The color of your office affects your productivity, even if you don’t realize it. If your office walls are painted dull gray, it may be time for a makeover. Chromology, the psychology of color, has been used by companies for years to improve the moods and reactions of their customers and workers, in turn improving their business goals. Studies have shown that boring gray, beige and white offices induce feelings of sadness and depression. Colors don’t just change our moods; they also profoundly impact our productivity. Depending on your business, choosing different hues can help achieve different things.
Blue & Green
Two of the most common colors in Mother Nature’s palette: restful green and calming blue improve efficiency and focus. They also give an overall sense of well-being. Blue stimulates the mind. Green is associated with positive emotions and is found to be soothing. If your business is one that usually makes people nervous, decorating with a pleasing shade of green can help customers feel more comfortable. And if you want happier, more effective workers, green and blue are wise choices.
Red is active, intense and alarming at times. The passion-inspiring color increases the heart rate and blood flow upon sight. It stands out and grabs our attention. This is why it is universally used for traffic lights and stop signs around the world. So if there’s something in the office you want to urgently draw employees’ eyes to, it’s best to paint it red. But don’t put in back of your reception area, because then, to customers, it may become off-putting!
Mellow yellow, often viewed by color psychologists as the shade of optimism, is energetic and fresh. It is believed to trigger innovation and is best used in work environments where artists, writers, designers, developers and other creative professionals work.
Behr just released their predictions for color trends in 2017. The paint company’s three palettes — Confident, Composed, and Comfortable — show us that we will definitely be drawing decor inspiration from our personalities in the year ahead. Creative, social types will be drawn to the Confident palette, made up of dusky blues, spicy reds, and lime greens, designed to captivate your attention. The Composed palette’s earthy greens and taupes will be a go-to for traditionalists looking to create a contemporary space. And it is all about pale pastels in the Comfortable palette, characterized by light pinks, blues, and yellows that make the smallest of spaces pop. Its muted shades are ideal for introverts.
If you need help choosing the right paint color for your office space, contact us today.