Fall Colors in the Home Office
Coolest shades of season energize work, study spaces, according to SICO paint
Fall means back to work for adults and kids alike. What better time to update your home office or study area to boost not only your décor, but your family’s productivity as well? That’s the message of leading brand SICO® paint in unveiling its fall 2016 palette.
“Fall is a time of new beginnings, and this season’s pick-me-up shades are perfect for infusing new life into work areas—from vibrant reds and blues to grayish greens, sun-kissed yellows and classic black-and-white combinations,” says Geneviève Paiement, brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG.
Topping the list of the Sico paint brand’s coolest autumn colors are: Sockeye (6063-73) and Sun-dried Tomato (6057-85) reds, New Moon (6009-73) blue, Grand Piano (6210-83) black, Citrus (6098-54*) yellow, Cool Current (6199-42) green, and Furtive Mauve (6175-21) and Grayish (6240-21).
“The palette includes trending colors that match every taste. But when selecting hues for home offices or study areas, it’s important to also take into account the user’s personality and the type of work that will be done in the space before committing to a color scheme,” Paiement says, explaining that color choices may affect both a person’s mood and work performance.
For example, if you’re seeking stimulation, motivation or creativity, choose warm and cheerful hues such as reds and yellows, Paiement suggests. If you’re easily distracted, she recommends surrounding yourself with soft, muted colors that promote concentration, such as grey-blue, grey-green, pale purple or beachy taupe.
“For those in doubt, stick with green, the most popular and safest choice when it comes to painting a home office,” Paiement says, citing Zen Green (6168-73) as the Sico paint brand’s top green pick for a home office. “A deep green with a hint of gray, Zen Green promotes both a sense of calm and rejuvenation at once, delivering an excellent backdrop for thought development and productivity.”
Paiement offered this advice to refresh your work space with this season’s palette:
Mix it up: A home office or study area is a perfect place to have fun with color. Try using two or three paint colors to add interest. For smaller areas, stick with different shades of the same hue to infuse character while visually enlarging the space. Use painter’s tape to create patterns such as chevrons, stripes or squares on the wall to tie multiple colors together.
Go beyond walls: Reserve vibrant colors for furniture and accessories to create a distinctive look for your work area. The edge of a bulletin board, a filing cabinet, desks or chairs can come to life with a fresh coat of paint. Use energetic colors, such as the Sico paint brand’s Citrus (6098-54*) yellow, in surprising ways, such as on alternating desk drawers, a lamp base or the back of a bookshelf, and even inside drawers and cabinets.
Maximize space: If your home office space is at a premium, use color tricks to visually open up the area. Consider painting walls and trim the same color. Painting built-ins the same hue as the rest of the room will make the shelves appear as if they are floating. Another way to fool the eye and make the room look bigger is by painting the bottom half of the wall in a darker shade than the top half. If your office space is part of another room, paint your desk wall a standout color and add an area rug to define the work area.
Match your style: Choose paint colors according to the overall theme of your home office, including furniture. If your desk and accessories are modern, stick with grey tones—such as the Sico paint brand’s Furtive Mauve (6175-21) or Grayish (6240-21)—as well as whites and blacks, and accent the room with bursts of color. If you prefer an antique or rustic feel, go with the season’s popular golden yellows, reds or brown sand tones to preserve their charm. Surround yourself with favorite keepsakes, such as books and art pieces, which can serve as inspiration and bring more color to your space.
To view Sico's fall colors, get inspiration from home décor bloggers and use a leading-edge virtual tool to try the colors in your own or in sample room settings, visit www.sico.ca.