Why Do Colors Matter In The Workspace? How should I paint my office?
Where do you work? Do you like your workplace?
How would you change it if you could?
Have you ever said “I wouldn’t paint it in that color”? If yes, then you can learn more about colors and how to benefit from them in this article.
The design and colors of the workspace plays an integral role in increasing and decreasing the level of stress, happiness, creativity, productivity, and satisfaction of people who work in that environment.
Color is an essential feature of a design. Research and even personal experiences have proven that certain colors have effects on our mood and behavior.
Colors are associated in all parts of our life, and we are associated with our workspace. Therefore, colors at work have a vast impact on us.
Specific colors can positively affect your employee’s concentration, productivity, and stress level, and even physical health. A combination of colors, lighting, and other relevant factors would help boost motivation and usefulness.
So, pay close attention when adding a color/or group of colors to an environment; because pairing color has particular rules, and if you break the rules you may not achieve the result you’re looking for.
If you can develop sophisticated palettes and understand that it isn’t about a single color, but the combination of the right colors, then you can create an exceptional workplace. Color is ingrained deeply in our lives and affects our daily experiences.
The proper colors to use for workspace
What is the right color?
Not every color suits every type of office.
High color intensity will stimulate while low intensity will soothe.
Sheen, shape and translucency affect the way we perceive color or the environment.
1.One method is to choose complementary colors. As an example, hospitals use green in patients’ rooms; as a complementary color to red, it provides a visual break from medical equipment and blood. More on complementary colorshttps://www.thesprucecrafts.com/definition-of-complementary-colors-2577513
2.Another important social consideration to make is accessibility. You better be careful about color contrasts to make sure of the highest amount of visibility for users.
Reflecting your brand through colors can be a great chance to show what is unique and engaging about the work you do.
Yellow is the color of caution. It evokes feelings of optimism, warmth, and creativity. Since it’s the color of the sun it can associate with feeling energetic, happy, and fresh. It represents friendliness and confidence. Use the yellow in areas where you want to stimulate happiness, positivity, and maybe innovation.
But using too much of it can cause eye strain by overstimulating the eyes. If you use it wrong, it may annoy or irritate employees.
Blue is an intellectual color and represents logic, trust, and efficiency. And also is a cold color, so you can use blue as the primary in areas where people need calmness, focus, and peace of mind.
Blue helps reduce stress by lowering the heart rate and blood pressure therefore it makes employees feel tranquil and more productive. one thing to pay attention to is: using a dark tone may evoke feelings of sadness and depression which is the last thing you want in your office.
Red is a physical color and represents power, courage, and excitement. So red is one of the best options for areas that require physical exertion. Using red in some parts of the place( the right places) can excite employees. Observing the red color increases respiration, heart rate, and brain activity.
It is better to use red as the accent color, not the main; because same as yellow, overusing it can agitate people.
Though red is recommended to use as the base, it can be an appropriate choice for canteens, corridors, and lounges; since it isn’t a comfortable color, employees will not stick around for too long in red areas.
Green stimulates feelings of peace and calmness. It provides the eyes some rest and also helps lower anxiety. This color indicates balance, harmony, nature, and restoration.
Green can be an excellent option where people spend their day staring for long hours at computer screens.
Places like hospitals and medical offices, where a sense of balance is a top priority, use green a lot.
Purple is often associated with a sense of luxury and spirituality. It raises deep contemplation but it’s better to use it carefully. Using too much or either the wrong tone of purple could be counter productive.
As well as blue or green, pink also can have a relaxing effect on humans. But the workplaces that can include pink are limited. For example, some parts of hospitals or kindergartens would use the benefits this color brings.
For a professional workspace, however, the casual and cozy feelings that pink evokes aren’t suitable.
The gray color often expresses neutrality. As I mentioned in the last paragraph, pink isn’t a professional color, but for offices attempting to look modern and glossy, gray is the one.
Like all the other colors, if you utilize it inappropriately, it will show a lack of confidence or a sense of depression.
It’s a combination of red and yellow(primary colors).so, it somehow represents both symbols. There are very few work offices where you can paint in orange, but if you have one of those offices, be aware that too bright orange associates hunger, anger, and frustration.
The right tone of orange is usually associated with food, hunger, and warmth, and therefore a natural choice for kitchens and restaurants. Alos office lounge could benefit from the sense of comfort this color brings(the right tone, of course).
Last but not least is white; this is a highly-reflected color and so can be a cause of eye strain(especially white lamps, oh god, it’s pure torture to eyes, take this from a person who is suffering from severe migraine).
Designers, please be cautious when using white.
However, it transmits feelings of composure and cleanliness, but it isn’t a stimulating color if not used too much.
Based on what we said so far, white is a wise choice for environments like laboratories or hospitals where staff need calmness and sterility.
As I discussed, since white is not a very relaxing color, it won’t do well where blue or green are present.
Some places like libraries and research rooms can benefit most from olive shade colors.these hues stimulate a sense of concentration and are beneficial to reading and studying.
Generally speaking, it is better to use cool colors (blue, purple, green), that are a representation of peacefulness and serenity for areas that people need concentration and calmness, and warm colors (yellow, red, orange), that are often a representation of energy in sectors that exertion is demanded.
Colors have certain impacts on us, our mood and the way we feel, they trigger certain emotions, there is no doubt in this; but when you are choosing colors for different spaces consider the fact that:
People come from various and different life backgrounds, cultures, and the way they perceive colors and concepts are not similar to each other.
You can make a connection between these differences and turn them into something beautiful and useful, no matter where you are! So, now let the colors play a role in workspace! If you enjoyed reading this, I highly recommend to read the article below too: