The Impact of Colour: Office Furniture & Decor

Although people have been sceptical of the idea that colour has an impact on the attitude and behaviours of your work force, it has been researched thoroughly enough to prove there is actually some weight in the evidence that it can improve or decrease the productivity of employees.  The psychological impact that the colours in your office can have on your employees can be a great boost when done right, but if done wrong, could be detrimental to your business.

In this post we are exploring the colours you should consider adding into your office to promote positive reactions…

 

DECREASED PRODUCTIVITY COLOURS

When you imagine a typical office environment, you see white, black, beige and grey. The fact that these colours are most commonplace in the workplace is actually quite interesting since, according to an ever-growing body of research, the colours represent and relate to feelings of despondency and negativity. 

Although we know that not every single person is going to respond negatively to their surroundings based on colour schemes, in fact it has been researched heavily, and found that, although a minority, some groups of people did not respond differently to the colour schemes they were subject to, however that doesn’t mean that you can get away with ignoring the reality that most people react differently to colour schemes.

Orange and purple offices have also been found to to be less productive than their alternatively colour-schemed counterparts. Interestingly, most of the male participants of studies found orange and purple difficult colour schemed in which to obtain a sense of well-being, whereas the groups of women were less affected by the colours. Due to their bright, abrupt tones, it has been suggested  that the colours are, by their bright and bold nature, distracting which could contribute to the lesser productivity. 

Not only colours in general, but a consistency of the same colours throughout the office (although aesthetically pleasing, maybe?) can be equally as detrimental as the colours themselves. Using ergonomic chairs will have a great effect on the physical health of an individual, but if the chair is the same colour as the walls, research has indicated that staff won’t be working to their full potential.

 

INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY COLOURS

The colours Blue and Green take top marks for being both the most productive and harmonious colours to for a working environment, and studies suggest that this could be attributed to the colours representing the outdoors and our ancestral natural environment. Green office walls will trigger a welcoming feeling and have been known to promote productivity throughout cultures. The colour green is also credited for creating an energised atmosphere in the workplace.

Blue is famed for it’s calming powers, something that can be extremely beneficial in the office, and would be perfect for meeting rooms that can get ‘heated‘ at times or rooms used for interviewing candidates. It also encourages consistency, something that will see employees start and finish a task to completion with ease. Blue is also a colour that goes well with other colours and neutral tones, for example, white furniture and blue walls offer a powerful combination. 

If there is a creative department in the workplace, or in a more creative industry as a business in general, creative people are attracted to the colour yellow. However, as a word of caution, using harsh yellow tones can have an adverse effects, but using cool yellow tones that won’t give your creatives a headache, will promote inspiration and higher quality work from your employees. 

In an era of employee well being, being one of the most important priorities to businesses, using colour to help create a positive working environment and atmosphere can be a simple solution to some of the employee issues that maybe experienced in the modern workplace in terms of work ethic and staff attitude towards their roles. There is a real reward to be earned in taking care of your employees and providing them with surroundings commensurate to both their sense of well-being and higher productivity levels..