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The Meaning Of Yellow In The Office

Psychologists have demonstrated that there is a reaction within your brain to the colours that you face in your workplace every day. That being the case, what does yellow signify in office design?

Business, in particular corporate companies, aren’t traditionally associated with the colour yellow but there are some famous brands who have embraced yellow such as MacDonalds, DHL, PostIt Notes, Shell and Ikea.

Could you work in a yellow office?

On the positive side, psychologists denote yellow as the colour of the mind and the intellect. Yellow is creative from a mental aspect, the colour of new ideas, assisting us to find new ways of doing things. It is the practical thinker, not the dreamer.

Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, it is associated with optimism and happiness, and is the best colour to create enthusiasm for life awakening confidence and optimism.

However yellow can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice. Too much yellow can cause anxiety, nervousness, apprehension, agitation and confrontation particularly in people who are already stressed. It can motivate people to become overly critical and judgmental, particularly of themselves, as well as sneaky and deceitful.

Overall, yellow is a positive colour choice, but perhaps an office entirely in yellow would be a little too much. As with everything in the workplace, a bit of variety does wonders for productivity so whatever your choice of colour using it sparingly will create more of a positive impact.

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