When choosing a colour scheme for your office interiors, there’s more to consider than just how it will look. Colour can also have a significant impact on a person’s emotions and productivity.
Take advantage of this by including the right colours in your office space!
Evoke a Certain Mood
Colour can influence the mood in your office and stir up certain emotions.
What type of mood do you want to evoke in your space?
Yellow often reflects joy and happiness according to Fresh Home and it can also make a person feel energized and uplifted. Yellow can be a great colour to use in reception areas and entrance ways because it has a welcoming feel for your customers and clients. But do use this colour sparingly because if there is too much yellow in a bright and vibrant hue, it can create a mood of frustration and anger according to some studies.
Red is an intense colour and a popular choice for many brands because it encourages feelings of excitement and creates a strong first impression. Keep in mind however that red is also a very dramatic colour that evokes strong emotions such as anger or passion.
Blue is the most stable colour that evokes a feeling of calmness and tranquillity. Blue is also associated with trustworthiness, strength and dependability which is why blue is another popular colour choice for brand colours.
Green is very restful on the eye and can help create a relaxing mood. Because it is a colour associated with nature, it’s very calming and can promote harmony and balance in the office according to Fast Company.
Perhaps you are looking for more excitement and enthusiasm? Orange is a great choice! Research has shown that orange increases oxygen supply to the brain – stimulating brain activity and creating an energising effect.
According to Entrepreneur, certain colours are shown to improve productivity. However this depends on the type of work your employees do. By choosing the right colour combinations, you may be surprised to see how the productivity in your office will improve overall.
Blue is known to be an excellent choice for productivity because it is a stable and calming colour that helps people focus. Consider using a shade of blue as a primary colour choice in your office if productivity is lacking.
If you work in a creative industry, yellow is ideal because it is an optimistic colour that can also help stimulate creativity. Splashes of yellow here or there in your interior design will always be a welcome addition to creative businesses.
If you are in a high-stress industry, green is a fantastic colour choice. Because this colour is closely linked to the environment, it can put you in a relaxed mood and help maintain efficiency if you will be working long hours.
If you do physical work, red is a wonderful colour for productivity because it can help to increase heart rate and blood flow and evoke feelings of passion. This therefore could be a great colour to use in a gym or fitness centre for example.
What Colour Should You Avoid?
There is one colour which should be avoided in offices and unfortunately is used far too often: grey! Grey lacks energy and influences people to be more passive and uninvolved, according to Science of People.
If grey is used too heavily, it has been shown to foster a lack of confidence and even feelings of depression. So make sure you avoid this colour or at least pair it with some of our other colour suggestions if you want to keep morale up in your office.
Pick the Right Shade
World renowned colour psychologist Angela Wright states that choosing the right shade and intensity is just as important as the colour itself.
“What defines whether a colour is stimulating or soothing is not the colour, it’s the intensity. A strong bright colour will stimulate, and a colour with low saturation will soothe.”
So once you have chosen the primary colour you would like to focus your design around, consider whether you want a highly saturated hue to stimulate or a low saturated hue to soothe the office.
The Right Colour Scheme
When creating your overall colour scheme, it’s often a good idea to have a natural base colour that can be built upon with other vibrant colours. Painting all your walls red, green, yellow or blue is bound to be too overpowering.
To get the balance right, neutral colours should be primary with splashes of your chosen colour scheme included here or there by incorporating a feature wall, adding some decorative elements or including colourful artwork on your walls.
Get Help from The Professionals
Are you excited to get a brand new colour scheme but don’t know where to start?
That’s where we step in! Just let our team at Future Fitouts know the type of business you are in and the type of mood you would like to evoke, and we will work with you to get the balance just right for your office.
You can also check out our ‘Bring Colour to Your Office’ Pinterest board for some office colour inspiration!