Decorating & Furniture/natural colors



I was wondering if you could guide me as to what colors to look at for my office space.

I am trying to convey a natural enviorment, comfortable, very relaxing, yet showing that we are very successful.   We will be redecorating several offices, a lunch area that we would like to be somewhat modern (maybe like a coffe shop) and a small lobby (lobby is now very English looking with lots of dark cherry wood, this can be changed).  We are a small natural remedies company on a limited budget (meaning we can afford paint and some furniture).

We are finding it very difficult in choosing colors that define those stated properties.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you
Chris Batterman

Thanks for your questions.  Because of the kind of work you do, and the image you want to portray, use warm colors.  Here are a few suggestions.  Lobby area should be warm and inviting (first impressions) so think in terms of camel browns, taupe, etc.  You can either paint the woodwork glossy white or keep it stained in the dark cherry.  Add to that neutral furnishings (solid colors are preferable or something with a pin-stripe), greenery and invest in some specialty lighting such as "up lights" for the floor corners, shining on your greenery etc.  You'll also want wood/glass tables and at least one lamp for the lobby area.  Some artwork of natural settings will add to the first impression.  

In other office areas look at shades of greens; dark and pale sage; celery; crisp white trim; neutral carpeting throughout.  

In the lunch area, keep the green but add splashes of red tones such as cranberry, cherry, brights - no pastels.  

Keeping your color palette in the taupe, green and accents of cranberry red will do the job for you - using all natural color tones.  

Best regards,

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