What’s in a color? More than you might think. The hues we choose can affect our emotions, alter our productivity, and even impact our energy levels.
When you embark on your next design project, consider the function of the space before you select colors. If you’re outfitting an office where associates will work long hours, green might be your best choice. It doesn’t cause eye fatigue and can help people remain calm and efficient at the same time. Designing a space for creative types? Consider a yellow tone. Yellow can promote optimism and help stimulate creativity.
A different school of thought holds that subtle colors are your best bet for creating the optimal work environment. Melanie Conant, NCIDQ and Director of Interior Design for The Architectural Team, notes that, while it largely depends on demographic, “in general, people are gravitating toward a more calming environment. Primarily because of their hectic and high energy lifestyles, we see an emphasis toward neutral spaces.” Another benefit of embracing a neutral palette is reduced eyestrain. Jackie Jordan, Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams, added that, “For work spaces, neutrals and softer, more grayed hues are better for concentration and preventing eye fatigue.”
At Milliken, we understand the power of color and believe that beginning a project by considering your space’s color palette is of the utmost importance. That’s why we introduced Product Palettes, a tool that helps designers visualize and be inspired by the different color combinations of our collections, using Pantone hues. Take a look at some of our favorites, and keep an eye out for them on Facebook, Instagram, and our Product Palette Pinterest page.