call 2020. For one thing, a lot of workers have transitioned from working in an office to working from their own homes.

Some of us happen to enjoy working from home because it is much more comfortable (working in your pajamas is the best). It's also safer for us; we’re able to observe social distancing guidelines and still stay on the job.

Unfortunately, not all of us share this same sentiment.

Many of us find it harder to focus at home because of the multiple distractions that we have around us. Be it our tempting bed, the refrigerator, the comfy sofa, or other talkative, noisy household members, it’s too easy to get sidetracked.

But now, leaving home and heading to the office might not be an option. So how do you make your current environment more conducive to working steadily and productively?

It's simple!

Finding the right color for your surroundings can actually help you create an ideal home office setting. This simple tip can help you stay focused and engaged in your work.

What Is Color Psychology?

First, let’s talk about the science behind colors. Then we'll address how colors affect your behavior, emotions, and productivity.

Color psychology is the systematic study of color as it pertains to human behavior. Colors tend to have meaning based on the context in which they appear, and the attributes and emotions we associate with them.

It is also important to note that colors may have different meanings to different people. These differences would be rooted in our upbringing, culture, geographic location, etc.

Color psychology affects us more than we’ve realized.

It's often used by companies to aid in marketing strategies to appeal to their target audience. It's also what visual artists, cinematographers, and art directors count on to help influence what you feel when you view their work.

How Can Color Psychology Help Job Productivity?

It seems too good to be true that something as mundane as color can increase productivity. Let's talk about a few studies that were conducted that have proven how color can help contribute to improved job performance

Studies have shown that colors help stimulate brain processes without people actually noticing.

In an experiment conducted by Kwallek et al, workers were tested on a 20-minute typing task when switched from a blue room to a red room. It turned out that people made more mistakes in the red room compared to the blue room since red may have had a stimulating and distracting effect.

In another study by the same author, workers made significantly more errors in a white room compared to a red room. In the study, it was noted that the saturation of the red and green room was more distracting compared to the white room. This made the participants narrow their attention to the task at hand because they tried to ignore their surroundings.

If colors helped the participants in these studies, then we can make use of this information for a better workspace at home.

Which Color Is Suitable For Your Home Office?

Now that we’ve got the basics covered, let’s go to the fun part.

Choosing the right color!

Let’s talk about how each color helps influence our emotions and behaviors. We will also explain what kind of work or jobs are able to maximize the effects of these colors.

1. Red

Red invokes feelings of excitement and strength. It's associated with desire and passion as well. In movies and animations, you can always notice that red is for those intense moments that always lead up to something big.

It is also worth mentioning that this color makes people hungry. This is why a lot of restaurants have at least a dash of red in their corporate identity logo

As a very stimulating color, it usually gets you going, gets you all fired up. This can be of benefit to jobs that need a lot of energy or for a look that needs to be eye-catching.

Jobs that can potentially benefit from this color:

  • Online ESL teachers
  • People in the marketing department
  • Customer service

2. Blue

As a naturally cool color, blue is associated with relaxation and calmness. It's usually associated with cool waters and blue skies; a look and feel most people enjoy.

It's associated with comfort and deep thought which is why large social media companies have blue in their corporate identity. At the end of the day, they want you to feel relaxed when you use their platforms.

Choosing a light shade as in the picture above from nycpainters.com is a good shade of blue that is light enough to make the room look bright and calm. Avoid using deep blue colors because it might make the room dull and sad since blue is also associated with these feelings.

In contrast with red, not a lot of restaurants use blue in their corporate identity because it suppresses the feeling of hunger. Instead, it's used in buffets to help calm down excited and eager consumers so they take less food and eat more slowly.

Jobs that can benefit from this color:

  • Accountants
  • Researchers
  • Product developers
  • IT teams

3. Yellow

Most people associate the color yellow with happiness and laughter because it's the color of the sun and the beach. It has a sense of positivity to it that a lot of people can identify even from a distance. No wonder Joy is colored yellow in the movie Inside Out.

You can bring out feelings of cheerfulness and optimism with these colors because of its right mix of brightness and warmth. If your job demands you to have a positive vibe around you, then this might be the color for you.

Jobs that can benefit from this color:

  • Social workers
  • Guidance counselors
  • Preschool teachers
  • Sales executives

4. Green

Green is associated with balance and stability because we normally associate it with the natural color of plants and forests. It is also good for relaxation, meditation, and speech development.

Surprisingly, green is also a good color to address eye fatigue! This is especially helpful if you're staring at your screen for hours upon hours. Adding house plants to your workspace is definitely a good idea.

Jobs that can benefit from this color:

  • Management
  • HR department

5. Orange

Orange is a mixture of red and yellow and because of this, it evokes a mix of feelings reflecting those of the two colors mentioned. It helps engage people and get them going.

It also gives the impression of cheerfulness and friendliness which is why a lot of brands in the food industry use this color to make their brand look “fun.” The enthusiasm of this color makes people feel inspired and artistic as well.

Jobs that can benefit from this color:

  • Painters
  • Graphic artists
  • Marketing executives

Key Takeaway

Colors are not only nice to look at but also a very effective way to increase productivity.

Deciding on the purpose of the room helps you to identify the best color for the space. Be guided by what kind of feeling you want to evoke and it will be easier for you to choose the right color for the right setting.

If you're on a budget, popping the right colors into your workspace can also do the trick. Put a plant here, change the curtains there, and you're good to go.

It can be tough to be productive at home but health and safety are a priority right now. Do what you can to make sure that you stay as productive as possible in the comfort and safety of your own home.

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About the author

Dan Martin

Dan has hands-on experience in digital marketing since 2007. He has been building teams and coaching others to foster innovation and solve real-time problems. Dan also enjoys photography and traveling.

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