The answer, YES! The color of your work space does in fact effect you, your productivity and your clients. So if you’ve been wondering why you are instantly tired the minute you walk into work in the morning, it might not just be because you didn’t get a good nights sleep or stayed up working on a new product or your lack of coffee consumption. Of course those things play a factor as well; maybe its your office and the colors on the walls. It just might not be the job or the customers that irritate or stress you out. Your mood could be fixed by a simple paint change. It’s worth a try, right? Let’s talk a little about a few of the colors we know and how they effect us.
Gray | White
Way to many offices are filled with gray, beige and white on everything; from the cubical walls to the carpet, cubical panels, desks, furniture and decor because they are neutral colors. However, these color themes actually trigger sadness and depression, and it doesn’t help that they are boring. Add some color to your workplace, brighten it up, capture attention and make it feel alive and you will notice how much more is accomplished in a day and how energized you and your clients will feel.
However, white is a great accent color. It makes your space feel bigger and generates the impression of cleanliness( that is, if you actually keep your office clean.) Use white for a few furniture pieces or an office conference table, but don’t go overboard with this color, and avoid gray and beige.
Blue has been proven to improve efficiency and focus, which is a great response for an office setting. This is a very calming color; it reduces stress and lowers your heart rate. But, be careful, you don’t want your staff or clients falling asleep in the middle of a presentation. I recommend using blue on an accent wall or on your cubicle panels. It’s a great idea to decorate with the color blue. Hang art, use frames, vases, and more that contain calming version of colors. This is also a great color for a reception area to make your clients feel relaxed.
Then there is green, it is one of those colors that is not only relaxing, it also improves efficiency and focus. Using this color results in less strain on the eyes, therefore, its a great choice for people who spend a lot of time in-front of a computer screen. Like blue, green is calming and welcoming, and will work well in a reception area. There are many areas in the workplace this color would have a positive effect on productivity.
Yellow | Orange
Yellow my friends, promotes creativity, which makes this a great color in offices for artists, designers and developers to name a few. This is an extremely, optimistic, energetic and fresh color. But be careful, not to use too much because it can irritate your eyes after extended periods. Orange is known for stimulating hunger and food cravings in the world of food. However, the mood and responses that both yellow and orange trigger make it a great accent colors around the workplace in artwork, decor, flowers, pillows, furniture or accent walls and panels.
Red is very attention grabbing and it stands out, hence stop signs and fire trucks. This color is active, intense, and sometimes alarming. It increases your heart rate and blood flow, causing an energizing response. If you want something to standout, such as a piece of artwork or a decoration, or even a cubicle for a reception area or service desk, I recommend this color. However don’t go overboard, to much of red and you could incite a stressful and overwhelming response. Avoid pink variations for the most part. Decorating with this color is alright, but it is a little too informal for most workplace environments.
As you plan and execute your next design or color change for your office walls, cubicle panels, or carpeting or to just change up the decor. Remember the effects that each color has on you, your staff and clients mood and productivity, and take these point into careful consideration.
Evaluate how you want to engage everyone as they enter and interact in a specific space. For example, you’ll want to use blues and greens in a reception area to feel calm and inviting, but your offices you might want to use predominately green with pops of yellow, orange and white to allow employees to feel relaxed, focused and creative. Also think about the job position of your employees. Are they required to spend a lot of time in-front of a computer? Do you need to spark their creativity?
The color of their work-space can play a big role in the mood and productivity of your employees, so make sure you choose smart with your design choices to trigger the best and most effective responses. A simple color change can make a huge difference for you, your staff and your clients.
For further guidance on color use and placement in your businesses design contact our Interior Designer at SoulBrand Design Group for a comprehensive color and decor consultation.