Smart Color Choices for the Office

October 20, 2011

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White walls and white trim are no longer acceptable when it comes to color choices for the office.

Today’s office environments are vibrant, active places that should motivate workers and present a positive image to clients and vendors. The color scheme you choose can affect the mood and emotions of the workers, so taking time to consider your paint options can be worthwhile in better productivity and improved office morale.

It’s a good idea to seek the advice of an interior designer or painting contractor. Proper use of color can improve lighting, develop a sense of a bigger or smaller space, and reflect your company’s philosophies. Ask your design professionals about computer programs which will enable you to see just what the office will look like after it’s painted.

Researchers have revealed that different colors in the work environment have a direct effect on workers. Blues and greens seem to be calming and reassuring, often producing a sense of well-being. Red and yellow are described as ‘stimulating’ colors that can fire up feelings of braveness and strength as well as aggression and action. Black and white combinations are sometimes thought to evoke a sense of authority and power.

Color combinations can often modify a strong color while maintaining a comfortable ambiance. Be careful using any intense or extreme color, such as neon green or fire engine red since they might be very stimulating. If you’re drawn to those colors, use them in moderation. Keep in mind accessories like picture frames, plants and flower arrangements may also add color to the office theme.

As you consider colors, remember the floor and windows. Floor treatments are actually available that reflect light and brighten rooms. Ask your painting contractor about floor coverings and window trims that best utilize natural light.

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