Color your home of­fice pro­duc­tive

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - REAL ESTATE NEWS/PEOPLE ON THE MOVE LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency It’s widely known

that color af­fects our moods. Reds are en­er­giz­ing, while blues are calm­ing. But there’s a lot more to the ways color can in­flu­ence us. When used in a home of­fice, for ex­am­ple, color can help you cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to work­place ef­fi­ciency. Care­fully se­lect­ing col­ors to match your work style or in­ter­ests could make your work­day more pleas­ant and pro­duc­tive.

Each color could be said to have its own mood. Yel­low is a cheer­ful, bright hue; but if you don’t like yel­low, it could have a de­press­ing ef­fect. The same is true of blue. While blue shades are thought to be re­lax­ing, blue is also widely con­sid­ered one of the best color choices to en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity. If you’re a low-key per­son, how­ever, be­ing sur­rounded by blue in your home of­fice could slow you down. A brighter op­tion, such as orange, might bet­ter spark your en­ergy and cre­ativ­ity.

The feel­ings col­ors can in­voke range from tran­quil­ity to sta­bil­ity, en­ergy and joy. If cre­at­ing a grounded, tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment in your home of­fice would help you be more pro­duc­tive and less scat­tered, opt for woodsy shades of brown and taupe.

Gray is a good op­tion for cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere of calm so­phis­ti­ca­tion. This neu­tral shade works well in the busi­ness world for its toned down sim­plic­ity and as­so­ci­a­tion with in­tel­li­gence, wis­dom and au­thor­ity.

If cre­ativ­ity is cen­tral to your job, pur­ple reigns supreme among col­ors re­puted to in­spire in­ven­tive­ness and imag­i­na­tion. Varied tones of pur­ple, rang­ing from vi­o­let to laven­der, make won­der­ful op­tions for writ­ers and artists.

If you need to con­cen­trate, white or green are good choices to in­spire men­tal clar­ity and the abil­ity to cut through clut­tered think­ing. Green is a color of har­mony, re­newal and growth. If new projects are a big part of your work­day, green is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with re­gen­er­a­tion. Pair­ing greens and blues of­fers an es­pe­cially nice way to be both pro­duc­tive and for­ward think­ing.

To kick-start your en­ergy on the job, opt for vi­brant col­ors in your of­fice like red, fuch­sia, or pink. Red has long been as­so­ci­ated with en­ergy and power, but if you’re an over­achiever, it could just make you feel tense. In­stead, opt for a sub­dued shade of red that won’t over­whelm.

Wine and ma­genta are good choices to make your workspace feel friendly and en­er­getic. And one of the most pop­u­lar col­ors to­day is a deep pink. Per­haps be­cause of its as­so­ci­a­tion with breast can­cer aware­ness, this shade is not just for lit­tle girls and toys. Used on an ac­cent wall, or for the whole of­fice, pink im­bues a friendly, op­ti­mistic and happy feel­ing, which could be help­ful for main­tain­ing a bet­ter out­look on the job.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her Web site,­lo­tuslet­ter. com.

(c) 2013 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­buneCon­tent Agency, LLC.

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