Changing the paint color in your office is one of the most cost-effective, impactful ways to change a work environment.
Angela Wright, a world-renown color psychologist, has, over the last four decades written about how color affects a person’s behavior. Interestingly, it is not a color itself that affects a person’s behavior – rather how intense a color is that affects the way a person responds to it.
“What defines whether a color is stimulating or soothing is not the color, it’s the intensity. A strong, bright color will stimulate, and a color with low saturation will soothe.”
Angela’s research has also shown that each color affects a different part of us. For example, red affects the body, blue – the mind, yellow – the emotions, and green balances all of those.
What is the exact color to paint your office to make it more productive?
If you Google “the most productive color”, every result seems to suggest that blue is the most “productive” color, but this may be an oversimplification. Blue is an intellectual color, representing trust, logic, communication, and efficiency. Use blue as the primary color in your office areas that require focus and metal strain.
If you need to stimulate your mind then blue would likely make you more productive, but we all don’t do mind-work all day, so off-setting blue with a bit of balance, a bit of emotion, such as an accent of orange or yellow, would balance the environment.
In a more creative environment, yellow would be the color to choose. It stimulates the ego and represents creativity, friendliness, optimism, and confidence. Incorporate yellow when you want to stimulate positivity, creativity and happiness.
If you want to be more productive doing something physical, red would be a better option than either blue or yellow, because it stimulates you physically. It represents courage, strength, and excitement. It’s a great color to use in areas of the workplace that demand physical exertion.
If you are in an environment where having a strong sense of balance is the most important, green might just be the color that makes you most productive. It is balanced, calming, and reassuring. It represents harmony, nature, and restoration. Green proves to be a great color in offices that require people to work long hours, since it’s the easiest color on the eyes (requiring no adjustment). It’s also a great color to use anytime a sense of balance is a priority, which is why it’s commonly found in medical offices.
Painting for impact is a simple, inexpensive way to transform an office environment – no need for a time-consuming renovation, instead change your office overnight with a new coat of paint.