Every one knows light has the ability to affect our moods. There are approximately 2 million people affected by SAD each year and we all know the effect a sunny day in the middle of winter can have after a week of dull grey skies.
The idea that colour can also affect the way we act and feel is less well known and it is often thought we just like or dislike a colour. However, studies have shown that different colours may have different effects in the workplace and generally. Colour is, after all, nature’s way of signalling, flowers, birds, other animals and plants use colour to attract or repel. We humans do the same with clothes.
In the workplace it is important to have the right mixture of colours to stimulate, calm or motivate.
In essence, any colour can be used in a workplace but care needs to be taken regarding the dominant colour and what is in the eyeline of people. Get the mix and balance right and the effect can be dramatic.
Sources: NHS, David Johnson, infoplease.com