The 6 Best Home Office Paint Colors

Did you know that a paint color can actually impact your productivity? This is why it’s so important to choose the right home office paint color. Since many more people are working virtually from home now, it seems as though our office spaces are more important than ever. It’s a great time for a home office makeover

It’s super important to have a space we can be productive in, while also feeling calm and relaxed. Choosing the best paint color for a home office is crucial to the overall feel of the room. It’s important to choose a paint color that will inspire you and get you motivated!

Aside from our kitchen, our office is one of the most used rooms in our home. As you know, my husband and I own our own business which requires lots of work in front of a computer. When we built our home, we wanted to make sure our office was a place we felt both relaxed and productive. One of the first decisions we made visually about our interior was our home office paint color.

Sample Before You Paint

Before you invest money in gallons of paint, it’s extremely important that you sample several paint color options first. You can do it the old-fashioned way, which is time-consuming and messy. Or you can use Samplize to order large peel-and-stick paint samples with accurate color representation.

If you are remodeling or planning a build, here are a few home office paint suggestions you may want to check out. We have also included one of our favorites, which we used in our own office.

Sherwin Williams Inkwell

For our home office paint color, we chose Sherwin Williams Inkwell. Inkwell is a very dark shade of blue. The color blue is supposed to stimulate the mind and make you more productive. I have to say, I feel pretty productive when I’m working in my office versus other areas of our home.

The darker color also offers a classy look with lots of integrity. It is a color that can be paired with earthy tones as well as brass accents.

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Another one of our favorite darker colors that would be great in a home office is Tricorn Black by Sherwin Willams. That is if you don’t mind going really dark. We have used this color for accents in our home, but never an entire room. We do love it, so I can only imagine how great it would look for an office.

Tricorn Black again offers you that modern, elegant feel. It is a rich, neutral black that definitely makes a statement.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is a very safe, neutral paint color to use in an office. It is a lighter color with a calming vibe. Repose Gray is also easy to decorate with because it is so neutral. It sometimes can pool a hint of blue which creates a clean look. This makes it perfect for a home office area.

Sherwin Williams Greenblack

I fell in love with Sherwin Willimas Greenblack when I saw it in Studio McGee’s home office.

Credit: Studio McGee

While the color green offers balance, calmness, and reassurance it is also very beautiful. This green is very dark, almost black. It is often used on cabinetry, but as you can see it is a great moody color for an office. It is again one of those dark, sophisticated colors that will also make a bold statement.

Farrow and Ball Lichen

Lichen from Farrow and Ball is like bringing the outdoors into your home. It is a muted, subtle green with underlying blue tones. Its name is actually derived from creeping algae. This is truly a calming color that is perfect for an office paint color.

Sherwin Williams Creamy

Sherwin Williams Creamy is another we love and have used in our previous home office. Even though we love dark moody home office spaces, we realize it is not for everyone. So if you are looking for something lighter, this is the one.

Creamy is white with very warm undertones. It is just the right balance between white and cream. Because it is on the creamy side, it tends to pull just a bit of yellow giving it a very creative feel. Yellow stimulates emotion bringing about feelings of happiness and joy. We could for sure use a dose of this during work hours.

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  • Reply Megan Lusby

    I am planning on painting our office SW inkwell. What paint finish did you use and did you use the same finish for the walls and trim. What are your thoughts on painting the ceiling the same color?

    September 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Great choice! We used flat on the walls and semi-gloss on the mouldings and millwork. We thought about doing the ceiling dark, which I think would look good. You can see a dark ceiling in the Studio Mcgee photo in the article. It should give you an idea of what it would look like.

      September 4, 2020 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Jill

    Very random, but can you tell me where the desk in the first picture is from? Its the perfect size for our new office. Thanks!

    January 8, 2021 at 1:26 am
  • Reply Lauren

    What paint color is shown in the top photo with the desk?

    June 7, 2021 at 12:37 am
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