eight ways to introduce colour into your workplace
Once the basic framework is in place, positive splashes of colour can be employed in a host of different ways. Here are a few ideas on how you could introduce colour into an office or study environment:
Rather than paint an entire room in a string colour, you can pick out a single wall or plane, the area of wall behind a reception desk, for example. Bright corridors, which provide a vibrant view from adjoining areas, are another way of using wall colour in limited but effective doses.
The potential of flooring. Although the floor represents a significant surface area, strong colour at floor level is less dominant than on the walls. You can also signal routes from area to area by creating a path in a contrasting or toning shade. This might usefully be reinforced by a shift of materials - moving from carpeting or wooden flooring in main spaces to more practical surfaces such as rubber and linoleum for hallways and service areas, for example. Rubber and linoleum are two materials which have undergone a vast improvement in recent years and are available in a host of exciting colours.
Bright pictures, plants and floral arrangements add instant vitality. Contemporary artwork is often a good source of ideas for colour schemes; displays at entrances or where people congregate convey an outgoing, optimistic message. Indoor plants create an oasis of flaming green in areas where people are waiting. Fresh flowers, renewed weekly, provide an unbeatable sense of welcome.
Use strong colours to upholster sofas and chairs in waiting rooms and project a positive image. First impressions count, in the office as much as at home. Colour signals confidence at the immediate point of contact.
Lighten open plan office floors with coloured filing cabinets and document units. Just as household 'white goods' are white no longer, but available in a variety of bright colours, there is no longer any need to stick to regulation grey when it comes to office furniture.
Coloured paper, folders and even paperclips boost productivity and morale. Colourful details and accessories allow staff to express their individuality and bring a sense of fun to their work.
Use colour to highlight, instruct and signpost. Adding colours to documents results in an 80% increase in the attention span of readers. Invoices where the amount due is highlighted in colour are more likely to be paid than those in black and white.
Light and colour…. Bear in mind all colours look different under artificial light than they do in conditions of bright daylight. The standard household tungsten bulb, found in many desk lamps, has a warmish cast which will enrich naturally warm tones of yellow, red and orange. Fluorescent light sources, on the other hand, common in many office environments, tend to emit a greenish glow which can make colours look slightly muddy. The truest artificial light, which renders colours almost as faithfully as daylight, is halogen.
Refreshing a work or study environment with colour can make the difference. If you are planning a new environment, contact us today for more information about how you can use colour in your furniture.