Interior design and the layout of the office space can be a deciding factor in lighting decisions. If a tabletop is reflective, for example, even low-reflection monitors and lights are of little use. And if the walls are painted a dark colour, it will be more difficult for daylight to reflect into the office space than with white paint. This is not to say that your office space must be sterile or that it should be as inviting as a dentist’s surgery. Light colours and low-reflection surfaces could include an old wooden desk in front of an orange wall, for example. Or, for a more modern look, a tempered glass desk and light-grey walls. The combinations are endless. If you already have a good lighting system – whether at home or in the office – you are doing most things right. If you wish to perfect your lighting set-up, it is worth knowing a little bit about different light colours and their effects.
Indeed, a common room should differ from office and conference rooms in more than just function. Room lighting should complement the purpose of a room and should thus change according to the desired mood, as different spectral colours are proven to elicit different responses from the body. Our general sense of wellbeing and comfort already say a great deal: nobody would nail a xenon lamp to their living room ceiling, as the ghostly blue light, albeit serving to define the room, would probably encourage a hasty departure more than anything else.
As with living spaces at home, warm colours can be used in common rooms and lunch areas to denote relaxation and comfort. In a cafeteria or a creative room, a light orange colour presents itself nicely. Orange represents optimism and happiness and aids in creative thinking and socialising. Blue light stands for calm and helps with speaking and clear thinking – it is the perfect spectral choice for the office. And red? Red indicates love, passion and anger, and it has somewhat lost its popularity in office spaces. Used at the right time and for the right duration, red increases vitality. But if red is overused, the office can become – as stated – quite a restless place.