You may not need to feng shui your entire office, but take notice: Style, color and interior graphics all make a difference. Certain colors or images can subconsciously alter and affect workers’ moods, so be careful and make sure you’re choosing the right interior decor. You want your employees happy and engaged, right?
To help you create a productive office space for your business, we’ve compiled a few hints and tips about how you can use color and graphics to boost performance.
Start with color
Color affects both mood and productivity. According to a recent study from the University of Texas, colors such as beige, white and gray, i.e. bland hues, elicit feelings of sadness and depression, especially among women. Men also had these feelings in reaction to purple and orange.
But it’s not all gloom and doom. Research from TaskWorld found certain primary colors have specific positive effects on employees. Blue promotes calm; yellow can inspire happiness and creativity; green is great for reducing eye fatigue – best for those who work long hours – and red is your “productivity color,” attracting attention and speeding up the heart rate.
Colors can be used to spice up boring walls, revamp common areas or even be used as part of your interior graphic design.
Consider your walls
Yes, as previously mentioned, walls can be painted any of these colors to transform a drab office, but you should also consider what goes on those walls other than paint.
Both art and interior graphics can serve as focal points for an office. They can inspire employees, be a source of motivation and even be a great way to start a conversation with visitors. Furthermore, studies show a decorated office can improve employee wellness, job performance and underscore your branding.
According to a study from BOSTI Associates, “There is a clear correlation between how people experience the offices they work in and their productivity levels on the job, including job performance, satisfaction and their ability to communicate with each other.”
How interior graphics can contribute to employees’ well-being
When designing interior graphics for your office, be sure to choose colors that work with your employees’ personalities and needs in addition to choosing images that inspire, motivate, calm or spark creativity.
Additionally, your choices aren’t limited to images and colors, there are many different mediums and styles you can play with when crafting interior graphics. You can even create a variety of short-term graphics that can be switched out depending on the season, project or even just on a whim. You can design fun murals for the office area, while sticking with branded designs for the front.
Whichever the type of graphic you decide to choose, make sure it’s consistent with your brand messaging and uses colors and a style to boost the well-being of your employees. In the end, your office will be a happier place.