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Too often we take colours for granted. Warmer, cooler, lighter and darker colours are known to have a psychological effect on us. So it makes sense that there will be different colour ranges that will optimize the working environment we wish to create.

Monotonal beiges, whites and greys will bring a serious tone to a room. Where functionality is important, like technical workmanship, these sort of colour ranges deflect attention and leave the worker to concentrate more on the job at hand. Vibrant, prime colours stimulate a feeling or expectation. Blue, like the colour of the sky, is stable and familiar. It is generally a good base colour against which to accent other colour influences. Green is good for people who work long hours. It’s a cool colour that helps to keep you calm. Yellow is great for inspiring innovative thinking. People who need to produce new ideas and designs in their line of work might consider incorporating warmer, bright colours in their workspace. Red grabs the eye. It suggests physical activity and induces emotion and passion that has a knock-on effect for productivity.

Think about the effect you want when you walk into your office every day. You might also want to include the stationery that sits on your desk.