3 Colors That Can Make You Better at Your Job

If you’ve ever lived in a place with a room painted an odd or dull color (or just boring old white), you’ll know just how much it can affect your mood.

While some of us are more tuned in to color variances than others, we all experience the subconscious psychological effects of color. This is called Color Psychology: the study of how different colors and hues affect our behavior.

Color Psychology has some pretty strong scientific roots. We know that it affects what we buy (which explains why it gets so much attention in sales and marketing), how much we want to eat and can make remarkable differences in the beauty of our homes and the state of our well-being.

But we also know it can greatly affect  focus and productivity, and might actually be sapping your energy.

While there is no magic shade that will have you making millions overnight, there are many ways you can create a more productive environment for yourself, at home or at work.

Here are the three colors that can make you better at your job!


Orange is a highly energizing hue that, according to ancient Feng Shui principles, promotes concentration, organization and pinpointed focus. Perfect for someone who needs to move quick, this is a “wake up and get moving” sort of color and can be extremely effective as a booster, even in small amounts. So, if painting all the walls in your office bright orange sounds a bit too overwhelming for your taste, try spicing up the room with orange accents—drapes or a decorative vase.


Depending on your line of work, green can be an incredible option for your office. If your work is more creative or requires a great deal of levelheadedness and empathy, green will help promote peace, creativity and stability. Because green is the color of nature, it can help people feel balanced and reassured day-to-day and can even improve collaboration and mutual understanding. Bonus: Green pairs well with other more stimulating colors like red on the opposite end of the color spectrum.


There is no color steadier and more reliable than blue. Most people associate this hue with calm, trustworthiness and consistency, and it’s been linked to improved cognitive performance. There’s a reason why wearing blue is so highly recommended for job interviews! Blue has also been associated with creativity, making it another great choice for an office setting.

So there you have it! Three great color choices that will keep you energized, creative and organized in your workplace, wherever that may be. Now get painting!

Originally published for Care2 at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/3-colors-that-can-make-you-better-at-your-job.html#ixzz4CpSA3Q5n