What color(s) should we paint the walls in our cubicle-filled office environment?
My office is a large, open space filled with cubicles in a suburban office park. It looks a lot like Initech
, frankly: grayish-blue carpet, gray desks, gray cubicle walls with matching dull gray paint on the walls.
New management is willing to put some money towards upgrading our environment. Paint is cheap and the gray walls are universally despised, so it's an easy place to start. Interior designers, however, are not cheap, so as resident graphic designer I've been asked to suggest some colors to repaint our walls.
-- Big, long walls that are highly visible over low cubicles
-- Flourescent lighting, minimal natural light
-- No exposed brick, ductwork, or any other "interesting" interior architecture. This place looks like Dilbert-ville.
Due to the nature of our business, we almost never have clients or potential clients in our office, so this isn't a project for marketing purposes -- just something to make life nicer for cube-dwellers like me.
Are there any good books or websites that discuss improving a sterile, boring cube-farm? I know that advertising and design firms like to show off their awesomely creative spaces, but we don't have good lighting, good architecture, or a lot of money to throw around.
Our workforce is pretty young and hip; I'm not confined to just neutrals, but I don't want to get too wacky either. I'm looking for colors that will make our office feel warmer and more pleasant without making people edgy or annoyed. Hope me, hivemind!
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