April is the month when we truly begin noticing the colors of spring. Colors of blue skies, yellow tulips, and green grass make it easy to say goodbye to the winter white and hello to the Cincinnati Reds! (As a Cincinnati office furniture dealer, we just had to add that!)
Spring has always been associated with bursts of color. Cheerfully enough, research has also proven that the season medically and psychologically makes us happier, in a phenomenon known as Spring Euphoria. Therefore, OstermanCron has decided to devote our April blog posts to creating a happier work environment. We figured the best topic to begin with is color.
Color is so important when dealing with office design, as it appears to change depending on the office setting’s main purpose. For example, in training rooms housing conference tables, collaborative office furniture, or any other areas designed for cooperation and teamwork, turquoise and yellow are suggested as they stimulate creativity and teaching. However, an area demanding higher productivity, such as office cubicles, calls for hues of blue. Orange is also a top pick to accent offices, as it adds energy, enthusiasm and a burst of color to office designs. A recent client of ours incorporated orange into their office, and man! Energizing certainly describes it.
While this color code may be ever altering, companies are still working on getting it right. Take Google for example, recently deemed by Forbes as having the happiest employees in the world. Google’s office design for employees involves constantly changing paint colors. Focused on the project of “creating the perfect environment,” Google is relentlessly testing, researching, and changing room colors to discover which colors makes their employees most productive and happy. Don’t believe us? Google it.
Although choosing the right color for your office may appear as puzzling as some of the items we discover in the back of our closet while spring cleaning, it tells us one thing. Some things in life simply aren’t always going to be black and white.