The impact of color in the workplace

Posted on: May 30, 2017

When you look around your office, do you see bland white walls and no variety of colors? Then it might be time for a change.  Business experts agree that color can have dramatic effects on the way employees feel, work and view their office environment.  Further, scientific studies have found that certain colors in the workspace can have a direct effect on employee output like productivity and creativity.  

Consider the following colors and the affect they will have on your employee output. Is it time to transform your space with color?

Blue/Green

Because these colors are found in nature, blue and green hues have a calming effect. Not only do blues and green create a calmer atmosphere, but they also improve efficiency, focus and create a sense of wellbeing for employees.  Adding plants to your space is a great way to incorporate green into your space.  Research has shown that their is a definitive link between the color green and increases in creativity.

Red/Orange

While most businesses are not going to choose to paint their entire office red (or orange), using these colors as accents can be highly impactful. Because these colors are active and intense, they increase energy.  It is important to use to use them sparingly, because too much of an intense color can create stress and aggression in employees.  Experts suggest using splashes of these colors in areas where employees which are not primary work areas like kitchens, hallways and even bathrooms.

Yellow

Yellow has long been associated with optimism, happiness and cheerfulness.  But like red/orange, it is best to use yellow sparingly because of its intensity. Painting an entire room yellow can actually induce stress and agitation. By using yellow on accents walls or furniture, you can trigger innovation, creativity and energy in your employees.  Bold colors, such as yellow, are often good colors to include with other muted shades in your logo, because they tend to draw the eye towards them.

Neutral Colors

Neutral colors have their place alongside brighter colors, they will often compliment other colors in your design scheme.  Alone they are not particularly energizing or stimulating, but alongside bold colors they can create depth in your workplace design.
The colors you choose to use in your workplace will have a tremendous impact on your employees, both good and bad.   The right colors in your workplace will influence employee happiness, productivity, creativity and energy in your space. So it is important when planning how to use colors in your design to turn to a knowledgeable professional design team who assist you in your color selection so that it aligns with your corporate goals.