Today’s offices look very different from those of the past. Gone are the white walls of the grey offices and cubicles, replaced with airy open planning and fresh colour. Colour is not only part of an appealing office space it can also contribute to employee productivity. Our brains react differently to different colours and colour can actually change behaviour so think about these colour choices to help make your team more productive.
For a productive workforce, blue is the colour of choice. Blue encourages employees to be stable and focused and is particularly good for those with intellectual pursuits. Choose blue as the furniture colour or paint the walls blue and add brighter accents in orange, green or yellow so it doesn’t feel cold.
When you need staff to feel comfortable, creative and focused for longer periods of time, choose green. It’s the colour of relaxation and can make people feel happier, less anxious. Olive hues stimulate concentration and are conducive to reading and studying so paint the walls in a light shade or accent green, add a green chair or decorate with plants and nature-inspired prints. Balance it with other colours such as red and yellow for a bit more rapid action.
Yellow is the colour of innovation and optimism. It’s fresh and it encourages creativity to flow so when you’d like to bring creative energy to a work environment, add touches of yellow paint, furniture or smaller objects such as yellow bowls, rugs or shelves to give your artists, writers, designers or developers a boost.
We learn early that red is the colour of alarms and stop signs and it can be a bit overwhelming in the office. Red can increase respiration, heart rate and brain activity so while it would be good in a gym or where you don’t want employees to linger, it is best used as an accent in the office environment.
Why has there been a shift to colour in the office? It turns out that the traditional grey and white office leads to sadness in many people. When you can’t change the white walls however, add other colourful elements into your working environment to enhance productivity and creativity.
Whatever colour you choose, remember that the intensity of the colours in your environment also helps determine your reaction to them. The focus you place on a certain colour matters as well. We are rarely surrounded by a single colour in nature so choose your basic colour and then complement it to create a diverse environment that stimulates many parts of the brain.
Now that you know your colour options and you’ve also swotted up on office design tips to increase productivity by reading our blog on the subject, it’s time to make some changes. If you have any questions or would like assistance with your workplace design and colour wheel contact our team today!