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Any business that is looking to improve the working practices of their employees must understand the psychological effect that can be gained from the set-up of their office interiors. Whether that's through the establishment of a completely new open office design that allows for increased collaboration, the introduction of ergonomic furniture for them to find their ideal comfort levels, or the installation of better technology to provide them with the means to go about their work quicker and easier; there is much to think about with the design of the workplace.

Another, often less thought-about aspect, is the colours used within the interiors. Whilst all of the layouts, the furniture and technology within the office have a positive physical effect on the work they create, using the right colours (and combinations) can work as background psychological boost; helping to push them on, even during 'difficult spells' that would otherwise spell a downturn in productivity and the lowering of moods.

The psychologically of colour

Here's a question for you – why do you have a preferred colour in mind when you're contemplating redecorating your home interiors? Whether it's the living room, the kitchen, the bathroom...the colour(s) you choose are likely to be amongst your favourites; they sum up your feelings, your personality, they remind you of something, they inspire you and they make you feel safe. They simply make you feel at home.

When we're at home, we feel relaxed and able to go about the tasks we need to do without an increased amount of pressure that may lead to stress. Whilst any type of work will naturally involve some kind of pressure and stress (it is work, after all!), it's how it's managed that makes all the difference to an individual's working experience; if a business can manage the mood of their employees better, the better the work they produce will be. This is precisely why office interiors are becoming more homely in their design, with colours playing a huge part in managing the mood and feelings experienced during the average working day.

So how can we crack the colour code and find the right combination to create great office interiors?

Cracking the colour code

Here is just a small example of the effects that different colours may have on the psychologically of a person:

  • Green. Linked to collaboration, green is often considered as ‘evoking peaceful feelings’, making it ideal to promote ‘healthy thought’. You may have seen McDonald’s change the colour design of their restaurants in recent years from red-and-yellow to using large amounts of green in order to improve their ‘health conscious outlook’ and create a more ‘social cafe feel’ to their outlets (see also Starbucks). Using green is ideal for any business that needs to encourage their employees to think, sharing ideas with their fellows and simply create a friendly atmosphere within the office interiors that will drive everyone forward to produce fantastic work.
  • Blue. Reflecting the skies outside and the peaceful ebbing of waves upon a beach or rock, blue is a calming colour that is ideal to allow people to collect their thoughts and rearrange them away from a stressful environment. Therefore, blue is a great colour to use within any breakout room or kitchen area.
  • Red. ‘Red light spells danger’, ever thought why this is the case? Red is an extremely bold colour that presents a striking presence against any background it is set against. Therefore it’s the ideal colour to draw a person’s attention to the message it’s trying to communicate. Red is also linked to feelings of passion, energy, power and motivation; feelings that many offices may want to evoke with their design.
  • Yellow. Bright and cheerful, is it any surprise that yellow evokes feelings of happiness and warmth? Yellow is great to use in an environment that is intended to raise the mood within the workplace; so any accenting yellow alongside other colours in a breakout or games room will stir up happy and warm thoughts, more likely leading to an upturn in mood and sense of camaraderie.
  • Purple. The colour purple is seen as a sign of ‘sophistication’; highlighted by its use by the royal family (in fact, Queen Elizabeth I actually forbade anyone but close members of her family to wear it). Its ‘elite status’ stems from its rarity and the cost of the dye that was used to produce it. Thankfully, purple is much easier to produce these days, but its reputation as a ‘regal colour’ still plays heavily on many people’s minds. So if a business is looking to present a high-class image to its employees or any visiting clients, it is the ideal colour to use, especially in meeting and reception rooms.

Improve the effectiveness of your office design with Oaktree Interiors

If you’re searching for an experienced workplace design company to help your business to establish office interiors that inspire, create and innovate then look no further than Oaktree Interiors.

For over 30 years, our expert team have been designing and building bespoke office fit outs for a wide array of businesses; from new start-ups to links in the chain of multi-national firms. No matter your requirements, budget or timescale, we can work with you to provide the ideal solution.

To learn more about our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly today. You can give us a call on 0345 21 86955 or you can send any e-mail enquiries to hello@oaktreeoffice.com

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