Happiness and Productivity Through Colour
An interesting trend in office design is colour coding different locations according to their function. This is an easy way to put some new life into your office environment, but it isn’t as simple as choosing a single colour per room. Rather, you’ll want to create combinations of colours in a process that accounts for purpose, people, and light sources. Here is a general guide to help you start scheming a new colour scheme.
These rooms have a lot to do: Keep people awake during meetings that seem to be going nowhere, keep people calm during difficult discussions, and animate people in a common purpose. Think about the types of meetings that take place in your organisation and the people who are involved.
The colours to best accomplish all three will be found in the blue family, but whether you do an accent wall or use it as just an accent colour, the shade should be just right. A calming pastel-type shade is not necessarily right if your meetings tend to be, shall we say, boring. Instead, try out shades of sapphire, turquoise, and blue-greens – how much would feel like too much?
If you want a room that helps people focus and remain calm, go ahead and use more muted tones. Maybe you need a combination of a blue with orange, so you can bring both focus and energy.
Orange is the new red. We know this colour is warm and inviting, and it imparts energy without being as loud as red. It’s the perfect accent or theme colour for breakout rooms and areas where people congregate. Red, true to its reputation, can prompt creativity and energy while also increasing a tendency toward aggression. But perhaps your office needs a bit of fire? In that case, sure, go for red but explore options outside of the classic shade, such as brick for a little punch, but not too much.
If your office still has greige cubicle walls, then you really need to change things up. There are many ways to divide up workspaces that don’t have everyone walled off with colours that, while neutral, are incredibly uninspiring. Many design firms have produced lively options for partitions and soundproofing that are both aesthetic and functional.
Responses to colour are individual. One person’s happiness from a sunny yellow is another’s anxiety. If you have the budget, allowing employees to choose their own colours for desktop partitions will help them feel happier, which definitely correlates to higher productivity.
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