Research, academic studies and indeed our own personal experience prove that colour influences our moods in or outside the workplace.

The generally accepted basic principles of colour therapy are:

  • Colour has an automatic influence
  • The meaning of colour is either biological or learned
  • People automatically evaluate a colour
  • The evaluation of a colour causes behaviour induced by that colour
  • Colour has a specific meaning to each individual
  • The context a colour is perceived in has an effect

Colour and mood

Every individual’s moods can be triggered by colour.  However, the moods that are triggered vary from one person to another and can be influenced by a person’s ancestral habitat and cultural background. All colours fit into one of two categories; warm or cool.

  • Warm colours – Yellow, red and orange are considered “warm” colours. They are said to cause feelings of warmth and comfort.
  • Cool colours – Blue, purple and green are said to induce feelings of calm and serenity.

Colours at work

Studies conducted by institutions like the University of Hawaii at Hilo have identified the way these colours affect a work environment.

  • Green and Blue – Walls painted with these colours can create feelings of calm and relaxation in employees. Green gives eyes some rest and helps reduce anxiety. This is especially helpful where lighting is not at an optimal level, or employees spend the day staring at computer screens. Blue helps reduce stress by lowering the blood pressure and heart rates.
  • Yellow and Orange – These colours, associated with the sun, make a person feel warm and happy. However, yellow, the colour of caution, in a workplace can cause eyestrain by over-stimulating the eyes. This can annoy and irritate employees.
  • Red – This colour can stimulate and excite employees. It can increase respiration, heart rate and brain activity. However, it can get a person really worked up and is best used as an accent and not as a main colour. Red can stimulate feelings of love, passion and danger, and has very strong attention-getting characteristics.
  • Pink – A very feminine colour, pink can have a relaxing effect on employees. For a professional workplace, however, the casual, cosy feelings that pink evokes are not suitable.
  • White – Another highly reflective colour, white can be a cause of eyestrain. However, it conveys feelings of sterility and cleanliness although it is not a very stimulating colour.

So colours do affect the workplace with cool colours being the best choice, as people need to be calm and relaxed. SJS solutions can help create that environment with their employee engagement and visual communications software Optymyse.  With template driven designs, this colourful wallboard solution can contribute towards organisational success.