Benefits of Colour in a Workspace

This blog will touch on why colour is important in not only your daily lives but more specifically, our working lives.
Here are some studies that show how colours affect our lives in general:
  • Blue coloured streetlights can reduce crime.
  • The colour red speeds up reaction times.
  • Placebo pills that are warm-coloured (i.e., red) are more effective than cool coloured ones. 
In the office, however, effective use of colours can create a productive and harmonious workplace.
Psychologists Cockerill and Miller found that productivity, speed, and accuracy increased when participants wore goggles tinted with their favourite colour. While this may not be something you would do, using more appropriate methods, colour psychology allows us to decorate our surroundings to suit us.

Specific Colour Associations

Blue is best for ‘building a stable and calming environment that helps people stay focused’.

Green is great for working long hours and this is partially because it doesn’t cause eye fatigue the way other colours do.

Yellow is a sunny colour and is known to promote optimism and stimulate creativity.

Red is great for tasks that involve physical labour as it raises heart rate, increases blood flow, and evokes emotion.



I hope you learnt something from this blog and have a reason to fill your workspace with colour! Remember, there are no strict rules for what colours to use, mix and match all you want.

We will be discussing more of this in future blogs so stay tuned!

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