What you choose for the colours of your office can have a dramatic effect on your staff, clients and other visitors. These effects can create either a good or bad perception of your business.
Red in office design
With a general office space you need to understand the messages of the colours you choose so you create the effect you want. This is where psychological effects of colours come into play. Red is a good colour for a productive and physical work environment, because it stimulates the physical senses but if it is a highly stressful work environment it may not be a good choice as it can stimulate heart rates and raise blood pressure. Click here if you wish to learn more about red.
Blue hues for a calm office atmosphere
For staff activity in the office be aware that using blues will keep a calm atmosphere, but too much of this cool colour could decrease staff productivity to a slower rate. Adding in warmer tones somewhere in the space will increase the energy flow and enhance productivity. Here is more info on the colour blue.
Yellow spells creativity in an office environment
Yellow is a good choice for a creative work zone especially for designers as it stimulates the mind and body and helps to inspire new ideas and concepts. Designers creative side is bound to come out if they’re surrounded by playful and happy shades of yellow. Read more about the colour yellow.
Green colour for the business spaces
In a work environment that needs a strong sense of balance then green is a good colour, as it is a balanced, calming, and reassuring. Want to learn more about green?
Colour scheme to reflect the business purpose
The colours you use should also reflect the type of business being conducted in the office. For example I helped design the Interior for a conservative accounting firm. I choose a more subdued palette without bright colours. This helped to convey an emotional sense of trust and security.
Bright and happy office for travel agency
Another office I designed was for a business that promoted island holidays so I choose bright and happy colours with touches of blue to remind clients of being in a fun yet relaxed holiday environment.
Incorporate logo colour in commercial design
Be aware of choosing colours that are appropriate to the age of your clients, their cultural background, whether male or female and the type of business you are promoting. The colours in the logo and branding of the business should also be reflected throughout the office. If not on the walls it can be shown through art, wallpaper, furniture and even decorative pieces or floral arrangements. Also consider natural light. If you are using computers and other equipment in the office with reflective surfaces stay clear of bright whites like vivid white. Stick to colours with a grey undertone.
Colours for personal office space
When choosing colours for your own personal office make sure the colour also reflects your personality. You know the colours you love and how they make you feel. Choose something that makes you feel productive. It is different for everybody. Ask yourself what will work the best in your situation by deciding whether you want to impact your mind, your emotions, your body, or your balance.
For inspiration on your office design, you may wish to browse through my recently completed commercial projects.