Have you ever thought why you feel hungry while looking at the Ronald man of McDonald’s? Or wondered why red chilies always excite you?
“It’s because of the colour red which lures inner carving.”
Why sunrise fills you with energy and brings spontaneity in your day? Why blue defines loyalty, stability and is liked by half of the population?
“This is because of the psychological effects of the colours.”
Do you know what defines the colour as smooth or stimulating?
“It is the intensity ! A strong bright colour stimulates, and a colour with low saturation soothes.”
Colour has a central role in people’s lives. People are always experiencing these phenomena consciously or unconsciously in their daily lives. These experiences affect people psychologically and physiologically. Therefore, the three important concepts- colour, architecture, and emotion are related to each other.
But, what about the effects of colours on the working spaces?
Whether you’re wondering what colour to paint the office, or you’re looking to redesign your retail space, the colours you choose can increase your chance of reaching your goals. For example, if you want happier, more effective employees, then Green and Blue colours are wise choices. In contrary, shades of Gray or Brown may create dullness and lowers the productivity.
One may wonder that people’s response to colour is subjective, and is unpredictable. But that is not true as the harmony of colours is combined with its psychology and thus reactions can be predicted with surprising accuracy.
How do we choose the colour is very important decision in interior designing. Colours can be chosen from various colours in a colour wheel or colour circle.
The colour wheel is the set of classified colours in a rational way which describes the introductory principles of colours, relationship between them and interactions of various colour schemes.
It is the simple form of graphics to understand colours. Like, when we add white in another colour it gets lighter and termed as ‘tint’. And on another side, if black is added to that colour then it is a ‘shade’. While when grey is added to colour then it is called ‘tone’. Colour is not just the layer of paint on the surface, it is the fundamental elements of design.
So how does your colour signify and impact the employees? Here are some ideas:
Blue is an intellectual colour and the most accepted one in the professional domain. So if you are wondering which colour to paint in the common areas of your office, then blue is the key. Blue represents professionalism, communication, trust, logic, and efficiency. It can be used as the primary colour in office areas that require focused working. It is the colour of Finance so if you’re an accountant, blue probably would make you more productive. And if you are in a domain which needs more of routine work, then blue with a bit of orange will enhance your space and workability.
Red is a colour for passion, dynamism and action. It represents excitement, strength, and courage. This colour should be used in areas that demand physical energy. Red colour can be used in the manufacturing and packing areas where more of physical work is in progress. This can be used in the gyms of the co-working offices. Also it is good in high energy creative environments.
Yellow is the colour of creativity, friendliness, optimism, and confidence. You should incorporate yellow when you want to create a happy environment. And if you are a designer and you want creativity, then choosing yellow is a better option. It stimulates your spirits, and makes you more optimistic. It takes guts to be creative and come up with something new – that’s why yellow works in such environment.
Green provides balance. It represents harmony, nature, and restoration. It is used in areas of long working hours as it is the easiest colour on eyes because it requires no adjustment. Due to its balance, calm, and reassuring impact, this colour is usually used in medical premises. Green has been linked with broader thinking.
Purple is often associated with luxury or spirituality. It can promote deep contemplation. This colour can be used in meeting rooms and conference areas.
Orange blends the physical emotion of red and emotional value of yellow, creating a sense of comfort and also producing an invigorating effect. When used in the right quantity and direction it gives startling results, it is a fun colour. You can make it an option for a casual office lounge.
Grey is a great colour and can be used often in offices to give the sleek or modern look. But you have to be cautious while using it, as grey colour can impact the environment with low confidence and might result to depressing mood.
Pink is a calm colour and can be used in the places where peace is required. This colour can be wisely used for designers’ boardrooms where conversations may get heated. Pink also represents feminism. It can be used in the ladies restrooms of the offices.
White colour is the perfect back ground for all the above colours. The magic of colours is incomplete without white. It is a colour which reflects maximum natural light and creates an impression of spaciousness. It is on the foreground of white, the drama of colour palette unfolds.
Colour gives more response if used with colour scheme rather than an individual. Colours create a great impact on the life of people. They are just like the musical notes ! They are never right or wrong. Colours need to be placed & played at the right place and the right time.