How the Office Room Colour Can Affect Morale & Productivity

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How the Office Room Colour Can Affect Morale & Productivity
How the Office Room Colour Can Affect Morale & Productivity

Colour has a specific wavelength, and each of these affects our body and brain in a different way, said Dr Robert Gerard. This means that using the right colour with correct selection and placement can heavily affect one’s feeling, attention, behaviour, mood, morale, and even productivity. 

Kwallek et al. also revealed that colour might directly impact someone’s feeling. Albeit the lack of colour in monochrome movies does not impair object recognition, it does dramatically alters the atmosphere. The team found that bland grey, beige and white colours in offices induced feelings of sadness and depression. On the contrary, low-wavelength colours, like green and calming blue, are often associated with improved efficiency and focus. Green and blue also lend an overall sense of well-being. 

Given the evidence that colour plays an important part to one’s mood and feeling, employers are recommended to learn about the art of choosing office colour, such that they can improve employee performance through the right colour selection. To know which colour suits best for each room in your workplace, read more…


Red has been associated with words of love as it stimulates heartbeat and breathing. Not only as a symbol of love, red colour also helps increase the energy of a room and demonstrate a sense of urgency. Human N Health survey found that red colour helps stimulate adrenal gland and neurons, which is ideal to use for an exercise room. However, while red is exciting, being exposed to red colour too much might result in frustration and provoke anger. Therefore, it will be good for you to use red colour with an accent to add depth to a workspace. 

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Orange is associated with activity and evokes conversation to flow. The colour can also be used within the workplace to draw employees’ attention to an area that you want them to look at. Subtle influences of bold colours could inspire workers at pinnacle moments. 


Yellow, a colour that is associated with a happy mood, can be great to apply in your office room. A study found that yellow is an energetic colour with enhances concentration and gives the brain and nervous system a wake-up call. Yet, you should also blend the colour with others as too much yellow could provoke unwanted anxiety and cause fatigue. 


Some studies have shown that people who work in green offices have higher rates of job satisfaction, and consumers have been shown to spend more time shopping in stores that are painted green. Additionally, green also relaxes the body and alleviates stress. 


Blue is often considered as an intellectual colour as it consequently promotes thinking, creativity, and performance. Besides, blue is also universally known as a stable and calming colour that will help your employees remain focused throughout the working day. Blue is also the most favourited colour in the world. No wonder, so many office designs incorporate blue into their schemes to attain employee satisfaction. 


Purple colour symbolises royalty, luxury, and sophistication. It also develops spirituality and deep thoughts. However, you might not want to use this colour to decorate your office. As reported by CBS, purple often has a negative impact on the work environment. 

Colour of Neutrality 

Colour of neutrality includes white, cream, soft greys, and brown. These colours can create a sense of comfort when blended with other colours. However, these alone might not give so much positive outcome to employees’ mood or morale. 

“Businesses should always consider the use of colour to promote a positive image, as well to establish an environment where people will prosper.” – Sonica Bucksteg, Dulux Colour Specialist 

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