25 June 2024
Curated by: Redazione IVM

Office design: how the choice of colour influences productivity

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Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” said Pablo Picasso, capturing the essence of how colours can influence our mood and our productivity. This concept is particularly important in contemporary working environments, where the choice of colour can transform boring offices into stimulating and productive spaces.

The increasing focus on employee well-being and their productivity has led to a new level of awareness regarding the importance of furniture and the choice of colour in working environments.

Numerous studies have explored the impact of the choice of colour on learning and personal well-being, analysing the correlation between visual exposure and the range of individual emotional and behavioural reactions.

When strategically implemented as part of an office furnishing project, colours can have a positive effect on people and ambience.

A reduction in stress and an increase in concentration

The calming effect of colours such as blue and green is well known, as they reflect the colours of nature, to which humans are particularly sensitive, provoking a profound sense of connection. Incorporating these hues into office design can help to favour a more relaxed atmosphere, helping employees to manage stress and anxiety. At the same time, a study carried out by the University of Texas has demonstrated that green and blue can improve concentration and increase productivity by up to 12%, rendering them ideal colours for highly innovative and technological offices.

Better moods and creative stimulation

Bright, warm colours such as red, orange and yellow can evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and cheerfulness. These colours express energy, and can stimulate creative thought, favouring the free flow of ideas. These characteristics render them particularly suitable to environments that encourage brainstorming and collaboration.

However, colours need to be used with moderation, in order to avoid the risk of provoking the opposite effect, leading to excessive tiredness and visual dispersion.

Encouraging rest and relaxation

Incorporating colours such as lavender, pastel blue and pale green helps to create a relaxing and almost therapeutic atmosphere. They can also, in general, promote a sense of balance and reduce anxiety, thus improving the general well-being of employees. These colours are particularly effective in break rooms or in spaces dedicated to relaxation.

Colour psychology is therefore a form of science that aids design, going beyond the realm of aesthetics and aiming to improve the functionality of the office and orienting the strategic choices taken by architects and planners, creating working environments that are increasingly stimulating and productive.

The choice of colour in office design is not simply a matter of aesthetics; rather, it can have a significant impact on the well-being and productivity of employees. Colour psychology therefore goes beyond the realm of aesthetics, aiming to improve the functionality of the office and orienting the strategic choices taken by architects and planners, creating working environments that are increasingly stimulating and engaging.

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