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Tips to balance colours in an office

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Colour can profoundly affect how productive you are. Research has shown that blue colours affect your mind; yellow your emotions; red your body; and green your ‘balance’. By combining these colours you can influence your behaviour.

Do you feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the colour blue make you feel calm and relaxed? It is the effects of the electromagnetic radiation of light on human mood and behaviour – a universal, psychophysical reaction, which is not as heavily influenced by culture, age and gender as is generally thought.

As said by Benhar, The idea is that visual stimulus, including colours, impacts employee behaviours, productivity levels, moods and attitudes. Research shows that wall colours can affect things such as perceived room temperature and ambience. In a sense, selecting the right colours for a workplace can play as much of a role in company success as selecting the right people to work for your organization.

Blue stimulates the mind, yellow inspires creativity, red affects your body and green creates a calming balance. But just choosing a colour isn’t enough. Even more important than the actual colour is the saturation and intensity of the colour choice. Highly saturated, bright colours will stimulate while softer, muted colours will soothe.

With the definite benefits of using colours on the wall, it is important, haphazard colours are not recommended. A cohesive story of the palate leading to somewhere is what is going to make sense. The best way to come up with a story is to combine the idea with the story of your brand. They don’t necessarily just need to be colours included in your logo and similar designs. But they should fit with the overall image that you want to portray for your brand.

A colour must only be an accent into the office. Never overstimulate or overwhelm your employees with colours. It could have an entire detrimental effect on them. Art, Decorative pieces, plants, all can be a part of having colours in the office. But do make sure of the consistency that is being laid out in the interiors.

Artwork is necessary to add some personality to space and break up the solid colours of the walls. Large-scale pieces can make it feel bigger and help introduce or carry the preferred colours throughout the space. However, corporate paintings must be avoided. Any abstract pieces, modern art as well as parametric models made through any mediums that fit the colour and image identity of the brand must be integrated well into the space.

Colour theory can be maintained through many ways of which furniture is an important part. Those pieces laid out in a manner so bespoke must in itself be an accent to add colour into the working office space.

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