It’s been said that simply being in the presence of red increases concentration and awareness. In fact, studies of college students revealed that their reaction speed increased by 12% when they were in a room lit with red light. In another experiment, people performing tasks with words or images on a red background did better on tests of recall and attention to detail.
So, can a red study room help you work harder or be more productive? No one can say for certain but painting your room in stimulating shades of red can’t hurt.
If you think this shade is too loud or intimidating for you, using red as accents in the room, such as on wall trimmings, or having a bright red accessory – think your cup, pillow, or carpet – will do the trick. We suggest Dulux’s French Stripe Red to get started.
Green is understood to be the most restful and relaxing colour for the human eye to view, and the shade also helps enhance vision, stability, and endurance.
As proven by nature, greens, browns, and neutrals complement each other beautifully. This palette exudes a sense of tranquillity, helping to create a calm and productive environment for you to study effectively.
Now you know it’s true when people say looking at green helps to ease your eyes. We love using Dulux’s English Meadows as the main colour and peppering the room with a mix of darker and more vibrant hues of green to add visual interest.
If you tend to feel stressed when exams are nearing, inject a sense of calmness in your study space by choosing one or two shades of blue lighter than the rest of the room – like Dulux’s Ice Age, Boat Race, and Wira Blue.
Representing the sky and the sea, blue is associated with freedom, imagination, and inspiration. It invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and helps with balance and self-expression.
Blue combines well with natural wood colours or can also be used in contrast to yellow to add a sense of vibrancy.
Much like red, yellow can also be an intimidating colour to add in your room. But fret not, as just stripes of yellow is enough too. Representing sunshine, hope, and happiness, yellow instils energy and optimism and studies have shown that the colour can increase mental activity and helps activate the memory, encourage communication, and build confidence.
We recommend painting a feature on the inner trimmings of a window or door with bold colours such as Lemon Zest or the brighter Green Lemon. It is recommended that you use something bolder and brighter than you would normally choose. As you’re working on accents, you can definitely afford to be daring!
5. A bit of everything
Can’t decide which colours you want in your study? There’s no harm bringing them all together! Mix and match your desired colours as well as the benefits they bring for greater variety in your study.
That being said, you will want to stick to a maximum of three colours to avoid creating a sense of confusion in the space.
Time to start work! Plan out all the necessary tools and calculate how much product you’ll need to cover the desired area.
Here’s an easy guide to calculating the required paint for your project:
a. Measure the width and height of the area to be painted. Multiply these together to get your overall surface area.
b. Measure the width and height of any windows and/or doors, multiply and subtract from your overall surface area.
c. Multiply your new total surface area by the number coats you’ll need – we recommend factoring in at least two coats and a bit extra for touch-ups.
d. Finally, divide this total figure by the volume your paint tin can hold (m² per litre). The result is the total litres of paint needed for your project.