If your office walls are painted dull gray -- the cold color of warships, concrete and cubicles -- its time for a makeover.
A University of Texas study found that bland gray, beige and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women. Men, on the other hand, experienced similarly gloomy feelings in purple and orange workspaces.
Similar scientific studies have shown that colors dont just change our moods, they also profoundly impact our productivity, for better and for worse. Thats why its best to decorate your workplace with a vibrant medley of stimulating hues that increase output and spark creativity.
Low-wavelength colors, like restful green and calming blue -- two of the most common colors in Mother Natures palette -- improve efficiency and focus. They also lend an overall sense of well-being. Bottom line: If you want happier, more effective workers, green and blue are wise choices.
Red, a high-wavelength color, is active, intense and alarming at times.