The standard scene in many office spaces today is that of shades of white or cream, simple, clean and boring. However, this may be detrimental to your employees and their work place productivity. Plenty of exploration has been conducted in to colours and their effects on behaviour, emotions and the connections that people make with them, consciously or otherwise. Research has found that the wavelengths of colour have different effects on people when visible to them, including on their productivity.
Green and Blue – Calm and Peaceful
Colours which are generally seen on a nice long walk in the park during the spring such as green and blue would be a great choice when decorating the office. These colours are known to have calming and peaceful effects which also help to maintain focus; that is if you can avoid daydreaming about picnics and the open air. Getting close to nature is taken in a new direction at St Dunstans Hill where the nautical themed office is inspired by nearby HMS Belfast. Their blue rooms give the impression of being aboard a luxury yacht and are very calming indeed.
Red and Orange – Intense and Energetic
On the other end of the spectrum colours such as red and orange are known as intense and energetic colours which cause people to become more alert, so instead of downing three cups of coffee in the morning to keep sharp, maybe just try painting the office a beautiful shade of red! This is due to the fact that, unsurprisingly with connotations of passion and danger, the colour red increases heart rate and blood flow when in people’s vision. Office Space in Town has created a queen of hearts themed room at their Waterloo office, as you would expect it is laced in the colour red, sure to get the blood pumping. Amelia Wooley from Office Space in Town tells Londonoffices.com that all their spaces are themed according to their location and is inspired by either the history of the space or the visual surroundings. The colour is also one to evoke passion and emotion so if there is a particular part of the office or an item which you want people to notice, definitely colour it red!
Yellow – Optimism and Creativity
You may also want to consider the colour yellow for your office make over. No not hospital yellow, making people feel ill and appear jaundice; I’m talking bright yellow which has been branded the colour of optimism. If you’re a creative company who love communal work space and plenty of group inspiration, like at Co-Work’s Ramilies Street, this colour is also thought to stimulate creativity, perfect for offices which house innovative and novel ideas.
If all you can think about whilst reading this is how you are going to keep a colourful office clean and how much all of this is going to cost, there is an answer for that too! Stain and wear resistant paint which is designed to be easily cleaned and maintained is at your disposal. The price of some well-developed paint could not only save you the cost of continuous repainting it could also earn you hundreds back in staff productivity! Office providers Central Working even encourage their clients to brand and decorate the offices as their own to ensure all their clients love their working home and thrive in their offices.
If you’re looking for a bright, happy, even self-designed office space then call us on 020 7166 7981.