META QBR: The Psychology of Color in Office Design: Boosting Mood and Creativity
All of us are affected by the environment around us. Factors such as the temperature or ambient noise level can have an outsized impact on our mood, our stress level, and our productivity. That’s what makes it so important to be intentional in all aspects of office design; every detail of your workspace that can potentially affect the creativity, focus, and morale of your team.
An especially critical detail is color. The combination of hues you employ on the walls and in the furniture of your office can have a real impact on employee mood and behavior, making it important to design your office space with the principles of color psychology in mind.
Color Psychology 101
Color and ProductivitySo how do specific colors affect productivity? Again, color psychology accounts for the mitigating influence of age and culture, but here are some high-level principles to consider.
- Red: Red is a color associated with boldness and passion. Using it in the workplace can evoke energy, stimulate thinking, and even increase heart rate. Too much red, however, may lead to anger and aggression.
- Blue: The color of reliability, blue is good for coaxing deep, intellectual thought. It can also produce a calming effect and is good for meeting rooms and other areas where you want to encourage collaboration.
- White: Clean, fresh, and contemporary, white can be a good way to make your workspace feel like an inspiring space.
- Black: Associated with luxury and elegance, black can be a good choice for client lounges and waiting areas, but it can also provide an upscale accent to employee break rooms and conference areas.
- Green: Green is associated with the natural world, and with holistic health of the mind and body. You can maintain a refreshed, energizing office atmosphere by incorporating green, not just in terms of paint colors but also plant life.
- Yellow: This color is closely linked with happiness and positivity. Some splashes of yellow can be an excellent choice in any workspace but be aware that too much yellow can result in eyestrain and other frustrations