When you are always on the run, even seemingly small pleasures matter. Such as being in an aesthetically pleasing space. This is why we get so much rest on vacation, spending time in places that look good: on a beach, with sea surface rippled by a breeze, walking on golden sand warmed by the sun.
Many of us would like to take these memories with them to the office. So, this is what we are going to do today. Admittedly, there will be no murmur of the sea or a chance to splash about, but there will be the colours and the calming atmosphere that you envisage when you think of an empty beach.
It is not by accident that our new series #SummerOffice starts from this colour. Blue has evoked positive associations since ancient times. It has a calming effect and helps people to relax and soothe their nerves. It also supports concentration, which is why you might want to consider it for concentration and regeneration zones in your office, such as focus rooms and chillout rooms. It is there that employees can regenerate or “catch their breath”, to then get down to an attention-intensive project.
It is good to complement blue with a different colour, such as beige or green, so that it does not appear too cool. Beige will make you think of beach sand, while green, in the form of plant accessories, will help reduce stress, just like blue (read more about plants in the office here).
A change of arrangement in an office, open space or meeting room does not necessarily mean a revolution. Sometimes, using a different colour of upholstery on new chairs or introducing accessories, such as the plants mentioned before, can impart a certain climate and clarity to a room. In an office space, the colours of the sea and sand can be conveyed with the right fabrics, eg. used as a finish of a chair backrest. The Denuo offers a lot of potential here, because of its extensive sample book. Daniel Figueroa, its designer, had one basic goal in mind right from the start of his work on the new product: to provide a comfortable place to work. But there was more. As he says “You cannot forget about the aesthetic aspect. It costs the same if a product is ugly or beautiful, so why not make it beautiful.” Thanks to this approach, the Denuo chair is pleasing to the eye, while at the same time it can easily fit into a pre-established colour pattern of a room.
An office is a living organism where you can, and sometimes actually have to change something. Sometimes a simple difference can translate into immediate, measurable benefits, and sometimes it will simply make your work more pleasant. In both cases, it pays off to try and experiment. Look out for new combinations and colours in the next episodes of our #SummerOffice series very soon!