Experts Agree—This Is the Best Paint Color to Inspire Creativity

Updated 05/06/19
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It's no secret that your environment has a profound effect on your mood—there's even a whole science dedicated to color psychology and the ways in which specific hues influence emotions. Thanks to office supply company Quill, we now know how certain paint colors affect our professional productivity levels as well.

According to the company's infographic, the four primary psychological colors include red, yellow, blue, and green. Red affects the body, blue affects the mind, yellow affects self-confidence, and green affects the balance between mind, body, and emotions. Each of the four colors also generates a specific office temperament that lends itself to various skill sets.

Green, for example, is the best color to boost creativity, inspire innovation, promote harmony and balance, reduce anxiety, and reduce eye strain in an office environment. If generating enthusiasm and creating a high-energy work environment is your goal, try incorporating the color orange into your office color palette. Red is seen as the best color to implement in a late-night office spaces, while yellow is stimulating and promotes a sense of optimism. Finally, the color blue has a calming effect that is most conducive to brainstorming sessions and promoting a sense of trust between co-workers.

What color would you paint your home office? Share your thoughts below.

This post was originally published on July 25, 2016, and updated by Sacha Strebe.

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