Colours to Help Improve Efficiency & Productivity in the Office

For most white-collar professionals, around 40 hours of their week is spent in the confines of the office walls. Research suggests that the colours of office walls and surrounds can really set the mood for your employees’ day. Some colours make them feel calm, others energetic, while some just make them feel sad and anxious.

A study conducted by the University of Texas found that bland colours like grey, beige, and white in offices induce feelings of sadness and depression. Even when it comes to bold colours, the choice needs to be made carefully; colours that are very bright and saturated can be intense and overwhelming, promoting energy levels that are not conducive to collaboration and thoughtful work.

What colours do work for office environments?

Soft blues

Blue is a colour that generally signifies calmness. It’s great for promoting communication, efficiency, and trust. This colour is great for helping employees to focus on the task at hand and reduces the likelihood of becoming overwhelmed too quickly. However, you do want to be careful with the type of blue you choose. Having a shade of blue that is too bright and saturated can be distracting, and one that is too dark can make the office look gloomy.


This colour is known for its optimism and youthful spirit — a great colour to inspire positivity and creativity. However, this colour can be a bit too stimulating. A great space to be painted yellow is your office kitchen and break spaces. It’s where employees go when they need a little breather, and this charming colour can help brighten their day.

Pastel hues

These soft shades are great especially if your office space has few windows, low ceilings, and not too much natural light coming in. Colours like peach, lilac, periwinkle, or mauve can go a long way in brightening up the office. Pastel hues are also known to induce a calming atmosphere and can help brighten up a space. Stressful office environments will do well to have areas painted with these lovely pastel shades.


Since office workers tend to spend most of their time indoors, and under harsh fluorescent light, colours commonly found in nature are usually received positively. Green is also a colour that doesn’t cause eye fatigue — beneficial for those working longer hours and wanting to stay on top of things.

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The team at T Fisher Painters can help you with all commercial paint jobs. If you’re thinking it’s time to give your office walls a fresh coat of paint, contact us and we’ll help you get started.