Considering an Office Refurbishment or Fit Out – What Can Colour Do?
Can the input of colour energise a workforce? Does colour affect minds and bodies? Without a doubt! This is why we have put together this post to educate you on what should be considered when selecting colours in an office design.
To begin with, we are not talking about a splash of paint on a wall here or there, we are talking about the use of colour to help produce a creative, diverse, efficient and welcoming office space for your business.
Looking into colour psychology and the impressions they leave on visitors and workers is an integral part of modern interior design. Essentially you are trying to create a space that reflects the values and characteristics of your business, alongside establishing an energizing and creative space for your workforce.
So what should you consider when designing and planning for your office refurbishment or fit-out?
Not Too Much, Not Too Little!
Since colours are subjective, you may find it helpful to look into colour psychology, to see which colours will evoke the messages or emotions that you are trying to create.
It has been shown through extensive research that heavy use of toned colours such as greys, beiges and whites, can often induce feelings of depression and stress, particularly in women. In contrast, heavy use of vibrant colours such as purple and orange, leave men feeling uninspired.
In an ideal world, this would mean that your colour palette should not go from one extreme to the other. It should use a mixture of both, one that is fun and light-hearted but serious and efficient at the same time. Having colours that offset and balance each other will lead to the best results.
With this in mind, it would make sense to spend time carefully selecting your colour palette with colours that will energize your workforce, keep an upbeat office environment, and reflect the values of your business to clients and visitors.
What do Colours Say?
Continuing to look at colour psychology, what colours are inspiring? There is no need to limit the number of colours you use, nor to just one shade of a colour. Using colour as code for a specific working environment such as efficiency or creativity, will help to stimulate your workforce.
Being inspired by nature, classic blues and greens are everlasting favourites. Blue is acknowledged for its natural and soothing qualities, as well as the affiliation with authority. This makes it an ideal colour for meeting or conference rooms, and places where staff need to concentrate, this is because it is portrayed to be the most productive colour.
Green, however, is a colour of thought, it helps to stimulate ideas, creativity and innovation. It is also easy to look at, countering eye fatigue. There are many shades of green, jades and emeralds, for example, are said to be magnificent and heroic among other meanings. Yellows are typically neutral colours but vibrant yellows have the connotation of optimism and hope. However, if overused can be draining, and cause eye fatigue.
Red, is the colour of the bold and courageous. A symbol of strength, it can help with stimulation and put that fighting spirit into your workforce. With that in mind, we wouldn’t suggest painting your entire office red, maybe a wall or two, or some furniture placed in front of a neutral background.
If you would like to read more into colour psychology, all the information you need is here.
Having neutral coloured walls leave you with a virtually blank canvas. With the addition vibrant coloured accents or murals, you can transform your boring office into a work of art, creating an efficient, productive, creative, innovative and one of a kind environment.
Art can come in various forms, from paintings, murals, sculptures etc. So why not incorporate some of these forms into your office environment, contemporary photos, paintings and sculptures can help to bring a modern feeling to any office. With the inclusion of lighting, even the oldest of offices can be given a breath of fresh air.
Overall colour should be thought about as a major part of the office design from the beginning all the way through, and not an addition at the last minute. If you are unsure of where to look, or how to start your next office refurbishment or fit-out project, contact us today and we will work with you to create your dream office space.