Consider carefully what mood you want to set in the office. According to Health Magazine, colors in our environment can have both an emotional and physiological response (References 1). Seeing vibrant red and violet wall colors actually stimulates adrenaline production in the body, increasing your energy and creativity levels. Pale blues have a calming effect, while yellows and greens make office inhabitants more cheerful. Black can set a tone of power and dominance.
Intensity of colors and color combinations also have their own effects. While pale blue shades can create a soothing environment, bright blues are as stimulating as reds and violets. No matter what the individual color elicits, contrasting colors can be jarring and agitating to visitors. Tiger Color recommends using analogous colors on the color wheel to create a harmonious environment (Reference 2). This mimics the complementary shades found in nature.