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What are the best Colours to use in an office colour scheme?

[fa icon="calendar"] 11-Aug-2015 09:38:17 / by Jim Fidler

There have been a number of studies on the psychology of colour. Which Office Colour Scheme make employees work longer hours; come up with more creative ideas; get along with their colleagues? Here are a few of the theories that have gained credence in the workplace.

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Most employed Brits spend more time in the office than they do in their own homes. So, on the off chance that a splash of colour can brighten the lives of the UK workforce, here are a few basic principles of colour theory:

What is the best office colour scheme to promote CREATIVITY?

More than 68% of offices are currently painted white. But what if a simple lick of paint could boost creativity at your firm?

The office colour scheme to go for if you want to make your staff’s synapses sizzle is turquoise. According to research by facilities management firm Principio, turquoise came out tops as the shade that helped to ‘stimulate new ideas’ and boost motivation.

What is the best office colour scheme to enhance PRODUCTIVITY?

So you want your employees to work harder? There are two schools of thought on how to get the best results.

Blue has long been known to help with focus and endurance. Research has shown that weight lifters can lift more weight in a blue gym. In an office environment, the right shade of blue can help staff to stay calm in a crisis: seeing the colour blue actually makes the body produce chemicals that are calming. Stick to paler blues throughout and accent with navy or more vivid blues.

Recent studies have also found that red can boost energy levels in office workers. Apparently red doesn’t necessarily induce hysteria and anguish as a rule. It can also encourage healthy debate and discussions.

What is the best office colour scheme to encourage STAFF LOYALTY?

Can using a particular colour scheme on your office walls help with staff retention? We’re not sure the tactic works in isolation (a pleasant workplace overall, good benefits and great leadership far outweigh the effect of a nice colour scheme). But, here for the sake of argument, are the colours that will make your staff want to stick around.

Cream walls, less stark than white, can make staff more likely to hang about. Why? Because against the blank but soothing background, their own personal possessions – family photos, trinkets, notes and cards – are highlighted, so that they feel they are more in control of their personal space.

Purple has also been shown to encourage staff to stick it out. It’s an unusual colour to find in an office and perhaps reflects the unique aspect of the firm itself.

What is the best office colour scheme to promote HARMONY?

To keep office relations tickety boo, use a office colour scheme including the colour brown. Why? Apparently this is the shade that denotes stability, harmony and – most importantly – support. Brown is a warm colour that makes people feel more comfortable with asking for help, offering assistance, or even doing the tea round. It’s a base shade that is easy on the eye and doesn’t distract from the work at hand.

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Topics: Productivity, design trends, Office Design, creativity