As we’ve found ourselves spending the majority of our time in our homes over the last year, the boundaries between work and play have never been more unclear. With our households rapidly turning into home offices, whether that be via a dedicated room or adapting a current casual living space, there’s been a sudden need to create the perfect environment to work in, through decorative tweaks and the addition of designer wallpaper to create inspiring feature walls.
For a lot of us, the colours that cover those four walls can have a massive effect on our mood and productivity. With various options of linking colors with emotion, you might be wondering what the best way to utilise these ideas might be. That’s where we step in – read on to find out more.
Yellow X Grey
When it comes to colours, a great place to start is finding out what Pantone’s colour of the year is for 2021. This year, Pantone have actually put forward two colours, dubbing the decision:
“A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”
The marriage in question is the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, a warm shade of yellow. These two independent colours come together to merge both practicality and solidarity with a sense of warmth and optimism – two things that we need now more than ever.
Choosing wallpapers that feature this colour combination will help you to bring feelings of thoughtfulness into your home office, as well as a sense of positivity that comes from the benefits of sunshine. All of this will create an encouraging environment that’ll help you to get your work done without dwelling on being stuck at home every day.
The most minimalist colour of them all, wallpaper that is predominantly white in colour will help to brighten up any room, not only a home office area. This minimalist approach will help you to stay focussed on the job at hand, as well as making your home-based work environment seem more spacious and, to a certain extent, cleaner. If you’re finding yourself conducting your business out of your living room, then being able to create a more spacious effect through wallpaper choices will most definitely be an advantage.
If plain white is a little too boring for your tastes, then not to worry, as you can also find white, ivory and off-white patterned wallpaper. An ivory damask wallpaper can create balance and a more modern looking work space, with an almost floral weaving pattern that is often found in silk.
If you’re looking for a little more stimulation when you sit down in your quarantine office then red could be the perfect colour for your wallpaper revamp. As one of the strongest colours to choose from, red wallpaper could add a high level of energy to any space, no matter how big or small.
Different shades of red can give off different forms of energy, and your choice should depend on what you need to amplify in your work space. For example, a brighter cherry-toned red in your wallpaper will stimulate your senses, whereas lighter tints of red can create a more exciting mood. If you’re aiming to create a more mature setting to help you work from home, then darker reds are certainly the way to go.
If you’re finding yourself feeling stressed in your home office space, then opting for a blue wallpaper can do wonders to create a soothing and tranquil environment to help you to keep your mind focussed. A soft, pastel blue is the ideal colour to inject calmness into your work space; feel free to choose pattern paper if you prefer a little more detail on your walls, as long as light blue is the main colour you will still stand to benefit from the calming effects.
Adding onto the ideas explained above, fresh tones of greens can also be used to forge a relaxed atmosphere. With this, we’d recommend going for a green patterned wallpaper, as the addition of the pattern will keep you engaged, and ensure that you don’t end up feeling too relaxed.