How to Choose Paint Colors for Conference Rooms

When choosing a paint color for your office's conference room, consider both aesthetics and the practical implications of your color choice.

As you shop for paint, remember that color can influence a room's mood, so it is important that you consider the types of meetings you hold in your conference room before making your final choice.

Determine what tone you want to create. Paint color sets a room's mood, so before you begin to shop for paint, think about what kind of mood you want to set in your meetings. According to Chinese Feng Shui design principles, traditional white walls may create an atmosphere of open-mindedness, while blue conveys a trustworthy, traditional tone. Shades of green are said to promote relaxation and calmness. Red, on the other hand, may create excitement and energy.

Consider the size of the room. Dark paint colors may make a small conference room appear cramped. If you are working with a small space, consider using light shades.

Look at the existing furniture and decorations. If you plan to keep your existing conference room table, chairs, and decorations, make sure that the paint color you choose is complimentary.

Take lighting into consideration. After you've narrowed down your color choice, get samples of each shade and take them into the conference room to see how they look under your lighting. Paint colors will look different under lighting from your conference room windows or lights than they do under the artificial lights found in most paint and building supply stores.

About the Author

Anna Green has been published in the "Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision" and has been featured regularly in "Counseling News and Notes," Keys Weekly newspapers, "Travel Host Magazine" and "Travel South." After earning degrees in political science and English, she attended law school, then earned her master's of science in mental health counseling. She is the founder of a nonprofit mental health group and personal coaching service.