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Office Painting for Efficiency

Office Paint Colors for Productivity & Well-Being

July 11, 2023

Workplaces are busy spaces these days with productivity and efficiency being of utmost importance. Workplaces also have a culture that needs to be nurtured and encouraged in order to stay positive for both mental health and the success of the company. 

Obviously, the overall output in your office is due in no small part to the people who work there. But there are other factors at work as well. One of these factors is the color scheme of the environment. 

Choosing a color scheme for your office can be a challenge if you don’t have any idea where to start or what colors could impact your employee’s work habits. Some businesses use a variation of their branding colors, while others tend toward the neutrals or white family for the wall surfaces. 

Let’s explore what the colors on the walls could do to (or for) your workforce’s efficiency and productivity level. 

warm vs cool colorsColor Psychology 

Psychology and design experts have known for decades that colors can have a huge impact on our mood, outlook on life, and even productivity in the workplace. According to Color Psychology Online, “Color can evoke emotions, inspire reactions, and change modes of thinking. It can excite or soothe your mood, raise or lower your blood pressure, and even whet your appetite! Whether it’s innate or learned, it’s undeniable that color has a vital impact on how we go about our lives.”


The blue color family is seen by most as a relaxing and calm color that can bring peace and stability to a chaotic office atmosphere. It is also seen as a color that stimulates creativity and gets those creative juices flowing. In this way, it is often considered by color experts to be a productive color, especially if your business has a creative component. 


While reds are considered activator colors that alert viewers to hazards, such as a stop sign, they are also good at grabbing people’s attention in retail environments and alerting shoppers to deals. However, in the workplace, this color may portray a little bit too much urgency to be considered a productivity booster. It is more of an anxiety booster which many people do not want in their work environment. 

So, if you must use red at the workplace, use it as an accent color or in areas where you want to draw attention to architectural details, a sign, or some other focal point. 


Greens are a great choice for workplaces hoping to boost efficiency and productivity. Seen as a color of balance and reassurance, green can be soothing like the blue color family and can also lessen eye strain – good for those who work long hours. 

Softer greens tend to evoke feelings associated with nature that ground many of us and center our focus. This is especially important in workplaces where there tend to be distractions. 


If ever there was a color associated with happiness, it is the color yellow! Associated with sunshine, yellow tends to make workspaces happier. And if you have ever heard that a happy workforce is a productive one, you know that yellow is a great choice for your business. 

Warm Neutrals 

Many offices avoid white as a primary hue in order to not portray a cold or clinical mood. Neutrals that are warmer can be a great alternative such as grays, beiges, and creamy whites. While neutrals have the power to give off a sense of a no-nonsense workplace, they can also be comforting and help employees with a sense of organization and stability. 

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