A new trend study by Made.com has revealed that the colour of home offices during the work from home revolution in 2020 was Iron grey.
The WFH Interiors Trend Report, analysed the HEX codes of over 200 WFH office images from Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter and revealed that the most popular colour for home offices last year was a cool, bluish grey.
The data showed the top 10 favoured home office colours from last year were various neutral shades. However, a study performed by the University of Texas found that bland grey, beige, and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression.
Here are the top 6 WFH colours in 2020
So, the experts at Made.com teamed with Tash Bradley, Lead Colour Expert at Lick Home, to advise on what tones work best for a productive work environment.
Green is the colour for long-term concentration
Tash said: “Spending most or all of your time at home might lead to a significant drop of energy and lack of motivation. That’s why you need to surround yourself with uplifting energy, and you can easily get that from earthy shades that bring the outside in.”
For this reason Made.com have chosen Pine Green as the best colour to have in home offices in 2021, a colour that is a great colour for keeping long-term concentration and clarity, making it the perfect choice for a home office.
Experts from Made.com said: “Green is one of the most restful colours for your eyes and is known to make you feel optimistic and refreshed, contrasting the strain from screens.
“This vibrant deep green brings in the elements of the energetic, thriving greenery from nature while also remaining sophisticated and chic, allowing for a working space you are happy to be in, without compromising on style.”
Bring the outside in: Spider Plants are the No.1 home office plant
As well as adding splashes of earthy tones to working spaces to increase productivity, Made.com have also discovered the most popular home office plants to add to desks in 2021, helping home workers bring the outside in when going out isn’t an option.
The humble Spider Plant claims first place with 486,200 searches. Considered one of the easiest air-purifying plants to look after.
In joint second with 397,200 searches each are the Snake Plant and Aloe Vera.
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A study by the new University of Technology, Sydney, found significant reductions in stress among workers when plants were introduced to their workspace. Results included a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety; a 58% drop in depression or dejection; a 44% decrease in anger and hostility; and a 38% reduction in fatigue. Making plants a must-have in a 2021 office.