The answer is, yes! The color of your office space does in fact effect your mood and productivity. So, if you’ve been wondering why you are instantly tired the minute you walk into work in the morning, it might not be because of how much sleep you had last night or the lack of coffee you’ve consumed that morning; of course, those things play a big factor as well; maybe your office is just painted the wrong color. It might not be your job that makes you irritated and stressed. Your mood could possibly me fixed by a simple paint job. It’s worth a try, right?

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Way too many office spaces are filled with gray, beige, and white on everything from the cubicle walls to the carpet, cubicle panels, desks, furniture, and decoration because they are neutral colors. However, these color themes actually trigger sadness and depression, plus they are boring. Add some color to your workplace, brighten it up, capture attention, and make it feel more alive inside.

However, white is a great accent color. It makes your space feel bigger and generates the impression of cleanliness (that is, if you actually keep your office clean). Use white for a few furniture pieces or an office conference table, but don’t go overboard with this color. And try to avoid gray and beige.

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Blue has been proven to improve efficiency and focus, which is a great response for an office. This is a very calming color; it reduces stress and lowers your heart rate. But, be careful, you don’t want your employees falling asleep at work. I recommend using blue on an accent wall or on your cubicle panels. It’s also a great idea to decorate with the color blue. Hang artwork, use frames, vases, and more that all contain calming colors. This is also a great color for a reception area to make your guests feel relaxed.

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Green is also a relaxing color that aids in improving efficiency and focus. This color results in the least strain on the eyes, therefore, is a great choice for people who spend long periods of time in front of a computer screen. Like blue, green is very calming and welcoming, and would work great in a reception area, as well as other areas around the workplace.

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Yellow promotes creativity, which makes this a great color in offices for artists, writers, designers, and developers. This is an extremely optimistic, energetic, and fresh color. But, be careful not to use too much because it can irritate your eyes after a while. However, the mood and responses that this color triggers make it a great accent color around the workplace in artwork, decoration, flowers, or accent walls or panels.

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Red is very attention grabbing and it stands out, hence stop signs and fire trucks. This color is active, intense, and sometimes alarming. It increases your heart rate and blood flow, causing an energizing response. If you want something to stand out, such as a piece of artwork, a decoration, or maybe even a cubicle, if it’s a reception cubicle or customer service cubicle, I recommend this color. However, don’t go overboard on this color either because too much of this response can be stressful and overwhelming. Avoid pink for the most part though. Decorating with this color is alright, but it’s a little too informal for the workplace.

So, next time you’re choosing colors for your office walls, cubicle panels, or carpeting, or even just decorating, remember the effects that each color has on your mood and productivity. Take these points into careful consideration. Consider the mood that you want everyone to feel in a specific room. For example, you want a reception area to feel calm and inviting, but your offices to be dominantly green with pops of yellow, and white accents to allow employees to feel relaxed, focused, and creative. Also, think about the job position of your employees. Are they required to spend a lot of time in front of the computer? Do you need to spark their creativity? The color of your workspace can play a big role in the mood and productivity of employees, so make sure you are smart with your design choices to trigger the best and most effective response. A simple color change could make a huge difference.