Can the colour of a carpet affect productivity and mood…

What Colour Carpet should I choose…

“Carpet can even stimulate or depress your appetite, lift or lower your spirits, and has the potential to improve or reduce student performance and worker productivity.”

Carpet colours and their effect on mood and productivity

This is why more and more architects, designers, and facility managers are taking a bit more time when selecting carpeting that not only fits their décor, but the mood of building users as well.

While there can be differences certain colours seem to affect most people about the same way. Just think of the sheriff in Arizona who issues prisoners with pink uniforms and paints the cells pink. This results in less violence in the cellblock.

The four carpet colours listed below tend to have the following impacts on most building users:

Red: Red is one of the most stimulating colours. People working in a “red environment” often work faster and harder. “However, red can cause some people to feel tense so use it wisely and sparingly.”

Yellow: Surprisingly, while yellow is often viewed as a soft colour, it is associated with aggressive behavior. But, in combination with other colours, it can stimulate learning in a school environment.

Blue: Considered the most calming colour, many blue tones stimulate harmony, loyalty, and trust. “However, too much blue can…well it can make you feel ‘blue,’ so once again use it sparingly or with other colours.”

Green: Ever wonder why some TV shows have a “Green Room” for their guests to wait in prior to an appearance? Green tends to make people feel balanced, comfortable, and mentally prepared. “In other words, it takes away the nervousness people feel before going on television.”

There are some colours that probably should be avoided altogether in a commercial setting, such as pink and purple, but, the most important thing to know is the colour of carpet can have a lot to do with how people feel so it should be selected with care.

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