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Best and worst colours for your WFH space

Posted By mrbemi 38 days ago on News - When you were buying or renting your current accommodation, you probably didn’t put too much thought into how conducive it would be for working from home. But with many offices now closed until further notice, working from home has pretty much become the new normal for a lot of people and we are all trying to make the most of what we have.Whether you are working from your kitchen table or lucky enough to have carved out a home office, your environment plays an important role in how productive you areTo get a better understanding which colours featured most in the rooms people choose to work in,, a marketplace for tradesmen, spoke to more than 4,000 people who were working from home. The survey revealed that most people (54 percent) work for a room painted White, while 37 percent worked in rooms painted Beige and 32 percent had shades of also spoke exclusively to Psychologist and Wellbeng Consultant, Lee Chambers to learn more about the colours we should be painting our walls, and the colours we should avoid if we want to feel more productive whilst working. According to Chambers, “a University of Texas study concluded that offices without a splash of colour, especially those in neutral white, grey and beige tended to induce some sad and depressive feelings”.

The fourth most popular color people had in their work spaces was Yellow -  at 24 percent. To that Chambers has said: “Yellow is seen as the colour of creativity and is often used in innovation labs and creative spaces. An interesting feature of yellow backgrounds is that they increase information retention, which is helpful for highlighting key learnings and important information. If you have a creative job, yellow is definitely a solid choice, but be mindful of the overuse of yellow as a background and as a space, as it does induce eye fatigue. We can become agitated and lose emotional balance if exposed to yellow for long periods.”In fifth place was Blue with 22 percent. For Blue, Chambers said, “Blue is known as the official colour of productivity. It promotes calm concentration and emotional balance that helps to keep you in a state of flow. However, too much blue can leave you a little too relaxed and blunt your innovative streak, so consider adding some warm colour accents.”Shades of blue are also very important from a psychological viewpoint: “Turquoise has been identified as finding a balance between blue and green, taking benefits of each and having been shown in office environments to improve decision making and creative communication.”In sixth place was Orange with 17 percent and Chambers said, “the same study by the University of Texas has revealed that the colour orange is especially detrimental to men when it comes to boosting productivity. However, if you opt for a peachier shade, that can be perceived as happy and welcoming.”Green was in 7th place with 15 percent, but would it make us feel more energised, or quite the opposite? “Green is the colour of nature, and we can see more shades of green than any other colour. Being the colour of serenity and growth, it causes less eye fatigue, which helps longer-term focus and attention. It is calming in a similar way to blue, but research shows that it produces less benefit for productivity, but a higher increase in wellbeing, and is a great colour for a balance of the two.”In 8th place is Red but does it make us feel passionate about work or simply more like working in hell?“Red is a powerful, vibrant colour, and is very situational in its use for productivity gains. Studies have found the emotive and passionate fire of red raises blood flow and heart rate. This is great for physical tasks, like a little natural energy bar. Red naturally draws the eye and is often the colour of emergency objects for a reason. For a home office, red can very easily become overstimulating, causing us to lose focus and concentration, and gradually feel volatile, increasing the potential for mistakes or conflict. Use red wisely to take advantage of its benefits.”In 9th and 10th place with 6 percent and 4 percent respectively are Pink and Purple. According to Chambers, Pink is “indulgent and warming” and Purple is “noble and luxurious” but can cause men to struggle for productivity as it lowers their mood.Chambers also added that “Some things to consider are that the colour of your desktop is continually in your eye line and is a perfect place to utilise productive colours. Get some plants in your eye line, and you get both the green vista, and the air-purifying benefits too. Have a canvas that incorporates colours behind your workstation, and definitely try and get as much natural light, especially through winter.”


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