Choosing the Best Color for Your Office: Purple

2017-12-05T22:28:12+00:00December 5th, 2017|Workplace Design|

It’s time to bring color into the office.

When designing an office, color is not only a stylistic choice. The shades and hues that decorate your space connect employees to their work, establishing their company’s brand. Color design can also impact the workers’ experiences. According to Work Design Magazine, colors can improve your workplace by targeting employee happiness, productivity and wellbeing. In past blog posts, we’ve focused on green and red and how those colors affect the workplace; this time, we’re taking a look at purple.

Purple is a rich, royal color. Its history dates back to the time of kings and queens when they were the only ones permitted to wear the color, because the production of the color was elaborate and expensive. Today, anyone can design with purple, but the sentiments and effects of the color remain the same: it symbolizes power, wisdom and creativity. Use it in rooms where brainstorming and creative thinking can thrive. Inspirational spaces are integral for today’s offices where employers need forward-thinking workers. Purple also works well in quieter spaces where people want concentration and deep focus.

Turnstone offers a variety of purple paints and fabrics, one of which, Amethyst, has a full spectrum of shades. Amethyst ranges from sweet and pinkish, reminiscent of lavender’s soothing aesthetic, to vibrant, violet orchid hues to a deeper, wine purple. Each of these variations creates a specific aesthetic and work with other colors to deliver unique sensory experiences.

Color psychology

Purple balances red’s stimulating qualities with the calming nature of blue to establish an introspective space, supporting deep thinking and creativity. It can spark your imagination, fuel inspiration and help you find new, refreshing ways to view problems and solutions. With a more red tinge, purple excites, while ones that lean more towards a blue hue calm people.

Its history plays into our perception of the color as well. Mature purples and lighter shades have different effects on our minds. More subtle tones can stabilize our minds while brighter ones are energetic and feminine but can feel childish to some.

As always, be careful not to incorporate too much of a rich color. It can put a strain on our eyes and minds, and requires a more balanced palette.

Perfect pairs

Create an inspiring space by:

  • Using pale purples to accent complex light browns and wooden furniture to create a full, warm, sophisticated space.
  • Layer bright purple with other youthful colors to establish a fun, social area.
  • Add deep, mature purples to complement restorative rooms with subtle greens.
  • Decorate neutral lounge settings with purple accent pillows or throw rugs for an elegant touch.

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