The secret to colour coding
Of course, personal taste plays a large role in the colour palette of office spaces - ultimately, employees should feel comfortable. Nonetheless, some rules must be followed. The planning professionals at ASSMANN and at ASSMANN’s specialist partners are always ready and able to assist in choosing the ideal colour scheme.
Visual problems, difficulty in concentrating, and the effects of tiredness can all be reduced by considering light and colour when planning an office space. The light reflected from different surfaces and objects should be in a similar spectrum. Therefore, it is just as important to avoid dark work surfaces that can lead to a pronounced dark-light contrast when covered in papers, as it is to stay clear of glare caused by lighting or daylight. Additionally, the number of colours used, as well as the chosen colour spectrum, the relationship between surfaces and colours, and the position of coloured surfaces also play a significant role. A balanced colour design means that the user experiences neither monotony nor a sensory overload. Few and corresponding colour tones, varied colour saturations and gradations in the lightness of colours create harmonious contrasts, which are perceived as pleasant.
Colours and ergonomics
The ergonomics of colour are not to be ignored. Here, a distinction is made between ergonomic accent, surface, and room colours. Ergonomic accent colours are all primary and secondary colours, black, brown, or the corporate colours of a company. They can be used on small sections, such as areas of the floor or on chairs and accessories. Ergonomic surface colours include white, beige, mauve, pale blue, pale green and mid-grey tones. They are ideal for work surfaces, and larger surfaces such as front panels and large pieces of furniture. Ergonomic room colours include white, pastel colours, and a very light grey as complementary colours for walls and ceilings.
If ergonomic colour aspects are to be considered in planning an office space, a relatively dark colour should be chosen for flooring, and lighter colours are advisable for the walls because they have a space-expanding effect. And for the ceilings, a colour ever so slightly lighter than the wall colour should be used. There are still enough possibilities to add a personal touch to the colour design by using tasteful accents.