Design Recipes: Cathy’s Home Staging Secrets – Does Your Home Office Need A Color Infusion?

December 10, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

Does your home office zap your energy as soon as you step through the door?

A home office should be a place that you enjoy working in, not a drab place that’s devoid of life or color.

While the office is usually one of the most neglected rooms in the house, incorporating some color into your office can help to add life, and energy back into your workspace, and help to make it a place that you enjoy working in. Incorporating color into your office isn’t hard –and can be a lot of fun. When you step into your new office that’s vibrant, and full of life, all of your work will pay off.

Ensuring that you get a healthy dose of color infusion, without going overboard on too many colors requires a delicate balance. It’s a good idea to choose one –or two, main colors, and then fill in with complimentary colors, or neutrals such as black, white, or silver.

Here are some ways that you can use color to inject some life and personality into your office…

Wall Art

City Square II Contemporary Abstract Framed Wall Art
View: City Square II Contemporary Abstract Framed Wall Art

Adding wall art is a great way to add color into your office. When choosing wall art, try to have an idea of what kind of design style, or overall feel you are trying to convey. If you’re uncertain, abstract or modern minimalist art styles go well with most modern offices, and will complement the rest of your office décor.

Accent Wall

Vibrant colors are great, but painting all of the walls in one, bright color can create a ‘box’ effect leaving you feeling trapped in. An accent wall a great way to inject some color into your office -just make sure you choose a color that you will enjoy looking at! Slate blue, grey, black, red or vibrant orange like Cathy’s Optimistic, are all great choices for office accent walls.


Etruscan Turquoise Decorative Pot
View: Etruscan Turquoise Decorative Pot

Plants are a great way to add some soothing and beautiful color to your office. As a bonus, plants also help to purify the air, and have been shown to reduce stress. For additional color, choose colorful and trendy planters to add color, and boost the atmosphere in your office.


Tura Modern
View: Tura Modern

Lights are a great way to brighten up a dull office. Colorful wall sconces, pendant lights, or table lamps are an easy and affordable way to add extra lighting, and extra color to your home office.


Evara Accessory
View: Evara Accessory

Accessorizing your office can be an easy way to add color, without breaking the bank. Penholders, frames, coasters, organizers, and file holders are all great ways to add some extra color. When accessorizing, try to stick with your main or complimentary colors to ensure everything goes together.


Moxie Modern Office Chair
View: Moxie Modern Office Chair

Finally, if you’ve budgeted for it, or if you’re in the market for new office furniture, look out for furniture that’s practical, supportive, comfortable, and colorful.

Your home office should be a welcoming, and energizing place. Use these tips to brush off the drab, and jazz things up. With a little color, you will soon have an inspirational office that you will look forward to working in!

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