Blue, green, yellow, red, which one to choose?
So you have absolutely no idea which colour to use in order to increase your office productivity? Must it be green right? Should it reflect my companies’ colours right?
Should I make it my favourite colour right?Wrong, wrong and wrong again!
So now you think that you need to follow the latest colour forecast, and incorporate the trends into your space.
The simple solution to deciding on a colour for your office space in order to increase productivity, reduce stress levels and maintain an overall comfortable feel, is colour psychology.
It is as simple as that.
Now the problem comes in that you aren’t sure about what colours trigger what senses and emotions, and most of the time these colours influence us subconsciously.
So which one do you choose? We are going to skim over the psychological effect of colours, targeted at office spaces. Angela’s findings, which I personally find fascinating and I the
Angela Wright is a world renown colour psychologist who has developed a scientifically-tested theory of colour named ‘The Colour Affects System’.
So let’s keep it short and sweet, as we are not here for a psychology lesson, merely helping you choose a colour scheme.
Angela’s findings below, which I personally find fascinating and I thought I would share them with you.
Angela says that: “We’re always surrounded by lots of colours. Colour travels to us on wavelengths of photons from the sun. And when they strike a coloured object, that object absorbs only the wavelengths that match its own atomic structure, and they reflect the rest, and that’s what we see. So the different wavelengths strike the eye in different ways. In the retina, they are converted into electrical impulses that pass to the part of the brain known as the hypothalamus, which governs our endocrine system and hormones and much of our activity.” So all in all, what she is saying, in a nutshell, is that colour most definitely impacts on one’s behaviour.
Angela has developed a theory that states that it is not a colour that affects a person directly, it is the intensity of the colour. For example, a bright green will energise you and stimulate you whereas a pastel/muted green will soothe and relax you. This means that we need to decide what we want the colour to achieve, and based on this, decide on the intensity of the colour. “The four psychological primaries are red, blue, yellow, and green. And they affect the body (red), the mind (blue), the emotions, the ego, and self-confidence (yellow), and the essential balance between the mind, the body, and the emotions (green).” So when combining these colours in their full intensity, you will achieve the effects of the colours that you have chosen. When muting these colours, the full effects will not be achieved.
When designing an office space, we need to think of what we would like to achieve. All spaces are different as are all careers, so what would work in a creative space will not necessarily work in a corporate space. So let’s analyse each of these colours and decide what colour should be used in what space.
* Blue – stimulates one’s mind and is most suitable for an environment where people have to do mind-work all day every day. The thing is with blue, is can become quite cold and depressing when used on its own, so you would need to add an accent colour such as orange to add something more to space.
* Yellow – is a colour that boosts creativity and confidence, and makes you more optimistic. Yellow though can be quite a stark colour and should not be used to design a whole space. Yellow should be implemented in accents such as your furniture, décor and accessories. Using these accents coupled with neutrals and wood will achieve a great creative working space.
* Red – is a physical colour that would best be suited for spaces where people are doing physical work. Red is also a colour that creates alertness and will be sure to have your employees at their peak performance.
* Green – is a calming and nurturing colour, used best when the aim of the office space is to achieve balance. Green being soothing would work well in a high-pressure environment, as the colour will calm those who need to put their heads down and work.
A note from Angela: “a colour or musical note doesn’t actually evoke much of an emotional response until it’s put with other colours or other notes. And then, in both cases, whether you get a positive or negative emotional reaction depends on the relationship between the colours or the notes.”
Based on the above information, you are now going to have to sit down and decide what the aim of your office space is.
Once you have decided on this and then chosen a colour, it’s time to get those creative juices flowing and see how to best ‘dress’ your office. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
So, call us if you need help with your new colour scheme in your office?