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What color is better for the office?

Based on research, scientists have found that the environment in the office affects productivity, the desire to come to work and be in the office all day. Therefore, the choice of colors should be approached competently, taking into account the psychological state of the workers in the perception of a particular color. What color to choose for the walls in the office?

When choosing a design for an office, one should take into account many factors and the influence of colors on the visual perception of a person. To create an overall picture, the following examples of wall painting can be given:

  • Grey and its derivatives or neutral colors. Relate to calm tones. They do not irritate the eyes, but cause despondency and apathy. The gray shade of the walls in the office is combined with the color of the clothes of the employees, so it is possible that soon everyone will fall asleep at the workplace, and this will reduce labor productivity.

  • Paint the office yellow. The opinion of psychologists is twofold. Some believe that this color of the office is pleasing to the eye, uplifting and increases productivity. Another opinion of experts is that in such an environment it will simply be impossible to concentrate on the task at hand. Both are scientifically substantiated and have their own evidence, but for each person, the attitude to this color is individual and everything will depend on its perception.

  • Green. For the office, this tone is the most optimal. It does not tire during the working day, and therefore you can work quietly for a long time. Decorating the walls with green is soothing to the eye. When doing work that requires concentration, this is the most suitable solution. The design of the selected flooring in green tones gives businesslike character at the same time.

  • Blue. If you paint the walls of office premises with this color, then the effectiveness of the work of employees will also be at a high level. If the work activity is related to counting or small details, then this solution will be optimal. It is important to choose the color blue, not blue, otherwise the perception will be the opposite.

  • Brown. When choosing such a design, one should take into account that it has a depressing effect on the human psyche. But if you paint the walls, for example, in the office of the investigator, then a feeling of security is created among visitors.

  • Red. Only creative workers can choose such tones. A room painted in such tonalities enhances emotionality and causes aggressiveness in mentally unbalanced people. Red invigorates and is good for such people whose labor activity is aimed at performing physical labor. This color is categorically not recommended for use in the office of the head involved in negotiations and conclusions of contracts. Such a design will only exacerbate situations that arise when resolving contentious issues, cause excitement, irritation and, perhaps, conflict situations.

  • Orange. Applying this tone to the walls will be ideal for receiving clients and concluding contracts. But it is recommended to use an orange shade, it is perceived softer and does not irritate the eyes.

  • Violet. It calms and helps to relax, so individual places can be painted in such tones.

  • White. Painting the walls in the office in this color will visually make even a small room larger, white also gives efficiency and rigor.

  • Black is used in the office to create contrast with other tones. In general, black will only cause negative reactions from others.

How to choose the right shades?

The chosen design depends on some parameters, and in order to correctly determine what exactly is suitable, it is not necessary to be a specialist. Consider the following factors:

  1. parameters of the area of ​​the room;

  2. Which side are the windows facing?

  3. illumination of the room;

  4. window sizes.


  • If additional lighting is needed, this problem can be solved by adding lamps on tables or walls.

  • Decorative paints of warm shades are used for rooms whose windows are directed to the north side, and on the contrary, cold tones are used for the south sides.

  • The color of the walls in the office also depends on the furniture to be purchased or available in the room.

The opinion of psychologists

As noted above, the color of the walls in the office has a direct impact on the mental state of a person, his performance, including the ability to concentrate on tasks and, in general, his productivity during the working day. In practice, many factors have been confirmed.

List of expert opinions:

  • The design, saturated with bright colors, is aimed at excitation of the nervous system.

  • Decorative paint of different colors and shades can provoke migraines and increase fatigue.

  • Calm tones are well suited, they increase efficiency.

  • It is recommended to select cool colors for small areas, they visually expand the space and provide focus on a particular task.

  • The best results are achieved by combining warm and cold shades, while the impact on the human psyche will be positive.

  • The green color is always pleasing to the eye, this solution ensures the concentration of employees' attention, especially if their activities are related to working on a computer.

  • The design in gray tones is soothing, but also allows you to fall asleep at the workplace.

  • Yellow is used to increase mental alertness.

  • Not entirely successful will be decisions on the choice of purple or blue colors, they suppress performance.

  • A negative impact on productivity and pink colors.

What color to paint the office is decided by the head or his subordinate staff. But if the work being done is related to creativity, then bright and saturated colors should be used. For work that requires concentration, calmer shades will do.

The main goal is to comply with labor protection standards, including the preservation of health in the course of work. Every leader should know this, since it is he who is responsible for the health of his subordinates.

If it is difficult to independently determine which colors to choose for the design of the workspace, especially if the work has different directions, then it is recommended to turn to professionals. Specially trained people who have supporting documents for this

type of activity will be able to correctly assess the situation and find a suitable solution.

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