As spring grows closer and the landscapes begin to change from frosty greys to a myriad of colours, our attention is again turned to the colour schemes of our interiors. At home, our paint choices are influenced by personal favourites, but in the workplace, colour should be more strategically considered. Are you feeling unmotivated or energy-less at work? It may be due to the colour scheme in your office. Finding the best colours for your work space serves dual purposes; to make your office look attractive and keep up with design trends, and to promote a productive and positive work environment.
What is colour psychology?
The principle of colour psychology posits that colours can have emotional and cognitive effects on people. We are subconsciously accustomed to matching mood and emotion with certain colours, and the four major colours our eyes are tuned to pick up can trigger how we feel. Broadly speaking, these four colours affect or stimulate different aspects of ourselves. Red: physical – increases energy, heart rate and brain wave activity.Yellow: emotional – boosts self-confidence, optimism, and motivation. Blue: intellectual – promotes calm, communication and trust. Green: balance – inspires harmony, creativity, innovation.
Do a small amount of research to find the colours that best suit your business and the types of tasks being done in your office. Before you make a decision, let’s see what the designers are saying about which colours are popular this year. Following the trends will help you find the perfect balance between modern style and productive functionality for your office colours.
Colour trends for 2017
2016’s favourite of copper has upgraded to gold this year. Gold can be a very powerful colour in that it symbolises wealth and class. Using gold as a base colour will work best for modern industrial styles, as it creates a metallic effect. For more subtle or casual offices, gold best serves as a sleek and classy accent colour, whether it is the finishes on picture frames, furniture or lighting.
- Greenery colours
Pantone’s colour of the year is Greenery. Crisp light or grass green is refreshing and revitalising, symbolising fresh thinking and new beginnings. It is casual and subdued enough to use as a base colour, even in its boldest and brightest shades. Opt for darker forest or kale green for slightly more opulence and a calming, anxiety-reducing atmosphere in busy areas of the office.
- Azure or royal blue
Bright “true blues” are great to promote communication and productivity. Blue is popular as a base colour as it pairs well with many other shades and is easy on the eye. Blue can also have calming effects, so it is best combined with a colour like red or green for energy, creativity and motivation. Reserve the darker, more relaxing shades of blue for small accent areas.
- Blossom pink
Pink is quite diverse in the effects it can stimulate – darker or more vibrant hues act like red and boost energy and confidence, while lighter and pastel shades are calming and inviting. Light, not-quite-bright pinks like blossom, rose or even blush pink are ideal for base and accent colours alike.
- Sunny orange and yellow
Orange and yellow are ideal colours to help employees stay upbeat, engaged and enthusiastic, as it is the colour of optimism and energy. It is preferred for small meeting rooms or accent colour only, as too much of a bright orange or yellow can lead to anxiety and quick tempers. For a muter shade, why not consider cream or peach?
- Hazelnut brown
Brown may seem dull, but the right shade can create a warm, rich and earthy atmosphere. Hazelnut brown is light and rich, subtly bringing a room together. Additionally, a neutral tone like brown pairs excellently with other bolder colours, and makes a great addition to offices with wooden furniture or natural colours and plants.
- Black and white
As an old classic, black and white will always be in style. Crisp, clean black and white interiors offer a sophisticated and professional edge. Whereas blending blacks and whites with greys and ombré tints offers a softer, more neutral design. Favouring white makes an office seem more clean and spacious and promotes creativity, while black and grey should be reserved for moderate accent colouring to avoid making the space feel dull or oppressive.
Colour your office with inspiration and productivity
In the end, the colours you choose should reflect your business image as much as they follow colour psychology and current style trends. Don’t forget that colour schemes apply to all the decorations and furniture in the office as well as the walls!