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Five Ways to Implement Color Psychology for Productivity in the Office

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Colors can have a great impact in your workplace can stimulate productivity and keep our employees happy. Colors evoke feelings and these can have a dramatic effect on the visitors and stakeholders as well. The effect of color on moods and behavior is called color psychology and the use of color psychology can help create a work environment conducive to productivity.

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Here are five easy ways to implement color psychology for productivity in the office:

1. Reception Area

The reception is the first point of contact a visitor, prospective employee or a current employee will have in a office. The reception should radiate a feeling of happiness and positivity. The person entering your reception area should feel welcome. Orange is a great color for receptions since it evokes a feeling of enthusiasm and energy. You can also use a peach or soft yellow for the reception area.

2. Office Space

The office space is where the employees spend their working hours. The area should be able to stimulate the employees to put in their best and not slack in their performance. Blue is generally perceived to be the ‘most productive color’. It is a calm color that creates a relaxing atmosphere. It is especially suited for employees who do number crunching work like accountants. Too much of blue can get boring, adding red or orange as accents will maintain a balance. Similarly, if your work is creative in nature, choose yellow instead of blue. Yellow is associated with the Sun and instills a creative energy in the office area. It is positive and optimistic color thus suited well for designers and creative minds.

3. Meeting Rooms

Meetings rooms are generally used for big announcements or making important decisions. Avoid using the color red completely in these rooms. Red is a color that gets the heart racing and people agitated. A good color for meeting rooms is turquoise. It helps in soothing the nerves of nervous speakers. Inject a shade of pink to help people in the meeting room feel at ease and avoid tempers from flaring.

4. Café or Pantry

If you have a small café or pantry in your office area where your employees usually head to for a coffee break, consider using shades of green to create a relaxing atmosphere. Green is a soothing as well as reassuring color. It creates a sense of balance and the employees will feel refreshed on returning from their break.

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5. Hallways

White can feel like a blank slate and is perceived to be a boring color to use in the workspace. White can make hallways appear brighter and more spacious. Use white in hallways to create a feeling of optimism and cleanliness.

Understanding Your Favorite Color and How to Reflect it In Your Interior

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Colors can have a profound impact on our emotions and everyday behavior.  Your home should be one that reflects your personality and taste, therefore, don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.  Here is a small guide to understanding some of the common favorite colors of my clients, what it says about them and how these can be reflected in an interior:

Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

1) Yellow:  Yellow is associated with a sunny personality.  You are an outgoing person with a great senses of humor.  When using yellow in your interor, pair it with neutral color or a cool color like blue.  Too much yellow can lead to heated arguments, thus it is best to use it in small amounts, more like accents.  You can tone down yellow with beige or white for a warm glow in the bedroom.  Use a strong shade of yellow for dark hallways.

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Courtesy of O Magazine

2) Red:  Red is an intense color and reflects a passionate personality.  A person who loves red is outgoing and ambitious but can very quickly change their mind.  Red in home decor should be muted to avoid negativity.  Choose a shade of red like brick or terracotta which is elegant and sophisticated and not too intense.  If you do love a bright red shaed, then use it as an accent.

 

Design by Cecil Hayes.

Design by Cecil Hayes.

3) Orange:  Orange usually appeals to people whith a penchant for luxury and opulence.  Such people live their life king size and love social gatherings.  Orange is the color of youth and vitality.  Use a bright shade of orange to create a focal point in your home.  It is a great choice for dining rooms as it stimulates the appetite.

 

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4) Green:  Green is associated with the outdoors- grassy landscapes and lush forest.   Green relfects a personality that longs for peace, quiet and belonging.  It is a harmonious color and can be used throughout the home.  Mix green tones with shades of blue to create a natural, outdoor environment indoors.  Brighten up a dull room with shades of citrus green and white.

 

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

5) Blue:  Blue is a fresh color with a soothing effect.  Someone who loves blue is compassionate and level headed.  Blue is a versatile color and can be used as a core color in your interiors.  Try painting your ceiling a shade of light blue to make the room feel larger.  Combine blue with yellow to create a cheerful space.  Add a dash of green to a blue decor for a calming sensation.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

6) Pink:  In Feng Shui, pink has been associated with love and romance.  It is a great color to help reveal your inner poetic self.  Those who love pink want to feel good about themselves and have a romantic outlook in life.  Pair your favorite shade of pink with a masucline color like brown, grey or black to achieve balance.  Add grey to pink to make a bedroom feel sophisticated and romantic.  Use bubblegum pinks for girl’s bedrooms.

Interested in learning more… try my 21 Day Color Challenge E-book for only $4.95.  Email me at interiors@kreativeways.com  to get yours!

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National Color Therapy Month Feature: Choosing The Right Color Palette

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Color is emotional and conveys different moods, this being said the color of a room determines the type of atmosphere. Choosing the color of a room can be both nerve racking and intimidating. So many colors, tones and hues oh my! Well I have a few tips to make it easy you see. So grab a pen and follow these:
1. Determine the function of the room.

  • Deep colors should be used in rooms primarily used at night, the dining room, TV room or bedroom.
  • Light colors go great in rooms with a large amount of natural light. Subtle, pale colors in bathrooms or dressing rooms.
2. Test the colors effectively.
  • Hang large paper color swatches next to smaller trim colors and view the shades together.
  • View the color combination together at different times of the day to see how the color appears in different lighting.
3. Prepare to be surprised.
  • Testing a color won’t completely prepare you for a big change. Some color will appear brighter or bolder in a large amount. If your feeling apprehensive about using a color, try using it in small amounts through out a room. Decorative throw pillows or throw blankets in a living room or bedroom, table clothes, plates and napkins in the eat in kitchen or dining room in the prospective room color can help you slowly adapt to using the color in a great amount.

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