Creating Healthy Work Spaces: Part 7 – Colour and Psychology
Colour is very important to us as it affects mood, can inspire creativity, and also helps to cheer you up. Colour connects people with spaces and can be the primary way to relay a message from our personality to a corporate image. When the weather is dull it can help to brighten up your day.
If you are fortunate enough to have the capability with which to add colour to your workplace, then aim to use a palette of pleasing, stimulating, complementary colours that won’t darken or shrink the room, thereby reducing your potential. For instance, don’t paint a ceiling black paint it white. Remember in an open plan office it is best to choose colours in harmony with others’ tastes such as colours that are not too summery or too wintry, not to feminine or too masculine, etc.
For many workers there is often little opportunity to bring colour into an environment through painted walls, especially in an open plan office where a lot of the walls are constructed mainly of glass and punctuated by many doors, or have tall items of furniture positioned against them. And it can be difficult to get everyone’s agreement. In situations like this it is often the case that you can inject a little colour and individuality in smaller ways within your own workstation, such as colourful upholstery on partitions and on seating. Or you could use a display board and pin lots of colourful pictures to it that are of a positive nature and which evoke happy memories, or they could be aspirational goals such as images of a car you want or a holiday you plan to go on. This can be a powerful way to bring things about using the power of the subconscious mind.
Read the final part of my blog next week, Part 8 – Positivity and Creativity.