Color is always an important factor to consider when designing an office. For 30 years, I have worked in the design field and throughout that time I have found that color truly inspires and affects the way we act and think, especially at OstermanCron. Whether it’s a splash of color in office cubicles or colored fabric for modular furniture, it’s truly a science that I am so passionate about. Here are a few tips that I have learned throughout my career:
First, you will want to consider the image you want to convey to your employees and the public. It’s important to maintain a business feel while also creating a space where employees are comfortable. A great place to start is with neutral colors.
Neutrals, such as whites, taupe, and greys, have a calming effect on the office with less eyestrain. These colors help encourage concentration and are easy to incorporate into pieces like office partitions. They are also less-trendy and are more likely to match future styles.
Bright colors can be used as an accent to add interest to an office design. Below are some great accent colors that work well in any office space:
This color creates a calm, tranquil environment that promotes relaxation. Using blue in your office can help bring you and your employees a sense of peace – think of a pool or the ocean. Blue also symbolizes honesty and wisdom.
Green is the color of our environment and has a natural, calming effect on our senses. For this reason, it’s the perfect color to use in healthcare furniture. Green can help relieve stress, is easy on the eyes, and hints at wealth and prestige as in money.
Incorporating this color will bring sunshine and cheer into the office along with a high energy level. Yellow is the shade of optimism and might help stimulate creativity. Here’s a fun recent project we completed in which we used yellow. Yellow is also a great color for younger children, this bright friendly color often appears in preschool classroom furniture and even middle school classroom furniture.
This is an attention getting color and helps you and your employees become more productive as it stimulates the observer physically. Red is a passion inspiring color, the hue of Valentines and fire trucks.