The Use Of Colour Within The Workplace


Accredited to
Sarah Foster-Smith, Senior Designer at Forbo Flooring Systems

In an era that has seen a heightened focus on workplace design, it’s important that we take all matters of design into consideration. This includes the use of colour, which is ultimately a visual experience that subconsciously affects the brain, impacting on productivity and how employees work.

By carefully selecting shades or playfully clashing them, you can create a working environment that lifts the moods and attitude of those working within the space. However, deciding what colours to choose can be a tricky decision; you need colours that will encourage employees to be proactive and motivated but also relaxed and calm.

Warm inviting colour such as orange incorporated within an interior scheme can get people thinking and talking – sparking enthusiastic responses and inspiring creativity. Used throughout for dynamic impact or sparsely to draw attention to an area such as meeting rooms and collaborative working space, as bold colour can inspire workers at pinnacle moments.

 For sections of an office that require a more peaceful ambiance, such as deadline-driven areas, quiet booths or boardrooms, the colour blue is well suited, as it evokes feelings of relaxation and tranquillity. In fact, it has been proven to reduce stress by lowering the blood pressure and heart rate. It also boosts intellectual thought, thus helping employees to focus on the task in hand.

Nevertheless, one colour that is continuing to be incorporated into the workplace, following the trend of biophilic design, is green. Green is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, life and the environment. It’s also understood to be one of the most restful and relaxing colours for the human eye to view and by using this shade within an office environment, it can boost creativity, while reducing anxiety.

Grey and beige shades create a neutral backdrop for any scheme. Peaceful and harmonious, these tones can be used in combination for a sophisticated ambiance or equally used with highlight and pastel tones to co-ordinate or contrast with other interior design elements. Lighter shades of grey create the illusion of spaciousness and make a space seem larger than it is, while also conveying a sense of simple modernity.

Indeed, once the colour palette has been chosen for a new office scheme, it is then time to decide how you will use them. Will you carefully combine them or playfully clash them to create a dynamic workspace? You will also need to decide how you will incorporate the shades.

There are many ways to do this, such as through the specification of furniture, wall murals and of course, the flooring, with collections available on the market that have been designed to allow specifiers to easily clash shades to create a vigorous environment, like Forbo’s new Tessera Chroma collection.

Comprising 12 neutral and 15 bright colours, Tessera Chroma’s palette has been selected to have a subtle blended effect, thanks to each colourway consisting of three different shades. This has helped to provide a warm aesthetic and allow specifiers to create eclectic colour combinations that can bring out the desired personality of spaces. Specifiers will also discover five modern hues of green within this collection to work perfectly with the biophilic interior design.

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