New findings reveal that work-related stress has become an ‘epidemic’. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published a report that stated 15.4 million working days were lost to the condition in 2017/18, which is a significant increase on the previous year.

The HSE say that 595,000 workers were reported as suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety over the last 12 months; and that the number of days lost to stress had risen by 24% year on year.

All employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work and there are various ways in which managers can help protect their employees.

Did you know there are certain colours that are calming and that can reduce stress? A colour can have a huge impact on your mood and affect your productivity levels.

Whatever type of environment you work in- from offices and shops to schools and leisure facilities- here are the most serene, tranquil colours to use when decorating those settings that will enable staff to feel at ease.

1. Chalky purple

 Purple office decor

Purple is associated with royalty, luxury and mystery whereas darker shades can incite feelings of stress and frustration.

A royal purple is an intense colour but muted, chalky shades of purple can be calming. Lavender, for example, has the stability of blue and the energy of red which is why it’s often used in aromatherapy and yoga.

2. Olive Green

Green home office

Earthy tones like pale and beige greens are the most calming in the green family; in particular Olive Green. Green is associated with the environment, freshness and harmony.

3. Light grey

 Grey office decor

Decorating a room white can create feelings of emptiness and cold. Tinting the white with a grey, even if it’s just a few shades darker than white, can warm up the walls and be more comfortable.

4. Watery blues

 Blue office decor

Ignore the saying ‘I’m feeling blue’ because blue is in fact one of the most stress-reducing colours!

Pale, washed blues are calming as they are associated with the sky, water and tranquillity According to Feng Shui, the colour blue can slow down the heart rate and lower the blood pressure.

5. Dusty pinks

 Pink office decor

We’re not quite sure decorating the office pink is the best colour choice, but pale, dusty pinks can add a relaxing feel to any space. Pink is often associated with love and friendship- lighter shades can be soothing, but deeper shades can contribute feelings of stress and claustrophobia.


So there you have it; 5 of the best, most relaxing colours to use in your workplace.

Make sure you stay clear of shades in the red, orange and yellow family. The wrong shade of yellow can trigger sickness and headaches!

Lustalux’s dedicated team of experts have been designing and installing vinyl and digitally printed graphics in the workplace for over 20 years. Whether it’s the walls or windows, we have the technical knowledge and design expertise to tackle any type of commercial printing and graphics installation.

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So if you’re trying to improve your workplace environment for safety, privacy or simply make it a more enjoyable, fun space to work in, bear in mind the colours above and let us help.

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