When you’re designing your office, either from scratch or redesigning, do you pay a huge amount of attention to the decor?
You probably do. Most people think of decor first and space planning second. While both elements are vitally important, decor has a very strong impact on how people feel when they’re sitting at their office desks, going about their working days.
Office interior design is a booming business for a reason. Colours, textures, and patterns affect how we think and feel. This is called ‘colour psychology’.
Check out this infographic for a quick overview.
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If you use colours that make people feel down and low in energy, that’s not going to do a lot for the workplace experience or your productivity levels. However, if you use colours that inspire creativity and an upbeat mood, that’s going to help you on every single level.
It’s probably best to avoid ‘action’ colours, such as red. You might think action is good, but it’s the wrong type of action! Red is a very passionate and strong colour, it can be overwhelming if used in large amounts and in some cases, might even cause conflict because of how it makes people feel.
However, greens, blues, and yellows are good choices for offices. You can, by all means, add in pops of brighter colours if you want to, but you should make sure that the main dominant colour is one that has a positive effect on anyone in the space, for however long they’re in there.
Think about the last time you walked into a dark office. You probably didn’t feel very inspired and you might have wanted to leave. That’s because the colour of the space was having an effect on your mood. If you’d stayed in that room for longer, you might have noticed that it went even further and could have made you feel tired and lethargic.
In contrast, think of the last time you went into an office that was bright and spacious. Did it make you feel good? Did you feel upbeat and perhaps brimming with ideas? That’s what you’re aiming for.
Never underestimate the power of colour psychology in your office decor. When designing a new space, it’s something you should always bear in mind.