When you use white paint for your walls, it may bring a crisp, clean and heavenly feel in a room but if they’re in your workplace, that crisp feel to it will be short-lived. A white wall in an office only means having to paint the walls occasionally. However this is not all there is to the demerits of painting your office walls white. Find out more about the best colours to paint your office in this article.
Colour can profoundly affect how productive you are. Research has shown that blue colours affect your mind; yellow your emotions; red your body; and green your ‘balance’. By combining these colours you can influence your behavior.
Colour also affects a person’s mood and can go on to hinder a worker’s effectiveness.
Some workers are distracted in their work-place by colours. In a recent study where workers were put in different rooms of varying colours; Red, Green and white, it was observed that those that were kept in the white room were prone to more errors than their counterparts in the other rooms.
The conclusions that were drawn was that, white doesn’t help us be productive, and most work environments are white, off-white, or gray.
Though a good choice, white has been considered a sterile quality that isn’t conducive to work.
There have been studies that asked worker’s preference about environment and colour, and the majority felt they liked to work in a blue or blue-green environment.
Colours can elicit a variety of emotions, affecting the mood and output of your staff. Here are some common paint-colour choices and what you need to know to use them properly:
1. Red: This colour is for those that are detail-oriented. Red is a powerful color, it stimulates the pulse and can raise blood pressure, hence red can help increase performance in employees who have detail-oriented assignments. If you want to be more productive doing something physical, red would make you more productive than either blue or yellow, because it stimulates you physically.
If you’re hiring a bunch of guys to build you a house, for example, “blue isn’t going to be a lot of help to you – you want the red for physical strength and stimulus”.
2. Blue: It promotes communication, trust, and efficiency. It also helps people with creativity by opening the mind to new ideas. Many creative people have blue as their favorite colour
3. Yellow: The color of optimism, yellow is stimulating. Too much of it, however, can cause anxiety, and studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in yellow rooms, which might make it a bad choice for conference rooms.
4. Green: Similar to blue, green is a calming colour that promotes harmony and balance. According to studies, Green can also enhance creative performance, hence, Green would be a good choice in an office where innovation is a key component.
On the flip side, though, it can be very stagnant and inert. So an action man, who loves red, is going to find green quite a strain.
5. Gray: While gray is psychologically neutral, the color also lacks energy. It is suppressive and prepares people for hibernation, according to Colour Affects, a London-based color psychology consultant. Heavy use of gray can foster a lack of confidence and even depression. This color should be used in small amounts in an office and offset by a brighter colour, such as red or yellow. Therefore, avoid Gray to keep your morale high
Colours hardly ever exist in isolation; they’re usually surrounded by other colours. Colour works exactly the same way as music – as Thelonius Monk said, ‘there are no wrong notes’. Music and colour work in the same way. There are no wrong colours either. It’s how you use them.
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.