Colors are the easiest way to generate a good mood. Some rules are important concerning the use in offices.
If we look at the cycle of the seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter, it quickly becomes clear which season produces the best mood. When, after the short, grey days of rain, slush or snow of the winter, the days at last become longer, the sun shines and the landscape becomes colorful, then your mood improves as well.
The colors on a sunny day are absolutely clear and bright. In contrast, on a gloomy rainy day in winter all colors appear in a grey shade. In northern countries (for example, Scandinavia), where the winters last several months, people often become depressed, due to the bad mood produced by the grey landscape over such a long period of time. In contrast, we admire the joie de vivre of the people in the more southern countries, where the sun shines more. The gloriously colorful landscape produces a good mood.
In view of this simple logic, is it not almost perverse when offices are installed with furnishings in all possible shades of grey? Different shades of grey on walls, ceilings and furniture in the office do not only affect the mind but also creativity, focus and productivity. This affects all the employees from the operative employee through to the managing director.
Anyone who has tried to present a color concept to a group of decision-makers (owner, managing director, secretaries and other involved parties), knows how difficult it is. It is impossible to conform with and fulfil the tastes and ideas of each individual. It is not surprising, if interior designers and architects are happy to avoid this debacle and simply take the lowest common denominator. Logically, that is red, um… blue, also not? .. let’s take grey then.
To make it easier for the parties involved and decision-makers to decide about colors, in the following we show different systems which help to make the topic comprehensible in analytical terms.