Is your office lacking energy? Colour is an excellent way to liven up the workplace and infuse personality into your office environment. 

Skype offices, Stockholm. By PS Arkitektur

Did you know there is such a thing as a fear of colour? It is called chromophobia and it can lead to panic attacks and different levels of anxiety. For the majority of us, however, who love colours, it is now widely known that it has a positive influence on your wellbeing at the office. But where should you use it and how can you maximize the desired effect of your greens and blues?

Painting the walls of your office a certain shade of 'productive' is only one of many other ways to add colour to your workplace. You can also choose to liven up your office with bright, colourful furniture or frame your conference room in tinted glass; flooring and ceiling are not immune to colour either.

Before you take your pick, be sure to define your goals. Do you want to highlight all semi-private meeting rooms in your open-plan office? Are you trying to define or sectionalise areas of your office? Do you think your breakout space or reception area don't stand out enough?

Whatever your goal, colour can probably help you achieve it. Here are seven ideas to add colour to your office.

1. Colourful furniture

ECOM Recruitment, Marylebone, London. By Action Workspace

Choosing colourful furniture is one of the best ways to add a splash of colour to your office without having to revamp the entire floor. Bright furniture in an otherwise neutral office can help liven up your workspace but also define and separate certain areas by using a different colour scheme.

Above, the architects have opted for vibrant furniture in the waiting area to help separate it from the open place office.

2. Vibrant floor treatment

Insurance company Medibank's office building, Melbourne Australia. By Hassel

 Chromatic floor treatment is another effective tool when looking to define certain spaces with colour. This will allow you to set clearer, albeit conceptual boundaries, without putting up partitions.

Hassel's refreshing use of colour above appears to highlight corridors and circulation areas, while the various shades add a sense of playfulness to the office.

From tinted concrete, through border stripes on wood floors, to a patterned carpet, flooring can easily be made the centrepiece of your office. If you want to keep it simple yet personalised, why not have a custom logo made or inlaid into your floor?

3. Distinctive lighting

PR agency in Dubai, by Stella + the Stars. Photography: Elizabeth Argyll

Colourful lighting can transform a dull office into a quirky one, and it is an easy upgrade too. The clusters of lamps dotted around the office above can add some warmth and character to the interior, and when it comes to office lighting, you're spoilt for choice.

Use pendants over your reception desk or hang them above the conference table. And don't forget sconces to line those long, dark corridors.

 4. Statement staircase

Vinge Law Firm, by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB. Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman

Nothing impresses more than a grand, curved staircase that winds up to the second floor of your office. Add colour to that, and you are bound to make a statement.

Notice how colour was used inside Swedish law firm Vinge, pictured above. Both the staircase and a small waiting area have been set apart through the use of colour – simple, elegant and above all, effective.

5. Bold artwork

Duchy of Lancaster, corporate art collection. Credit: Workplace Art

Paintings, sculptures, any form of artwork is bound to liven up your office by adding a dash of colour. Not sure where to start? Art in the workplace offers a lot of opportunities – Deutsche Bank's corporate art collection is bound to inspire.

6. Reviving plants

Large living wall inside Yoga clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica's office atrium in Vancouver, British Columbia. By Gustavson Wylie Architects

Green walls in the workplace are becoming increasingly popular – they make for a healthier environment, they can improve the acoustics in your room; they are a great way to add a punch of colour too.

Green walls in the workplace are becoming increasingly popular – they make for a healthier environment, they can improve the acoustics in your room; they are a great way to add a punch of colour too.

7. Creative murals

Facebook London's office in Regent's Place, Geo Law  

 Youth-oriented companies may consider street art murals to infuse some personality and energy into their workplace. Office murals make for great feature walls – hire an illustrator or graffiti artist and enjoy the benefits of a custom-made mural that can speak to the innovative, cutting-edge side of your business.

Made in Bulgaria, raised in Morocco, "matured" in the UK, Elissaveta is our Editor-in-Chief. Her career started in the field of architecture and design where she developed a talent for creative thinking and an eye for aesthetics. In 2014, she found her calling in design journalism and now has over three years’ experience in writing about design & architecture.