If your work demands creative thinking, (and whose doesn’t?!), decorate your office with blue
Good colours are more than decoration; they are functional. They can actually support us in living our best lives.
A recent article in the Huffington Post shares how blue can help you be more creative. This makes it a great colour for offices or other spaces where you need to innovate or solve problems.
“There’s a reason we love gazing up at the sky and out at the sea so much — the pretty blue hues put us in a relaxed mood and help our minds wander to the most creative of places. A University of British Columbia study found that while the color red helps develop sharper memories, the color blue helps unlock your imagination.” (14 Ways to Bust Out of a Creativity Rut, Alena Hall in The Huffington Post 06/05/2014)
Here are three ways to bring blue’s creativity-boosting power to your work space.
1. Paint the walls.
How to choose blue paint
Many people have trouble choosing blue paint. Blues that look pretty on a small swatch can feel juvenile when blown up on a whole wall, and very pale, clean blue walls can feel cold and insipid. (Although pale grayed blue can be wonderful to make a ceiling seem taller.)
Blue generally gets warmer as it gets darker, but context is critical when it comes to finding just the right one for your space.
For great wall colours, look to more complex blues — blue grays, blue greens, or blue/gray/green blends are generally work well.
TIP: You can often find great blue paint colours by looking at
the gray section of a fan deck.
2. Integrate blue through artwork.
Blue looks great with pretty much any colour scheme, so adding a great piece of artwork or two can be a great way to bring blue into your existing space.
A beautiful landscape painting or photograph has the added advantage of providing you with an instant get-away. Lose yourself in the scene and let the creative ideas percolate.
If you like your artwork less representational, that’s great too — the important thing is that you choose something that resonates with you.
3. Add colourful furniture.
The current trend for painted furniture gives you a great way to add a big hit of strong colour to your office without touching the walls.
If you can’t find exactly what you want, you can create your own. Add zing to bookshelves or a vintage credenza with a couple of coats of chalk paint in your favourite shade of blue. Now you’ve got something that is both lovely to look at and packed with practical storage for office supplies and important files.
Colour is Context
As with all colour, blue will be affected by its environment. A gray blue that feels cold and unappealing in a north-facing room may be perfect in south light.
The colour of your floors, trim and other furnishings will also play a role in determining which blue will look and feel right. Adding a cool blue item to a room with warm wood tones and yellow-beige walls will have a very different effect than would adding the same item to a room with cool gray walls and flooring.
If you’d like help choosing and co-ordinating the perfect colours for your space, contact us to book a Colour and Decor Consultation.