17 April 2018

In the office: the importance of color

To furnish an office, in addition to choosing the right furniture and chairs for each room in the workplace, it is also essential to select the colors of walls, furniture and furnishing accessories.

In fact, chromotherapy must be taken into consideration, especially in places where you spend several hours of your time, as in the office. Doing so can help stimulate creativity, increase productivity and reduce anxiety and stress. Very often in the offices the more “traditional” colors are still preferred, that is to say the classic white or cream. Certainly they are colors that communicate serenity and give light to the rooms, but at the same time they can be experienced by the employees as cold and too impersonal tones for the workplace. This often causes boredom and reduces productivity, so it is important to mix these colors with other colors, creating a good harmony, based on the sensations you want to communicate.

We can start by saying something that will seem obvious. Choosing warmer colors for the office will activate productivity mechanisms, while choosing colder colors will create a sense of relaxation and tranquility: mixing them well is therefore essential for a good yield. Also the color of the light sources is very important: the warmer lights are to be preferred over the colder ones. We must also try to make the most of natural light whenever possible.

Let’s see what colors are most used in the different work areas.

Executives  area

For the executive area and the offices of the chiefs, colors are usually preferred in shades of brown, sand, ocher, and the shades of wood, which give a sense of security, authority, stability and solidity: all indispensable characteristics for a good manager!


Relaxation areas, halls and meeting rooms

It is in these areas of the office that it is useful to use colder colors that slow blood pressure and promote relaxation. So go ahead in colors like green, blue, lilac and violet.

Blue is linked to the mind, to meditation, to relaxation. Green is a symbol of nature, harmony, plants and is associated with good breathing: it is very suitable when it comes to conducting seminars, courses and meetings. Finally, violet has a “calming” effect, helps to moderate irritability and encourages inspiration: it will be perfect for a meeting room, a place where ideas are born and exchanges of opinion take place.

Operations area

In the office areas where the actual work takes place, it will be useful to stimulate productivity and concentration by dosing the warm and strong colors, such as red, orange and yellow, and combining them with colder ones, such as green.

The red, being rather “aggressive” should be used sparingly, perhaps only for some elements, such as the office chairs: this will give vivacity to the environment without being too stressful. Orange, combined with green, seems to be able to stimulate proactive attitudes and involve workers. A good idea can be to use also some yellow elements: according to the color therapy this dye stimulates the intellective part of the brain, increasing attention and dynamism.

Where can we instead give space to red? This color finds its ideal location in the parts of offices such as the break area, the kitchen, the dining area, the reception area: all places where people talk, chat and create an atmosphere of conviviality: being the color of fire, red is cheerful and lively and will be a great way to introduce yourself to your customers. Choose it for entry: you will make a great impression!