Colour in the workplace:
People working in places where very little thought has been given to Colour schemes,ventilation, lighting and the environment in general will very likely become ill. Properly designed rest areas can ensure that staff work to their best potential during working hours, while mentally stimulating colours can improve motivation and enhance health thus improving productivity.
Offices, retail shops, leisure areas-gyms, public inns, hotels, schools and hospitals, etc…. all rely on colour to help promote, expand, create, enhance all communication with the public to attract confidence , change perspectives and attract money and new ideas, while also considering the health of those within.
Those working from home should be careful not to work in a monochrome environment, such as browns and creams, greys and white. These colours are unfriendly, harsh, and often depressing, offering very little relief in the way of brightness, but by adding in a third colour you can liven it up! Yellows, oranges and reds can aid creativity, while blues, greens and turquoise can be gentle and relaxing .
Studies have been made involving schools in the USA where half of a school was painted in soft therapeutic colours, such as shades of pink in the corridors, with warm beige, creams, blues and greens in the classrooms. The result proved that pupils in this half had a higher attention span, achieving higher marks and there was less violent behaviour. More schools and even places of reform and prisons are now using these ideas.
Children in nursery schools with issues and learning difficulties have found comfort by sitting in areas of blocked colours.
Public reception rooms and hotel lobbies use rich bright colours to create the feel of luxury and comfort. While deep red, peach and yellow are welcoming, deep blues and greens are used to aid relaxation thus creating a friendly atmosphere.