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09/18/2013 02:48 pm ET

Best Color For Concentration And Productivity Is Orange (PHOTOS)

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It's hard enough to focus at home with all of the typical day-to-day distractions, but did you know the way that you decorate your home office can actually help (or hinder) your productivity? And while all of the fancy office gadgets in the world can only help you organize so much, the colors you choose for this space will have a big impact on your efficiency. Read below for the best color for... concentration.

According to ancient Feng Shui principles, orange is a "yang" color and it will stimulate focus, concentration and promote organization. This makes it the perfect hue for a home office. But it's not just the color that matters, but how bright it is. “What defines whether a color is stimulating or soothing is not the color, it’s the intensity. A strong bright color will stimulate, and a color with low saturation will soothe,” Angela Wright, a color psychologist said. So if you're hoping to get your work done quickly, we say -- go bold!


Because this hue is energizing, it wouldn't be the best choice for a bedroom office, where you'd prefer to be restful. Or if you're afraid to commit to this daring shade, try adding orange pops to a mostly neutral space, like this:

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