Create a calming effect in your home office with understated, sophisticated shades of purple. Pale shades of purple like lavender, lilac, pale plum, light orchid and thistle are said to provide a peaceful ambiance, relieve tension and alleviate migraine headaches.

As well as creating a gentle, restful environment, these muted, chalky colours can also help to defuse strong natural light in south-facing rooms. Keep clutter to a minimum with plentiful storage options and choose furniture with clean, classic lines. Adding a touch of interest, such as a favourite piece of artwork or a beautiful gilded mirror, will give you something interesting to focus on when you’re taking a mental break.

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