8 Best Office Paint Colors for Your Work-from-Home Space

Give your nine-to-five space a stylish makeover.

Home office with walls and trim painted in "Tranquil Gray"


The home office has become a vital part of our homes in recent years. What used to be an overlooked space that often doubled as a guest room is now a must-have on many home buyer's lists. And as more people than ever continue to work from home, creating a pretty—yet functional—workspace is top of mind.

Designing a beautiful and practical home office is key to boosting productivity. Finding the right paint color for your space is essential for creating an inspiring, calming, and work-conducive environment. A fresh coat of paint is the best way to give your home office a quick makeover, so we asked industry experts to share their favorite office paint colors. From deep, moody shades to light and bright neutrals, these wall colors will set the tone for the rest of your workspace.

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Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore

Home office with dark gray wall and floating wood shelves and work surface

Courtesy of Leclair Decor

For a deep and dramatic look, Sacha Leclair, president and creative director of Leclair Decor suggests the shade Cheating Heart. He says the deep gray is "one of our go-to moody charcoal tones". So dark it's almost black, this saturated gray paint color has cool blue undertones and creates a striking effect when used in a home office. "We typically pair it with mid to light wood accents for the perfect balance," Leclair adds.

Paint color: Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore

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Duck Green No. W55 by Farrow & Ball

Corner with a desk and chair painted in "Duck Green"

Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Take cues from nature and bring the outdoors in with Duck Green by Farrow & Ball. This deep, rich green paint color is highly versatile and works just as well in a contemporary home office as it does in a traditional colonial-style home. Inspired by mallard feathers, Duck Green stands out against crisp white trim and pairs well with light wood tones and matte black accents. For a more traditional and formal office, layer this color with warm neutrals such as Farrow & Ball's Joa's White, mid-tone wood accents, and pops of burnt orange, rusty red, or antique brass.

Paint Color: Duck Green No. W55 by Farrow & Ball

03 of 08

Pink Sky by Clare

"Pink Sky" on the wall and trim with an armchair and side table in front of the wall

Courtesy of Clare

Infuse your home office with bold color and bright energy using Clare's Pink Sky, a beautiful coral-pink hue reminiscent of a sunset. Bold yet slightly muted, this sophisticated pink paint color has warm undertones for a cozy and inviting feel that provides a bright backdrop for all those back-to-back video calls.

Paint color: Pink Sky by Clare

04 of 08

Tranquil Gray by Behr

Home office with walls and trim painted in "Tranquil Gray"

Courtesy of Behr

Set a serene tone in your home office with Behr's Tranquil Gray, which has a soothing feel and pairs well with other neutrals. Erika Woelfel, VP of color and creative services at Behr, says this delicate color is "a great neutral choice which brings elegance to a home office space". She points out the transformative power of this taupe-gray from Behr's Designer Collection that works well with with pops of color or as part of a muted monochromatic color palette.

Paint color: Tranquil Gray by Behr

05 of 08

Waterbury Green by Benjamin Moore

Home office with teal wall and plaid wallpaper on the ceiling

Courtesy of Michelle Gage Interior Design

For a blend of saturated color and timeless elegance, you can't go wrong with Waterbury Green from Benjamin Moore. Philadelpia-based interior designer Michelle Gage of Michelle Gage Interior Design recommends this paint color for at-home workspaces. "I love using Benjamin Moore’s Waterbury Green in an office," she says. "It’s a soft hue that is quite conducive to creating a calming work environment." Pair it with warm-toned neutrals such as Sail Cloth or White Dove and use brass accents to balance out the color's cool blue-gray undertones.

Paint color: Waterbury Green by Benjamin Moore

06 of 08

Oceanside by Sherwin-Williams

Home office painted in "Oceanside"

Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Pack a design punch in your home office with Sherwin-Williams' Oceanside. It's a deep, cheerful teal that's well suited for walls, trim, and office built-ins. This rich jewel-toned blue with hints of green is an excellent way to enliven a space and boost creativity. Tone down the color with neutral accents and mid-century modern office furniture for a timeless look, or play up its whimsical side with pops of pink, gold, and green for an eclectic color palette.

Paint color: Oceanside by Sherwin-Williams

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Blank Canvas by Behr

Color "Blank Canvas" in a room with a white sofa and wooden coffee table

Courtesy of Behr

Create a calm work environment by painting your home office in Blank Canvas, Behr's 2023 color of the year. "Blank Canvas is a great choice to create a clean and crisp feel in any setting such as a home office," Woelfel says. This soft neutral creates a welcoming atmosphere and its soothing, uncluttered nature is perfect for a space where the primary goal is work and focus. Go for a tone-on-tone look by layering it with various textured neutrals for a peaceful work environment.

Paint color: Blank Canvas by Behr

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Skylark Song by Benjamin Moore

Home office with blue ceiling and trim and desk in the center

Courtesy of Michelle Gage Interior Design

When it comes to painting your home office, think beyond just the walls and consider painting the trim or ceiling to create contrast and visual interest. "A fun color to use is Benjamin Moore's Skylark Song," Gage says. "Here we used it in the ceiling and trim, to add a punch to the subtle and soft wallpaper."

Paint color: Skylark Song by Benjamin Moore

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