Office design should be intentional, as every detail down to the color can impact your created work environment and employee performance. When planning out your office design, is there a balance between selecting colors based on what looks good, or the subtle influence that shade can have on workers’ psyche. In modern office design, it could be both. Let’s discuss the use of color and how you can use it to your advantage in your workplace design.
Some Color Psychology
You’ve likely come across the term color psychology before when talking about design. Essentially, it refers to the idea that some colors evoke certain feelings and emotions, which could cause individuals to behave or think a certain way subconsciously. Here are a few common conceptions when it comes to color psychology:
White – Makes spaces feel clean, pure, and larger. White can make an office design feel sterile and cold, so look for a softer shade of off-white or cream for a little warmth.
Red – Red symbolizes courage and excitement; it’s a very stimulating color. This shade is very commanding and is often better used as an accent or for smaller rooms.
Yellow – Inspires optimism and creativity, making it ideal for creative offices.
Orange – Known for being an energizing shade, as it combines red and yellow. It’s a fun and casual shade, so you can likely find this in settings that want to create comfort, like a break room or lounge.
Blue – Shades of blue help with creating calm and focus. It’s used to represent intelligence and trust. Blue is one of the more commonly used colors in any office design.
Purple – Purple is strongly associated with luxury. Varying shades of purple can promote better focus or feelings of comfort.
Green – Green has a calming effect since it represents harmony and restoration. This color is used in medical offices and financial offices very frequently.
Gray – Gray is a neutral shade that can look appropriate for most office settings, but is best used when other colors can be added to the office design as accents.
Where to Use Color
There are endless opportunities to infuse color into your office design. Besides using different shades on your walls, ceiling, and flooring, you can manipulate the office’s less-permanent aspects. Express color in the furniture, wall art, and decor. Think about how different colors can come together to achieve an entirely different effect. Color combinations can be used throughout various parts of your office building. In fact, color helps visually break up open office layouts. More commonly, companies use their corporate colors to reinforce their brand identity at the workplace. Employees can respond positively to this, too, as it reminds them that they are working together for a greater purpose.
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