The Effects of Colour in Work Environment: A systematic review


  • Nattha Savavibool PhD Candidate in Multidisciplinary Design Research Program, Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Birgitta Gatersleben School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK
  • Chumporn Moorapun Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand



Colour perception, Colour psychology, Effect of colour, Work environment.


In the work environment, colour is considered an important design element used to improve aesthetic qualities of the environment and for a company’s branding. This paper reviews existing research on the effects of workplace colour on worker’s mood, wellbeing and other work-related outcomes. In total 40 papers fitted the inclusion criteria and were included in the review. The results show a significant influence of colour on affect (e.g. mood, emotion), wellbeing (e.g. stress, comfort, wellbeing), and performance (e.g. productivity, performance, creativity). The review concludes with suggestions for further research.

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

eISSN 2398-4295 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( 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. 



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