How to Choose Office Paint Colors

September 22 Chris Kelly

Color has been proven to affect the productivity level in your office. The saturation and intensity of the color choice is as important as the actual color itself. Highly saturated, bright colors will stimulate; while softer, muted colors will soothe.

When you try to maximize productivity it is good to make sure that employees are surrounded by the colors that will best suit their type of work. Colors can elicit a variety of emotions, affecting the mood and output of your staff. Below are some common paint-colors and how they may affect your staff to help you make your color choice:

Red, Orange:

Reds and oranges are very intense colors and help to create an energetic environment. Red can stimulates the pulse and can raise blood pressure. A study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that red can help increase performance in employees who have detail-oriented assignments. Elizabeth Brown, principal of EB Color Consulting in Seattle, says, “Use red sparingly as too much of such a fiery color can evoke aggression and stress.” Orange can be a great alternative because it shares the attention-grabbing effect of red without as much aggression.

Motor Christmas yellowYellows is often used for dramatic accents to create a sense of happiness and optimism. Bright yellows should be used sparingly because large amounts of the color are said to cause anxiety, and studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in yellow rooms. Bold yellow is often good to use as an accent which can be offset with more muted colors. Christa O’Leary, founder of Home in Harmony Lifestyle, says, “Yellow might be a great accent amidst a calming sea of blue to help encourage some focus and direction.”

Blue, Green:
VHB_lobby_GreenStudies show that people are often more productive and confident in offices that are painted blue, have blue furniture or blue accents. Green is also a natural, calming color. According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin there is a link between the color green and creativity. Among the study’s participants, those who saw a glimpse of green prior to a creative task performed better. Splashes of green would be great in an office where innovation is a key component.

When you have chosen your perfect office paint color contact TRITEC Asset Management at 631-751-5577 or email Suzanne Adams to schedule a time to paint your office.  TRITEC uses the highest quality Benjamin Moore Paints; also, for the environmentally conscious, low VOC paint is available. If your office is in the TRITEC portfolio for every four walls you have painted you will get the fifth wall painted for free.