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The Psychology Of Colour In The Workplace

Have you ever walked into a space and immediately felt unproductive? Design and colour impact human behaviour more than we might first realise. When we encounter colours in our daily lives, they have the power to influence our thoughts, behaviours and satisfaction levels. 

Colour psychology is the study of hues and the ability they have to influence our behaviours. We can now tap into colour psychology to improve employee productivity, job satisfaction and positive interactions within the workplace. So how can we use colour psychology when designing workspaces? Let’s first look at how colours impact our minds and our mood.

The Effects of Colours on Mood

When thinking about the design of your workspace, take some time out and consider the colours you want to use. If you have the resources to reimagine your office atmosphere – think about how to display the culture of the workspace within the design. 

A great example of colour psychology in the workplace is Google, where different departments are colour-coded for ease of floorplanning, aiming to improve employees’ happiness. Google regularly changes the colours of rooms to see how it impacts employee productivity and provides a new work environment. 

An easy way to understand this concept is to look at how different colours affect our emotions. Our brains are wired to react to colours in various ways. For example, red has is known to speed up reaction times and using blue-coloured streetlights can reduce the rate of crime.

The design of an office can impact mood, so ensuring the best design for your culture and staff is critical. According to a study done by Neurofied, these are the emotions different colours can activate;

  • Blues – focus, collaboration, productivity
  • Yellows and Oranges – creativity, success, optimism 
  • Reds – energy, urgency, efficiency 
  • Greens – calm, peace, connection
  • White – clean, modern, open
  • Black – control, stability, confidence

Adding a hint of colour can make a world of difference within a workspace; the difficulty lies with choosing the right colour for your space. 

Choosing a Colour Scheme For Your Workplace 

The colours you choose for your work environment will be influenced by your branding, industry, work type and much more. With such a wide variety of colours, it’s a good idea to keep colour psychology in mind when designing your workspace. Take some time to think about the emotions you want visitors to experience when they enter the space. 

Colour in the workspace isn’t just about painting walls. If you’re looking to incorporate more green, plants are a great way to do this – whether hanging, desk or potted plants. Colours like red and black can become tiresome if used excessively, causing headaches and eyestrain. Red furnishings, accents, wall hangings, or chair upholstery can still bring in colour without overwhelming the senses.  

At A1 Office, we’re here to help you customise and transform your workspace into the perfect mix of productivity and employee empowerment. Happiness in the workplace doesn’t stop with colour psychology – but creating a happy workplace starts with the colours surrounding it. If you want to learn more about how colour impacts the workplace, or if you’re looking to refresh your workspace, get in contact with our team!






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