Colors to Use in the Workplace

Colors to Use in the Workplace

November 18, 2016

Color can have a dramatic effect on mood, focus, and even creativity. While many office designers and business owners opt for a simple and clean approach to office décor and color, painting the walls white and choosing an uninspiring color palette can actually hinder, rather than help, employee productivity and accuracy. Incorporating colors that allow employees to relax and focus into your corporate office design will improve not only the atmosphere of your workplace, but also the quality of the work your employees produce.

Green and Blue

Green and blue are colors drawn from the natural environment. These colors often have a relaxing and calming effect on the body and mind, which in turn improves mental focus and clarity for increased work productivity with fewer mistakes. Using shades of green and blue in the workplace can also help to improve your employees’ general sense of wellbeing, which helps them to associate positive and comfortable feelings with attending work each day.  

Reds and Yellows

Colors such as red and yellow are often associated with vibrancy, energy, and attention. While bright reds and yellows can be somewhat alarming colors, they can help to draw focus to specific features or areas in the workplace. However, brighter shades of these colors should be avoided for widespread use; instead, paler shades of red, yellow, and even orange tend to work well in meeting rooms and conference areas to promote feelings of optimism and social engagement.

Neutral Colors

Neutral colors such as white, gray, or beige can promote feelings of tiredness and even depression, which interferes with your employees’ moods and focus. While they should be avoided as an overarching color scheme, including neutral colors as accents in a brighter palette can help to create visual depth in your workplace for a more appealing environment.

Sears Gerbo Architecture can help you design your next office space for greater creativity and productivity. We invite you to explore our website or call us at (520) 722-5079 to find out more about our architectural services in Tucson, including building design, programming, and evaluation.

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