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Can Color Increase Productivity?


In a world where productivity is an ever-needed personal resource, there are a number of things you can do to supplement your own energy level. Color therapy is one such method to encouraging increased productivity. One of the keenest senses that humans have is that of sight, and as such, the color of your location can affect your moods and energy levels. If you want to encourage a specific emotion or ability in people, then color-coding your world is a great place to start.

The Psychology of Color

Different hues have different effects on people’s moods. Colors with warmer bases, like red or yellow, tend to emphasize action and high energy. Hues with color bases such as blue or green soothe people’s senses and can calm or alleviate anxiety. Depending on the type of energy you want to encourage in your space, the color choice should solve some of the problems you face.

Using Warm Hues

Warm hues are a great choice if you see people acting sluggish or without much motivation. Rich, warm colors can incite a flurry of activity and productive behavior in even the most boring of subjects or tasks. Colors like deep coffee brown, a golden olive, a light peach, or even a warm-hued white are great for keep people’s energy up and spirits high. One thing to keep in mind when choosing a warm color for your space is that some colors more strongly effect people than others. Bright reds are visually striking, but some people experience them as anxiety inducing or stressful. When you are browsing for the perfect color for your space, be aware of how the colors might be too strong and minimize the effect you are seeking.

Using Cool Hues

If your work place is a high stress environment then it might be a good idea to cool emotions down with different wall treatments or decor. Blue tinted paints or pale yellow hues are good choices if emotions are too high. Some such colors include pale blues, navy, cool grey tones, lavender, or even blue-based greens. Remember to avoid energizing hues.



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