Could the Color of Your Office be Hampering Productivity?

Could the Color of Your Office be Hampering Productivity?You’ve put a great deal of careful consideration into the design layout of your office. You’ve opted for an open floor plan with plenty of space for collaborative projects. You’ve invested in comfortable seating for your employees and revamped the breakroom to make it feel more inviting. In spite of all these positive changes, however, the walls in your office are the same stark white they’ve always been. Maybe it’s time for a fresh coat of paint. Colors have a measurable effect on people’s psyches. Choosing the right color can make your employees feel more comfortable, and consequently make it easier for them to work efficiently.

But first, let’s look at some colors to avoid.

According to environmental psychologist Sally Augustin, dark, highly saturated colors can make it difficult for employees to concentrate on their work. The color red, in particular, tends to have a distracting, anxiety-inducing effect on many people. On the other hand, an office that is bright white can have a similarly negative impact on productivity. This is especially true if your office is illuminated with fluorescent lighting. White walls in conjunction with fluorescents can give an office a harsh, sterile ambiance. All that bright light can induce headaches in people who are especially photosensitive.

Better options are typically softer, more muted colors.

A calm workspace is a productive workspace. Try not to clutter your office’s ambience with too many colors. Stick to a limited color palette of neutral colors such as gray or taupe. Not only will these colors make your employees feel more serene, they can also reduce eye strain under fluorescent lighting.

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