Office colors

The Pyschology of Color at Work

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today we might be seeing some red, green, and white around the workplace, for the colors of the Mexican flag. Color is a great way to decorate our office spaces, and certain colors affect us in different ways at work. Here are some suggestions about how to integrate colors in various work areas to bring out different effects. 


Red is notorious for being an energy simulator. While a boost of energy at work can certainly be advantageous, red is also known to be distracting and can reduce analytical thinking. Try integrating this color in the break room at work.


Blue is thought to be one of the most universally accepted and overall favorite colors of people. Blue is wonderful for evoking feelings of stability and calmness, and will naturally lead to an increase in productivity. This is a good color to place where a lot of employees will spend time, so try using blue in a common area of the office.


Green, much like blue, is thought to be a very universal color. Green is known as the color of balance, helps promote concentration, and can even spark creativity. A conference or meeting room might be the perfect place for this color as it will get ideas going and everyone will feel right at home.


Yellow is a happy and emotionally stimulating color. However, yellow should be used in moderation as the color is often not very popular, and bright yellow can be unsettling to the eyes. A good place for yellow would be in the office kitchen or bathroom.


Purple is a color of relaxation and can evoke feelings of meditation. Purple is also a color of royalty and sophistication, but like yellow should be used in moderation. A good place for this color would be a waiting room.


Black, white, and grey are all known as neutral colors. They are perfect for blending in the background and balancing other colors. Black, white, and grey should be used to accent primary colors and when used correctly can create a special feeling of emotion and color in the workplace.

If you are unsatisfied with your current office atmosphere, ask our interior design team for suggestions about how to integrate colors into your office. View some of our past projects here.



Use Color Psychology to Boost Productivity

Colors are a matter of personal preference, but certain colors affect us in different ways and you can use this to your advantage when decorating your office spaces. Here are some suggestions for using specific colors to enhance different areas for different effect.


Red is known for being an appetite and energy stimulator, so this color is best used in environments with a lot of activity such as break rooms and busy meeting areas. Conversation may be enhanced by pops of this warm, exciting color.


Orange is thought of as a brain stimulating color that can help boost creativity. Like red, it may be a little harsh for an office environment but might energize an exercise room or break room.


Yellow is a happy, uplifting color but should be used in moderation; bright yellow can be jarring on the eyes and in some studies has caused anger or frustration in people. Kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways are great areas for yellow but avoid covering large spaces or use muted hues of the color.


Green is second only to blue as a cross-culturally positive color. It is refreshing, calming, and thought to promote concentration. Whether introducing some office plants or using green desktop artwork, this color is recommended for your main working area.


Blue is thought to be the best color for productivity and works in almost any environment. Blue evokes feelings of stability, quality, and cleanliness and comes in many warmer or cooler shades depending on the effect you want. Lighter blues can be calming while brighter turquoise blues can liven up a communal space.


Purple is yellow’s opposite and is a restful, luxurious color that many people associate with power and sophistication. Use it in moderation to add a polished and calming atmosphere to waiting rooms and offices.


Black, white, gray, and brown are all useful colors to use as a base for any area. These colors blend in to the background and are used to balance and complement other colors. Black is authoritative and intimidating in large quantities, but adds depth as an accent. White and gray can be refreshing and calming but may seem sterile without the contrast of brighter colors. Choose one or two primary colors and fill in the rest with neutral colors- go with your gut for what will work best in your space.

If you are unsatisfied with your office atmosphere, ask our EON Environments interior design team for suggestions on how to coordinate the colors in your office with furniture and accessories for a sophisticated and productive work space. View our past projects HERE.