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Ever notice how paint colors, textures and fabrics can breathe new life into a space? As work styles and office environments continue to change, workers are increasingly rejecting the sea of sameness in favor of spaces that provide mental and emotional stimulation. A recent University of Texas study identified that monochromatic surroundings induce feelings of sadness and depression. In contrast, thoughtfully designed spaces that layer a combination of materials and colors appeal to a wider variety of people and elicit positive emotional responses.

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Planning Tips

Put this knowledge to work in your office space by keeping these color theories and design tactics in mind:

  • Strategically select your colors to promote overall behaviors and feelings rather than catering to personal preferences.
  • Mix up your palette throughout the office to offer variety for all workers, identify circulation paths, and reflect the changing character of the environment.
  • Make the most of the natural light in your space by relying on lighter hues in those areas that will better reflect the light.

A Human Centered Approach

Purposeful work requires a design approach that blends creative space planning with innovative materials and palettes. Taking a personal approach to color selection can increase focus and social interaction, while offering everyone the variety they crave throughout the day.

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Brighter colors positively impact focus and task accuracy

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Blue produces a calming influence, promoting mental acuity and creative thinking

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Pink minimizes feelings of irritation, aggression, loneliness and discouragement

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Red enhances feelings of energy, vitality and ambition

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Yellow makes people alert, paving the way for clear decision-making

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Orange calms emotions and boosts self-esteem, creating a sense of enthusiasm

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