The impact of colours in our workplace
As humans we are effected by different colours in different ways. Colours can be used in different ways to make a statement, set a mood or attract attention. Colours can also be used to energize, or to cool down. By selecting the right colour scheme in your workplace, you can create an atmosphere of elegance, warmth or calmness, or you can create an image of playful youthfulness.
The Primary Colours
Is associated with joy, happiness, energy and optimism. It’s the colour of sunshine and gives us a warm and positive feeling when looking at it. It immediately grabs our attention, and can be used to highlight important things in communication or in a room. Most post-it notes are yellow, for a very good reason. Yellow creates optimistic feelings and liveliness and stimulates our brain and creativity, it’s a good idea to use it in areas which are set up for creative sessions and workshops. But just be careful, too much yellow might have a disturbing effect.
Energy, strength and determination are often associated with red colours. The colour has a very emotional intention and creates the impression of speed and courage to us. Red items get our immediate attention and “red carpets” are naturally used at events to add to the news sensation. Red also stimulates discussion and argumentation. In business projects it can be used to stimulate people to make quick decisions or to reflect energy and excitement. The colour is suitable to use in dining and café areas since it stimulates our appetite and flavours.
Blue is the colour connected with stability, trust and wisdom and it is the colour that most people in the world has as their favourite. It’s the colour of the sea and the sky and has a calming effect which helps us to relax. Since blue is also linked to consciousness and intellect, it can be used to enhance accuracy and precision in communication. It also lowers our heart rates and can therefore be suitable in offices, since it contributes positively to the employees’ calmness and feeling of hope.
The Secondary Colours
We mostly associate green with growth, harmony and freshness as well as durability, reliability and environmental friendliness. Green is the colour of nature and has a healing power. The colour is also associated with security and that’s why emergency exit signs are mostly green. It is also restful for our eyes and is considered to produce the least amount of eyestrain. This makes it a good choice for your computer desktop, if you spend several hours in front of your screen. It also reduces anxiety and a combination of blue and green works very well to create a calm and relaxed feeling in your workplace.
Joy, happiness and energy. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It can increase they oxygen supply to the brain to produce a refreshing effect. Research has found that orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an energizing effect, and stimulates brain activity. It is often connected with healthy food which also makes it a suitable colour for dining areas.
Royalty is often associated with purple colours as well as elegance and creativity. It’s a combination of the stability of blue and the energy of red. The colour is often liked by children and youths and can with advantage be used in educational areas.
GREY - avoid plain grey if you can...
Grey by itself inspires people to be passive, uninvolved and have a lack of energy. Pairing the colour with a brighter and colourful shade will help you to offset the effect.
Choosing the colour of your workplace, your clothes or your desktop do affect our mood and productivity. However, colours are not the only thing that affects us — you can still be efficient in a grey suit. But, when given the choice, picking a colour that will work with you, and not against you can only be positive.