Are you looking for ways to improve efficiency in your office? Perhaps you’d like to alter the overall vibe in your establishment? Each business/industry has it’s own unique vibe or feeling that it would like to achieve, which is influenced and determined by its mission, values, the type of product or service it is offering, and its people – leadership, staff, and clientele. Have you considered what mood you should be setting, and is this currently being accomplished? If not, one influential element that may have been overlooked is the interior paint color in your establishment.
Color has a huge impact on one’s environment. It has the power to set the tone for employees and clientele that may actually affect the workflow and sales. If you have an environment that is clean, updated, with an attractive color scheme, this will register as a classy, professional, pleasing place to work or shop. Employees will enjoy coming to work, and portray a more positive, professional attitude than if they were coming into an office with bland, marked-up walls that hadn’t been painted in ages. Customers will be more likely to spend money and return more often if they are welcomed into an aesthetically pleasing, well-maintained space.
With this in mind, it’s important to evaluate the meanings and emotions connected with each color, and consider what might be most appropriate for the mood you wish to set in your business.
WHITE – Be wary of having only white walls. White can be bland and under-stimulating, it can have a boring, sleepy, and sometimes depressive effect. Negative connotations of white include hospital sickness, cold, stark and plain. On the upside, white can also convey clean and bright, and can showcase art or furniture because white will seemingly disappear into the background if there are other stimulating objects to catch the eye. White can be ideal for an art gallery, or a showroom of very colorful products. If you are going to use white, be sure to contrast it with colorful art and decor pieces. You might also want to consider painting an accent wall to incorporate a pop of color.
RED – This is the most stimulating color, and could be useful in keeping your employees alert. However, too much red can be so overstimulating that it might drive people crazy. Consider using red on an accent wall in a high-energy office or a playroom in a daycare. Red represents extremes – from love and passion to blood and hate. Red can mean STOP, fire, or roses and romance. Red is appropriate for firehouses, wine stores, perfume shops, candle stores, chocolatiers, bakeries, and more – pretty much any environment where your goal is to stimulate the senses. Just remember, a little goes a long way.
ORANGE – Like its primary parents, red and yellow, orange is a very stimulating color and should be used in limited quantities, unless a very light shade is used. It is energizing and associated with fruit, vitamin C, sunshine and fire. It pairs really well with blue and purple, and would be a great accent color in a juice bar, frozen yogurt shop, athletic store, or fitness center.
YELLOW – If you’d like to create a cheerful, energetic environment, yellow is a great option. Yellow imagery includes the sun, happy faces, bananas, and lemonade. It is also a stimulating color and a great light reflector. This could be an ideal choice for a smoothie shop, a bathing suit store, a school room, a children’s clothing store, a tea house, a pediatrician’s office, and more. As with all colors, there are hundreds of shades to pick from. The brighter, bolder shades are more stimulating and should be used in smaller quantities, whereas a lighter, creamy shade of yellow could be painted on all four walls without offending the eye.
GREEN – If your company’s vision is related to sustainable energy, renewal, or growth, then you should consider having your interior walls painted a lovely shade of green. Green can also mean fertility, nature, and peace. This color could be a great choice for a company that specializes in energy-efficient products, a landscape architect, a nursery, a spa, a massage parlor, a birthing center, a school, a yoga studio, a grocery store, or a flower shop.
BLUE – This is the most popular color among individuals and businesses alike. As the most common color for business logos, it represents trust, strength, sincerity, serenity and vision. A darker shade would work well in a conference room, law firm, financial firm, any nautical entity, or political office. A lighter shade would be perfect for a beachy gift shop, a daycare nap room, a classroom, a church office, or a mattress store.
PURPLE – Historically the color of royals, purple projects luxury, wealth, creativity, magic and spirituality. This hue would be put to good use in a bookstore, religious institution, specialty trinket shop, high-end clothing or jewelry store, design studio, or a financial institution. Depending on the shade used, purple can be quite dark, and so should be balanced with plenty of light, or paired with lighter accent colors.
BLACK/GRAY – Black is a very bold choice that can represent strength, death, rock-n-roll, or rebellion. This edgy color is so dark that it can make a room feel smaller. To combat this effect, it should only be used as an accent color, or balanced with lots of natural light. Some businesses that might want to incorporate black paint are music studios, music stores, a design or architecture firm, film studios, a swanky and contemporary office, or a hip clothing store for teenagers. The spectrum of gray is so broad that it can emote a completely different feeling depending on the shade and the undertones. A light, bluish gray could be very calming and beachy, whereas a darker charcoal gray could have a very strong, contemporary and high-end effect.
It is important to remember that red is never just red, and blue is never just blue. Each color family has hundreds, if not thousands, of shades and hues that are created by blending varying amounts of different colors together. Lighting also plays a significant role in how a certain color looks in a particular room. The same color will look very different under fluorescent lighting than it does in a room full of windows. It is always wise to paint samples first to see how a color appears in that specific space at different times of the day. Don’t forget that we are not only a reliable painting contractor, but experienced in helping our clients select the perfect color for their space and determine which trim and accent colors will best compliment it. We also pride ourselves in being as unobtrusive as possible while working on a commercial painting project. Contact us today for a free quote.