How to use Colors in the Workspace to Improve Wellbeing
Color has such a huge effect on our mood, without our notice. Each color has its own connotations, red makes you angry and yellow makes you happy. In fact, there’s a whole science behind color choice and the effects it has on us as humans. Office design has so much more to color than we have just ever thought, colorful, vibrant workplaces have increasingly become the norm rather than trend as companies and office designers tune into the importance of colors used in the workplace and the impact that different colors can have on workers wellbeing..
We all know that a spoonful of your favorite dessert could taste better (or worse) depending on the color of the dish it’s served in. And this is really amazing, isn’t? Similarly, by just adding colors to the workplace it can add to the mood and productivity, and for sure every color has a deeper to it. The color palette and tones selected for any work environment has the potential to have a major impact on everything from employee productivity, workplace wellbeing and importantly, their general mood.
We also strongly believe in working closely with clients to define the design brief for a new workplace, also helps in entailing carefully in considering the colors and tones to be used throughout the space. The brand has a huge role to play as brand colors have the powerful ability to connect people, including staff to a brand and the associated brand values – think about some of the biggest brands out there and you can more than likely associate a color (or colors) with them.
Many organizations these days strive to create workplaces that not only reflect their brand but also reflect their values. It is no longer to just position the logos but making the workplace a strategic branding tool. A very good example is to consider the reception space where guests arrive and what messages you wish to convey to visitors and staff alike. This area has the ability to leave a lasting impression and the colors used need to ensure that the brand is instantly recognizable and that it emits a positive emotional response.
I know, there is a lot of conflicting theory and it can appear confusing, so where do you start and what do office designers need to keep in mind when selecting colors to use?
It is said that yellow is good at energizing, orange can inspire creativity and blue exudes calmness On the other hand, overly grey, beige and/or white offices led to staff showing increased feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women, while men encountered similar emotions when placed in overly purple and orange work environments. But the science of using colors requires far more thought than a simple analysis.
Hence it is very important for the stakeholders to look at and understand the combination and relationship between other elements like lighting, textures, furniture and at the same time not to forget the company culture. The environment in the workplace should be a right balance and creating a space that is comfortable and where employees can work productively and also where they enjoy working. Briefly some interesting facts about color can be as:
Blue is a commonly used workplace color as it can prove to have a positive impact on productivity, and is frequently used in open plan work spaces
Yellow is viewed as an optimistic color and can inspire increased levels of creativity and can be found in a lot of creative workspace, particularly in areas designed for collaboration
Red is an interesting choice and can foster increased efficiency but shouldn’t be used in vast spaces and is more commonly seen in break out spaces and smaller meeting rooms
Green can have a calming impact and as it is less harsh on the eyes, can reduce fatigue
White can make certain spaces look larger but doesn’t mean that everything needs to be white and sterile.
As we all know that people are different and have different likes and dislikes and but obvious, they perceive colors differently, hence a balance is very important. Every piece of a workspace is important to not just look at the color of walls but to also look at injecting color through office furniture, the ceiling, flooring/carpet and also by using natural surfaces/textures like rustic benches or living walls to introduce some earthy tones.
As companies adopt new ways of workings and with staff now increasingly spending more time away from the desk, color has come to play an even greater role when defining certain spaces within the workplace and to subtly denote what these spaces are designed for. Collaborative working spaces generally uses brighter, more vibrant colors to inject energy and creativity while areas designed to facilitate concentrated working opt for softer, subtle tones.
With the upcoming trend of Activity Based Workplaces and employees getting choice to work, color stands of way much importance as they not only relate to your mood but also give you wide choice to feel yourself and be happy at work. Your workplace not only should be symbolic of your brand but at the same also represent the true values and culture of your organization.
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