Colour is a powerful tool for organisation. From infancy, we’re taught to sort objects by colour, and throughout life our minds quickly and easily process colour unconsciously, often ahead of other visual stimuli. Creating a colour-coded system in your workplace is an intuitive way to organise everything from filing and resources to teams or departments, as long as it is purposeful and properly managed.
While an aesthetically-pleasing arrangement of colours is soothing to the eye, colour-coding focusses on the logical use of colour for organisation rather than just what looks good. You can still choose a colour palette of bright, pastel or standard colours to complement your décor, and even allocate a natural progression of colours through the rainbow for a more harmonious look. Ultimately, however, it should be functional over fashionable.
Colour-coding can be applied in different ways depending on what is needed in your workplace. The key is to choose a system, assign colours, and be consistent. Any time you introduce an office-wide colour-coding system, make sure to also use clear labelling to keep it accessible for people with any form of colour-blindness. Icons and patterns are a strong way to do this and complement your colour system.
Once you’ve implemented your colour-coding system it will be easy to maintain and stay organised. Being surrounded by colour is known to boost your mood and enhance creativity, so your colour-coding can do more than just save you time and make you more productive. You’ll pass with “filing colours" when you use colour-coding to organise your workplace.
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