Bringing Color to Your Office
5 Min Read July 8, 2019
Do you ever notice your mood shift when you walk inside a room? Whether it’s a dentist, salon, or your office, the colors you are surrounded by can make or break your experience. Guide yourself using this information to choose colors to enhance your comfort, productivity, and work environment.
The Effect of Colors
Energy, productivity, and office morale are all subliminally affected by the colors in your office. It’s important to carefully consider the effects of color choice and make color decisions intentionally and with a purpose.
When making this decision, it’s important to consider the following:
- Type of business
- The level of seriousness/professionalism you wish to set
- Age of employees/clients
- Cultural background of employees and clients
- Employee and client gender
The intensity and hue of the colors you choose are just as important as the color itself. High-intensity colors tend to stimulate, while low-intensity colors often soothe and calm. Navy blue, dark green, and burgundy are considered power colors. Commonly used in serious, corporate businesses, these colors project confidence and professionalism. Lighter, lower intensity shade of these same colors can be used to project creativity and a more casual atmosphere.
What Colors Can Do
Picture yourself in a perfectly organized space. What colors are present? Most of us would agree that neutral colors such as white and grey would be associated with this type of environment. Colors can transform a workplace environment into anything you can imagine, with each color having certain characteristics it brings to a space.
This intellectual color is a good addition to any office space. Representing communication, trust, and efficiency, it’s a logical choice for spaces requiring mental focus. Be cautious of too much blue, as it can slow productivity. Balance this by pairing with complementary colors, such as adding orange accessories or highlights.
Surrounding yourself with red encourages excitement, courage, and strength. This can be beneficial in spaces where physical exertion is prevalent. For spaces were less activity is required, red can be draining and tiresome.
The color of the sun, yellow, is an emotional color. Embodying friendliness, optimism, and creativity. Use in spaces where you’re looking to stimulate happiness. Take caution on the hue and quantity of yellow used in one space, as it can cause stress and anxiety in some people when used in excess.
Easy on the eyes, green provides a sense of calming, balance, and security. Its connection with nature creates harmony between the inside and the outside world. This harmony makes green the optimal color for office spaces where people spend long hours, or in medical offices where there is a search for balance.
Created by blending a physical and emotional color together, orange represents comfort. Use sparingly, as an accent color, to add warmth and fun to your space.
Grey is a common color choice in office spaces. When used correctly, it can add a sleek and modern feel to your office while being easy to incorporate. However, when used incorrectly, a space filled with grey can lack confidence and project a negative mood. Help this, by choosing a lively accent color to bring your space to life.
Office Color Additions: Paint and Furniture
Office furniture and accessory finishes are an ideal way to incorporate color into your workspace.
Office accessories like Watson’s Pin Privacy screen can offer a splash of color, while also serving as a tackable surface. Watson’s crafted textile selection is composed of the ideal color options for office spaces, and are just the start of customizable options for Watson furniture.
In addition to their non-toxic, earth-friendly materials, Watson furniture and accessories stand out for their variety of available powder coat colors. The ability to choose both the seat and body color makes the Tonic Storage Trolley a fun, customizable option to bring life to your modern office space.
Looking to brighten and refresh your office’s common space with a splash of color? Add flavor and organization to the mix with Zone Lockers. Allowing you to choose multiple finishes for each section, these lockers serve as a great accent piece while also being functional. If you find yourself stuck in a mood ruining, grey office, spice your space up with Watson furniture and accessories. Choose colors for yourself that satisfy both you and your office style. Adding certain colors helps encourage creativity, productivity, and overall happiness. This results in increased work satisfaction and office morale. Whether it be a good or bad impression, colors subliminally affect us and should be chosen with care.