Explore the colour

One of the simplest way to experiment with a new workspace design is to explore different colour palettes. We all have our favourite colours, but many of us don’t realise the reason behind our preferences. Colour is created by varying light wavelengths which hit the eyes in a range of different ways. When the brain receives these light waves, it interprets each one as a different colour. Our mood is affected differently by each colour, a theory that colour psychologist Angel Wright explored extensively. Her theory, The Color Affects System, explored how different colours make us think, feel and act. Developed in the early 1980s, Wright used her work to open her own colour consultancy in 1985 and her concepts are still widely believed and tested today. According to this theory, the colour blue stimulates the mind, yellow inspires creativity and green makes us feel calm and balanced. Wright also stated that bright, bold colours are stimulating while soft, muted shades have a soothing effect on the mind. Translating this into the work space can be a simple, yet effective technique. If you find yourself feeling overworked and anxious at work, try including accents of pale green on your desk. Equally, if you need your workspace to be a hub of creativity, explore the possibility of including more yellow in the décor.