What Do You Need To Think About When Painting Your Workplace?
When you are thinking about painting your workplace, whether that is an office, a retail space, factory, or any other sort of commercial unit, there are certain things that you need to take into consideration. It is not quite as straightforward as choosing a paint color for your own home when you can do whatever you like, even if it is a bit leftfield. To make the task a little easier for you, here we look at some of the things that you need to think about when painting your commercial workplace.
Choose a color scheme
When it comes to choosing a color scheme, you generally have two options:
Stick to your branding: Will you stick to the colors found on your company branding? What colors are found in your company logo, marketing materials, and website?
Don’t stick to your branding: Of course, you don’t need to stick to your branding colors - but it is advisable to go with something appropriate for the field that you are in. Work in facility maintenance? Well, it is probably not a great idea to go with hot pink walls. Children’s daycare center? You might want to avoid black walls.
Either of these can work, but let’s take a closer look at each option.
Using your company branding colors
You probably already have a fully prepared color guide for painting your commercial facility, between your company logo and website and other branding materials. If you are not fully on board or satisfied with your brand colors, now is the time to hire a designer to come up with something that you feel better reflects who you are as a business. Sometimes, branding overhaul and change of color can do wonders for your business. Some of the big multinational companies do this on occasions and it nearly always works. Once you are happy with your branding, you can then move on to putting together your plans for painting and decorating your workplace.
You don’t have to paint every wall in your brand colors - in fact, that can be too overwhelming. What you could do, instead, is incorporate elements of it into your painting plan. A feature wall in your main brand color, trims, handrails, furniture, doors, and other smaller areas are good areas to bring in these colors while keeping the rest of the space neutral, light, and airy.
Not using your branding colors
Of course, the alternative is to not use your branding colors and this can work just as well - it just requires a little more thought. As we mentioned above, the main thing to take into consideration is the industry that you are in and whether the interior colors are appropriate and reflect you.
Let’s take a legal office, for example. While bright primary colors would work brilliantly in a daycare center or a pediatric doctor’s office, it probably is not going to give off the vibe that you want for a very serious legal environment. Here, blocks of more neutral colors - calming greens, tans, and greys could work really well, even if they are not part of your company branding look.
You also need to take care that the colors are not offensive or upsetting to anyone. Going back to the legal office example: red and black can be professional colors, and in a law office that focuses on commercial law could work fine in small areas. However, if you are a law office that specializes in helping women with domestic abuse cases, black and red could be incredibly inappropriate and upsetting. You want your customers and clients, whatever industry you work in, to feel comfortable and safe and that they are in the hands of a trustworthy business. You also need to think about the people that work there. You might love the thought of hot pink walls, but can your employees, who are likely to spend more time in there, cope with seeing something so vivid all day, every day. Try not to choose something that is going to be headache-inducing or that could have a negative effect on their emotions and moods. Check out this video for more information about the psychology behind color and see if that helps you come up with a color scheme.
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For more information on choosing the right color scheme for your workplace and to find out how we can help paint the exterior or interior of your commercial space, get in touch with our team of painting experts today.