Can Colours Make You More Productive?

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Can Colours Make You More Productive?

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“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.” ― Wassily Kandinsky

The environment around you impacts your mood, that's a fact. So, surround yourself with dreary, dull colours and the chances are you could find yourself feeling a little grey & unproductive.

Our workspace is now more than just an office, it's a destination where we want to be at our best and thrive. A space in which we should feel comfortable and one which benefits our physical, social and mental wellbeing. Here at we are passionate about creating better workspaces, we've been conducting some research into which colours you should introduce to improve your workspace, with some really interesting findings.

Colour Psychology

Whilst some argue that the impact of colour on one's brain is a definitively personal consideration - colour psychology continues to draw more and more attention from the world of design. If you want to create a particular mood in your workspace, there’s no doubt that the use of colours can help, here’s the low down from Alina Dizik.

Red & Orange

Sprinkling small amounts of reds and oranges in an office, such as painting an accent wall or purchasing brightly coloured furniture, can create an energetic environment, says Elizabeth Brown, principal of EB Color Consulting in Seattle. “Red is supposed to raise your heart rate,” she says. But use it sparingly, Brown warns, as too much of such a fiery colour can evoke aggression and stress. Consider a reddish palette in areas where employees spend only limited time -- such as hallways, bathrooms, or even the kitchen -- where employees are not working, adds Leslie Harrington, executive director at the Color Association, a colour consulting firm in New York.


Flat Table from RForm


Businesses using yellows and bright accents can create a sense of happiness for employees who may be bored or unhappy at the office. Psychologically, the colour raises self-esteem because it’s often associated with cheerfulness. It’s best to use bright yellows sparingly such as on accent walls, décor or furniture. Too much of these hues – like painting an entire room in neon yellow -- can be agitating, says Mark Woodman, president of the Color Marketing Group, a nonprofit association that forecasts colour direction. An exception to the rule is if you’re using a bold colour that is part of your logo and you want to increase the presence your brand has in your space. Make sure bold colours are offset by more muted shades. For example, Woodman suggests balancing an intense yellow with light blue or a vivid orange with taupe.


Yellow Floor Lamp from Rigby & Mac


Blue & Green

Colours commonly found in nature, such as blues and greens, can have a calming effect on a stressful work environment, says Woodman. Since workers spend most of their days inside fluorescent-lit offices, "any relation to the outside world makes people feel better," he says.

Looking for fresh ideas to grow your business? Consider greening your office with fresh plants or forest-like hues. Research published last year in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found a link between the color green and creativity. Among the study's participants, those who saw a glimpse of green prior to a creative task showed performed better.


Palm Leaves Print Cushion from HK Living



    If your office space has few windows or low ceilings, consider pastel colors like peach or lilac when you're ready to paint the walls as a way of brightening the office, says Woodman. Like blues and greens, the softer hues can also be helpful in stressful office environments that require a calming atmosphere.

    Whatever color palette you choose, beware of creating too much contrast between the light walls and dark colors of the furniture or decor, says Brown. "Too much contrast creates eyestrain," she says. For example, a black and lilac palette can be jarring and cause visual fatigue. Instead, pair lilac with beige or wood grain.


    Pastel Pink Clock from Karlsson

    So the answer to the question is, yes. Colours, when used in the correct way, can have a profound impact on people and their mindset and dramatically increase wellbeing and productivity.

    If you want some expert advice on how to transform your office space speak to one of the design team today.


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