The reality is that there is no one definitive color since productivity
is a relative term. What is it you need to be more productive in doing?
Are you planning the wall color for an assembly room operation and wanting
to know what colors will make the employees work faster? The answer is
that there is no one answer. There are many variables that come into play,
- How much natural light enters
the area and what direction do the windows face? What is the source
of the artificial lighting?
- What are the other colors that
are present in the areaflooring or carpeting, blinds, chairs,
- What is the color of the widget
you are producing and is there just one color or many colors?
- What is the geographic location
as that will affect the light in the space?
If you are seeking a color for your own office space, then your own personal
take on color will come into play. If you are the outdoor lover and get
inspired by communing with nature, then your space should be about green
and filled with as many green plants as you can manage to squeeze in.
Productivity is not about the "formula" color that works every
time in every situation. When you seek your own comfort level, use the
colors that are suggestive of a theme and utilize them in your workspace.
You cannot help but be more productive.
If you have no say in the color choice, then introduce artwork and posters
that are evocative of your favorite things/themes/locations into your
environment. Put them in a prominent place where you can focus on them
while you are working. If a canoe on a calm, clear blue lake is your idea
of heaven, then get a paperweight that looks like it contains that undulating
blue lake. Put it next to your computer and every time you need to immerse
yourself in the scene, focus on it.
As simplistic as it may seem, your personal comfort level enhances your
productivity, and the color surrounding you can help to spur you on.
Portions reproduced from "THE
COLOR ANSWER BOOK" with the permission of Leatrice Eiseman.