We expect a lot out of our office and corporate spaces, right? Of course! This is a color that many people will have to see every day (or at least 5 of them) when they come to work. Dreaded are the taupe walls with espresso accents! Here’s our advice on choosing the best colors and working with a painting service, painting contractor or even a lone wolf interior painter.
Step 1: Think Of Your Audience
While you’re not displaying long appreciated works of art, you should take into consideration who will be staring at these walls the most. Many offices once opted for the uniform look of the entire office space being one color. However, many professional painting services and contractors will encourage you to do otherwise. There are a number of reasons why, but the top two are that it can make it easy for guests and clients to become lost, and many people stick with neutrals when using only one color.
So, how do you keep in mind which people will be exposed to your walls (and color choice) the most? Try this list as a quick cheat:
Step 2: Determine What You Want Out of this room
Using key phrases like “increased productivity” or “open communication” can be the starting point for selecting a color scheme. There is no need to have a degree in color theory. It can be very easy to determine what color works best for each of these spaces and they may even seem like common sense after you read them!
To increase productivity select sedated tones of blues and greens. Entrepreneur magazine has a great article on selecting colors for productivity.
Now, if you’re looking for a communication boost in, training or meeting rooms, stick with bright yellows. These colors bring about creativity, and encourage even introverted office dwellers to speak up.
Here is the common sense part: bright colors cause people to engage, cool colors allow people to focus.
If you find yourself not being able to commit to paining your office green, go white. A bright, bold white with accents or a running theme of green or blue will have a similar effect without the commitment.
Colors to Avoid
Watch out for muted neutrals like greys and tans as these don’t promote engagement or a relaxed environment. They feel as neutral as they look which can leave your staff, clients and guests feeling depressed or just wanting to leave.
Red and black are both notorious power colors. However, unless they are a stable part of your branding they are best avoided. Both colors command attention, but both are also known to onset aggression. This includes oranges with particularly pronounced red tones.
Purple is sometimes avoided as it is rumored to cause a melancholy feeling, but lately it’s been a trendy color in offices. It being a recent trend though might be another reason to avoid it, you don’t want your office looking dated in only a few years. Ask your contractor about recent trends they’ve been seeing to add into the “avoid” list!
Step Three: Consult a Painter
Interior painters and good painting contractors do a fantastic job, the first time. Take it from us; the price of a professional painting service is an investment in your environment!
Ask these vital questions to know that the contract painter is right for you and understands what you’re trying to achieve:
Special Note on External Painting
We haven’t forgotten about the outside of your building! While you probably have quite a bit of freedom with the interior paint, you may face a lot of restrictions with the exterior. Commercial spaces are usually surrounded by other commercial buildings, may be leased, or even in historical districts with restrictions on palette.
To start, if you have the opportunity and desire to paint the exterior of your commercial space know that this is the place where neutrals are your friend. Unlike the interior paint where you can use bright colors or calming colors the exterior of a commercial space is much more focused on utility.
Choose a neutral that either accents but doesn’t mirror neighboring buildings, or won’t look dirty with standard weather conditions. Have you ever seen a really light building in an area that has constant rain? It’s terrible, and people will remember your building as the one that’s always dark on its top half.
Finally, speak extensively with a professional painting service about the material of the building’s exterior. Wood, concrete and stucco all call for different materials that will appear differently when all is said and done and the paint is dry.
Good luck in painting your commercial or office space! These key takeaways should help you in choosing the best color for your office or corporate environment: