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Office colors: tips to create a productive work environment

Office colors have to be carefully selected in any work environment: color psychology is a great tool for interior design.

25 January 2018 159 0

Believe it or not, color plays a fundamental role in our mood. The influence of colors on the human organism is part of the therapeutic techniques of natural medicine: it is called chromotherapy and it is the discipline that states that colors are waves of energy that act on man on a physical, mental and emotional level and is based on use, and consequently on the effects, of the seven fundamental colors. It is important to know that color is an effective tool that improves both the quality of the time people spend in the workplace and increasing the performance of the employers by influencing their well-being and productivity. Colors can have an impact also on the public image of the company: corporate communication can be influenced by different tints and shades too.  


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Colors not to be chosen


Yet, despite the results of studies on the influence of colors, in the majority of cases the main choice always falls on white. That is still a good choice, since white is a vitalizing and regenerating basic color; however, used on a large scale, it makes people feel destabilized and lost, creating psychological insecurity. White is a great color, but it shines best when combined to other tints. Another color that does not help at all, but that is frequently used for work environments, is gray: this tint makes the environment dark, the atmosphere heavy. Grey needs to be avoided as much as black: you only want positive vibes and good vibrations in your workplace, instead those colors will lower the energy of the workers down. 


Warm colors to stimulate vitality


Direct exposure to warm colors, such as red and orange, has been shown to accelerate blood circulation and increase vitality. However, red is too exciting and aggressive, so it is less indicated for the working area, unless used sporadically in order to express vitality with bright spots of color, but without creating a stressful atmosphere. Orange, on the other hand, is a cheerful color that stimulates creativity: it is the best choice to contrast fatigue and stress in an operating area. Perfect is the combination of orange with a bright green, because together they stimulate friendly and proactive attitudes, facilitating mental involvement on new projects.


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Yellow for dynamism


The color yellow is also highly indicated. The most radiant shade par excellence is able to act on the left side of the human brain, stimulating the locomotor apparatus and the intellectual sphere, favoring mental functions such as attention and learning, also reducing drowsiness. It is therefore without doubt a color suitable for workplaces that require dynamism, collaboration and quick thinking. With regard to the choice of lighting, warm lights tending to yellow are definitely to be preferred compared to cold lights.


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Colors for meeting rooms


The cold colors have the power to slow blood pressure and breathing, promoting relaxation. Blue, always associated with meditation, generates a relaxing effect, a sense of peace and serenity, perfect for the meeting areas. Green, instead, is a universal symbol of harmony, nature and balance; it is the color of well-being, which is also the perfect choice for relaxation. This relaxing color encourages reflection and calm, without negatively affecting mental performance: it turns out to be very suitable for the environment dedicated to organizing business meetings, workshops, training courses and seminars. 


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Colors for the boss office and the reception


Brown, in all of its shades from ocher to brown, is a perfect color to use for furniture or flooring in the executive and presidential offices, because, representing the earth and the wood, it evokes feelings of solidity, durability and stability. Brown is also the color associated with strong and solid people with great resistance and patience. The warm colors invite to conviviality, loquacity and the desire to stay inside the environment and therefore become ideal also for furnishing reception areas and entrance areas. In particular, the color ad hoc for these environments is red, the main symbol of vitality, in its various nuances is a tint linked to energy and vitality, therefore recommended also in the convivial areas dedicated to break and refreshment.


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