Why You'll Want to Add These Colors to Your Office, and Avoid Others

Color

Imagine sitting down to produce your work in a room that has nice bright shades of color all around compared to working in a cubicle or office with pale or white faded walls. One is inviting and bright while the other will have you staring down the clock wishing you were anywhere but there

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There is no coincidence behind feeling unstoppable and creative in a vibrant and colorful room compared to feeling drab and meh in a dull and boring office.

But can color really push us to create our best work?

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Research shows us that a staggering 72% of one’s office color has mood enhancing properties that will either help or hinder productivity. The psychological effects of color have such an underpinning in research that the findings of chromology, the psychology of color, are used in designing everything from hotel rooms to even cereal packages. 

It’s no wonder I ran dry of ideas and felt overwhelmed in my bland colorless cubicle when working for a corporate job a few years ago.

Before we dive into the exact color you should have in your workspace, we must first look at how color works within our human experience.

Angela Wright is a world-renown color psychologist who has developed a scientifically-tested theory of color named the color affects system. She has also written a popular book on color psychology

According to Angela, this is how color works:

“We’re always surrounded by lots of colors. Color travels to us on wavelengths of photons from the sun. And when they strike a colored object, that object absorbs only the wavelengths that match its own atomic structure, and they reflect the rest, and that’s what we see. So the different wavelengths strike the eye in different ways. In the retina, they are converted into electrical impulses that pass to the part of the brain known as the hypothalamus, which governs our endocrine system and hormones, and much of our activity.”

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The Top 4 Colors to Help You Produce Your Best Work

 

Green-

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This hue is harmonizing and is associated with freshness and relaxation. Green is particularly helpful if you feel overwhelmed by #AllTheThings you need to complete. One way to incorporate more green if you lack in this color is by adding plants or moving your workstation by a window if live near trees and shrubbery.

Blue-

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When we think of blue, the first thing the mind usually associates is the sky or the ocean. Blue helps us feel free and open. This color is also associated with loyalty and excellent communication. If you struggle with getting your words across, blue is a hue that aides the mind to assist with communication. The color properties in blue also aide in concentration, so if you fidget a lot, blue will get you in the right mindset.

Red-

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If you’re needing a sense of urgency, red is your go-to! But if you’re not needing your eyes to gravitate towards a particular area, you should avoid including red there. Red should be used subtly as it is a stimulating color that gets your heart pumping and raises your pulse. It also activates our “fight or flight”.  Only use red sparingly as being on edge and in an alarming state of mind, 24/7 can increase cortisol levels causing headaches, stress and eventually burn-out.

 

Yellow:

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Needing a creativity boost? Yellow is energizing and radiates positivity. It plays to our emotions and lifts confidence levels and is excellent for getting you into the right mood for producing great work. As the strongest psychological color, you might want to opt for yellow tones to stimulate your creativity. Yellow also aides in optimism, self-assurance, and happiness. However, too much yellow can bring those feelings of elevation too far and cross into anxiety (or even anger). 

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