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How Does Colour in a Workplace Affect Productivity?
Different colours elicit certain emotional responses in people. In this blog post, we explore how to make your office a more productive and comfortable space.
Colour psychology is an important thing to consider when undertaking an office refurbishment because colours impact employees in different ways.
Manipulating colours and design of your office can work to your benefit by making employees more productive. In fact, the colour of a space is so important, specifically an office setting, companies like Goldleaf Designs, a custom homebuilder in Cherryhill, make sure to study and understand the psychology of colour in order to suggest the appropriate hues for a space.
It’s important to understand how colour can be manipulated in the workplace. In order to get the best quality work from your employees, make sure to strive for the following emotions:
For example, light blue paint that is paired with a white accent creates a feeling of openness and tranquillity in a room. This will keep employees calm and will alleviate everyday work stressors, making employees more willing to work. Equally, adding lush, green plants can also add to the feelings of calmness in an office.
These colours can be found on the walls or around the office with furniture, wall hangings, floor coverings, and art. Creating certain emotions in a room doesn’t have to be solely dependent on wall colours.
Using warm colours to create more energy at work is very effective when using them for accent walls ( a single wall that is a different colour than the rest), wall hangings, and pieces of furniture. The key to creating energy with colour is by offsetting warm colours with neutral tones, like tan, white, and grey. For example, using red chairs in an otherwise white office is a positive way to increase energy using colour.
Make sure to use yellow and red sparingly when trying to increase motivation in a room with these colours. Try to use yellow and red to increase more motivation by implementing furniture and decorations in these colours rather than painting entire offices in these colours.
Another colour that has been associated with creativity is blue. In fact, blue is often found in conference rooms because it inspires creativity and, with multiple creative minds working together, employee productivity will go up.
Yellow is the most well-known colour to improve employee wellbeing and happiness. However, any light hue of a warm colour is likely to improve happiness amongst employees. This is especially true when paired with white accents.
Improving well-being and happiness in the workplace with colour doesn’t have to just be with paint, it can also be done with furniture and decorations. If the main interior colour is a dull grey or brown, adding a warm-coloured accessory like a piece of art or plant can increase employee well-being and happiness.
If you have the ability to redesign or remodel your workspace to increase employee productivity, picking certain colours can help you do that. Redesigning your space doesn’t necessarily have to mean painting an entire office: it can be the simple installation of wall hangings or the presence of plants or new furniture. Every office space is different but, overall, keeping employees happy, engaged and alert to increase employee productivity.
Do you want to inject some colour into your office?
Is your office looking a bit dull and needs some life put into it?
One of our team will be happy to help, call the office on 0333 600 1234 or fill out the form below and they will be in touch shortly to discuss your new office plans!
Jennifer Bell is an American freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.
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