The Effects of Colour in Work Environment: A systematic review


  • Nattha Savavibool King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang , Bangkok 10520, Thailand.



In work environment, colour is considered an important design element used to provide aesthetics and company’s branding. Colour can affect human’s perception and behaviour. This review aims to investigate and analyse the existing studies on the effects of workplace colour toward worker’s mood, wellbeing and outcomes. 40 papers fitted the inclusion criteria were selected to review. The results show a significant influence of colour on three aspects of effects; namely, Psychological Effects (e.g. mood, emotion), Physiological Effects (e.g. stress, comfort, wellbeing), and Outcomes (e.g. productivity, performance, creativity). Finally, the review concludes with issues to be addressed for further research.

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Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Colour perception; Colour psychology; Effect of colour; Work environment 



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How to Cite

Savavibool, N. (2016). The Effects of Colour in Work Environment: A systematic review. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(4), 262-270.