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effective use of colour in your workplace

effective use of colour in your workplace

Even small touches or accents of colour can have a vitalising effect.

All workplaces benefit from an injection of colour. This does not necessarily entail saturating walls in vivid hues or installing a particularly vibrant floor colouring. Even small touches or accents of colour can have a vitalising effect. Colour not only affects our mode, it also has an imp at on our perception of space.

Warm, rich colours are enclosing and intimate; cool colours enhance the sense of space.  Similarly, tonal differences can be crucial. The lighter the shade, the more spacious an area will appear; dark shades draw in the walls. This is not an argument, however, in favour of pastels, which can appear ineffectual and weak in an office setting. If you want a 'hint' of background colour, the best solution is apply a thin colour wash or glaze of diluted paint over a white background, a technique that lightens the tone of the colour but preserves its fundamental vibrancy.

In many commercial, business or educational environments, neutral or natural backgrounds make practical sense. But there is a right and wrong way of using these reticent shades. Crisp, pristine walls, for example, are infinitely more uplifting than drab cream. Natural toned wooden floors or deep charcoal carpeting have greater depth of character and more definition than expanses of muddy brown or mid-grey.