Ever notice how paint colors, textures and fabrics can breathe new life into a space? As work styles and office environments continue to change, workers are increasingly rejecting the sea of sameness in favor of spaces that provide mental and emotional stimulation. A recent University of Texas study identified that monochromatic surroundings induce feelings of sadness and depression. In contrast, thoughtfully designed spaces that layer a combination of materials and colors appeal to a wider variety of people and elicit positive emotional responses. Purposeful work requires a design approach that blends creative space planning with innovative materials and palettes. Taking a personal approach to color selection can increase focus and social interaction, while offering everyone the variety they crave throughout the day.

Brighter colors positively impact focus and task accuracy

Blue produces a calming influence, promoting mental acuity and creative thinking

Pink minimizes feelings of irritation, aggression, loneliness and discouragement

Red enhances feelings of energy, vitality and ambition

Yellow makes people alert, paving the way for clear decision-making Orange calms emotions and boosts self-esteem, enthusiasm.