How to Paint an Office a Color to Promote Creativity

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Color can affect a person's mood in a positive or negative way. Although each color generates different feelings in different individuals, there are some that are more often associated with creativity. When choosing from this category of colors, it is best to also consider the effect of the color on certain aspects of the room, such as size and the amount of light filtering in. For instance, a small, dark room can stifle creativity, but a bright color can make it feel airy, which will help the creative process.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint swatches
  • Paintbrush, roller, or airless sprayer
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Select colors associated with creativity. While opinions vary as to which colors definitively enhance creativity, general studies show that yellow and blue are more favorable. According to Science Daily, subjects were twice as creative in a blue environment than in a red environment. Color specialist Leatrice Eiseman claims yellow stimulates the imagination.

  • Consider colors associated with the things you enjoy. For instance, if you enjoy the outdoors, then a shade of green may be the color that will inspire creativity for you in your office.

  • Select a light color for the ceiling. A dark color will make the room feel smaller and could stifle creativity. Conversely, light colors give a feeling of openness and freedom, which promote creativity.

  • Choose a shade. Compare paint swatches in shades that are different from the color you have selected. Hold each against the walls to determine which is best. You can find paint swatches at home and garden stores.

  • Prepare to paint. Remove the furniture from the room or cover them with drop cloths. The floor should also be covered. Remove wall plates from switches and electrical outlets. Use sandpaper to remove any rough or peeling paint, then use a sponge and soapy water to clean the wall of any extra debris. Let it dry completely.

  • Paint the walls and the ceiling with the colors you selected for each. Use a paint brush, roller, or airless sprayer to apply a coat of primer. When the primer is dry, apply a coat or two of the paint. Let the it dry completely before returning or uncovering the furniture.

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