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More Carpet Colours In An Office Can Boost Productivity

IN recent years, the trend has been towards greater use of colour in office carpet. Research by the Institute of Employment Studies, also Maris Interiors, has explored how colour use in the workplace can encourage creativity, productivity and boost morale.
Certain colours have been found to provoke psychological and physiological responses, so careful choice of carpet is becoming increasingly important for office work areas and boardrooms. Use of particular shades has proven to maximise productivity levels and minimise fatigue, as well as stimulating creativity and team-working.
Combinations of blue and green have been found to communicate tranquillity, spaciousness and focus, promoting mental clarity and creative thinking, with blue rooms reported to be more comfortable for workers than some other colours.
Whilst yellow is the most noticeable of all colours, it is extremely reflective, which means when used in office environments, it can over stimulate the eyes and cause eye strain and discomfort.
Complex colour patterns on the floor can make a room seem too ‘busy’ making employees feel as if the tasks they have to do are more complex and demanding than they should be and it can generally have a negative impact.
On the other hand, Olive shades have been found to improve concentration, especially with studying or reading, a reason it has been traditionally used in libraries.
However, warmer colours such as red and orange, are increasingly being used to liven up tired office areas. These colours keep the mind alert and stimulated, with a view to encouraging greater creativity.
Red has been found to encourage feelings of strength and energy and is often associated with vitality and ambition. Although red and yellow, as ‘high energy’ colours can be over stimulating, they can work well in highly charged environments, such as telesales organisations or fast food outlets.
On the other hand, monotone colours and tones that are too dark throughout the office could appear to offer a lack of stimulation or even create a depressing feel.
Using accent colours throughout the carpet is a common trend in workplace design. Often neutral shades of carpet are being integrated with bold, vibrant blocks of colour, which is possible now due to advances in carpet manufacturing. Shapes and logos are even being integrated within carpet design to add a personalised feel to a workspace and reinforce the organisation’s brand.
There are lots of theories about how and why interior design in the workplace impacts on people psychologically, however the advice from experts researching this area is to consider colour carefully due to the fact that this can positively or negatively affect the working environment.
Experts suggest varying colours throughout the workplace, using changing colour as a design technique for identification purposes or to reflect the changing character of a space. In areas that are less well lit in a building, interior designers often recommend use of lighter colours to stimulate a sense of well-being often associated with natural light.
The trend in workplaces is for much greater use of brighter colours and here our extensive choice of fibre bonded carpet is opening up huge opportunities to create more intricate designs than ever before, especially as it can be cut on site without the risk of unravelling or fraying.
There are endless opportunities for workplaces to become more productive and vibrant through the careful choice of flooring.
So, as organisations recognise the growing importance of office design and colour choice on business success, we can expect to see specifiers and interior designers continuing to specify brighter colours to heighten mood and accentuate positive feelings in the workplace.
Abby Chandler is marketing manager at Heckmondwike FB

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