The importance of colour co-ordination and how you should do it

The importance of colour co-ordination and how you should do it

The use of colour featured very highly in our 29 signs you are an office geek which was revealed last week. Colour coding, owning red, black and blue pens as well as highlighters and sticky notes in more than three different colours are just some of the signs you are an office geek.

With many studies on the impact of colour in a workplace, this isn’t a huge surprise. However, too much colour could lead to a clash and end up causing more confusion or chaos than clarity. We’ve been exploring how mixing the right colours can help you transform your desk, workstation or office.



How do you colour co-ordinate your work space?

Have you seen a colour wheel before? It may take you back to your school art and technology days. The wheel of colour was originally designed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666 after he discovered sunlight contains all the colours of the rainbow when he experimented with prisms.

Sir Isaac Newton found that red, yellow, and blue were the primary colours from which all other colours were formed and his circle was designed to prove his theory. Whilst some of his thinking was later disputed, many others have since created their own colour wheels and carried out their own research.

These days experts talk about ‘cool’ and ‘warm’ colours. Blues, greens and purples would be described as cool colours whilst red, orange and yellow shades would be warm. It is cool colours which are generally associated with professionalism and calmness. Power, strength and passion are often displayed in warm colours.


Finding the perfect colour combination is about primary, secondary and tertiary colours working together. Primary colours are red, yellow and blue. Secondary colours are created by mixing the three primary colours to create green, orange and purple. Tertiary colours are formed when you mix primary and secondary colours. When it comes to co-ordinating colours, one easy way to remember is that black and white are opposites. A simple but effective way to find a perfect combination is to select colours which are on opposite sides of a colour wheel.

Another option to create co-ordination in your colour selection is to choose neighbouring colours on the wheel so this will blend slightly different shades together. There are many other ways you can co-ordinate colour but these two methods are the most straightforward and easy to remember when planning your workspace.

How to add colour to your desk

Have you checked out the Exacompta Iderama range yet? This is a fantastic way to add some colour to your desk whether that’s through desktop accessories, files, folders, presentation binders and other storage. The Iderama range is water resistant and all products are available in ten vibrant colours so you can colour co-ordinate or mix and match your stationery.


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