Ever wondered how your office colour theme might be affecting your employees’ productivity? The office designing experts say, furniture and layout are not the only dimensions of flawless office interiors but also the colour of your walls! According to Linda Sharkey, a human resource expert and co-author of “The Future-Proof Workspace“, says colours are very important for office productivity. Also, she suggests engaging employees when selecting the colour scheme. She adds, “bright colours help people spark ideas while soothing colours help them relax.”
The right colour choice will not only boost creativity but also trigger positive mood. From simply encouraging positive emotions to stimulate collaboration, colour psychology has a huge role to play in your business success. Corporate giants are moving towards implementing the concept of colour psychology for functional office interiors. To know the various moods associated with different colours, watch the video:
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Here are a few colour schemes which could help you create an efficient work space:
Blue is associated with calmness and at the same time boosts thinking and problem-solving. Blue is well known to provoke thought and authoritativeness. having a tone of reliability and confidence, blue is a perfect choice for a thought-provoking work environment. Also, many open-plan offices use blue space dividers to ensure the privacy of their employees and give them some space for independent thought to let them concentrate. It has been proven that blue is known to reduce blood pressure and stress levels. Promoting communication, trust and efficiency between colleagues, blue thus gives room for brainstorming and creativity.
Green has a close association with the natural environment, this is a perfect choice for offices where employees have to work for longer hours. Promoting a feeling of tranquility, green is a popular choice for break rooms or common areas. Painting your office in lighter tones of green can give a positive and welcoming feeling. Being associated with health, it might fit well in well for a healthy business.
Considered to be a cool colour, it makes the room appear larger. The lighter tones of green are also soothing for eyes. Using it in common areas could actually prove to escape from usual work for your employees and thus helping them relax. Cleared minds will produce higher productivity. Alternatively, if green is not the colour of your choice for office theme, you could place indoor plants. This will give a more lively feel to your workspace.
RED/ YELLOW/ ORANGE
Bright colours like red, yellow and orange promote collaboration. Symbolising excitement and energy, these colours have been known to stimulate mental activity and creativity. But being warm colours, they might make the area look smaller. Though red can foster efficiency, it is not recommended for vast spaces and is preferred mostly for smaller meeting rooms or break out areas.
When it comes to yellow, it a symbol of warmth, joy and sunshine. These bright colours have been preferred more for furniture rather than walls owing to the attention they attract. Also, these colours have been known to excite people’s anxiety and make them loose temper easily. Such colours can be used as an accent in a colour scheme.
White is known to make spaces look larger. It can easily be related to simplicity, light, cleanliness and positivity. It is a great option for a wide variety of offices spaces. But it is recommended to use strong accent colours like red with white to help generate productivity. Many say white gives clinical feeling thus hampering productivity. Therefore adding some additional shades like those of gold with white will give it a professional look. Also, gold instantly captures attention, giving a glamorous look to your workspace. The metallic sparkle will fill the office with charm and joy, giving is a luxurious look.
A study by the University of Texas found that overly grey, beige or white offices led to staff showing increased feelings of gloominess, especially women while men had a similar feeling with overly purple or orange work environments.
Office interior designers are aware that certain colours can positively contribute to employees wellness, happiness and thus productivity. It is not only necessary to inject colours to walls but also make the furniture look lively. Also, colours now play an even more important role when it comes to defining what the workspace has been designed for. For collaborative workspaces, use bright colours whereas for individual areas, specially designed for focused working could be painted with softer tones.
Your office must feel serene and inspirational. While you work, you will want to work in an uplifting work environment. Therefore, picking the best colour scheme according to your business is one of the most important parts of your interiors.