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What color is your productivity?

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Do brightly colored walls help you work better? It depends on what kind of person you are, according to Nancy Kwallek who’s studied the subject for 20 years at the University of Texas School of Architecture.

Kwallek, director of the university’s Interior Design Program, tested three different office spaces. One space was painted red, another blue-green, and a third all white.

Ninety workers were asked to perform tasks, such as proofreading and typing, in the rooms. Some were “high screeners,” who could easily ignore their surroundings, and some were “low screeners,” who couldn’t.

The result: The high screeners felt stimulated in the vibrantly painted room and were very productive in it. Low screeners felt overwhelmed by the bright room, but relaxed and were more productive in the blue-green room.

Both types of screeners made more errors when working in the white room, initially. Over time, though, the errors dropped off, and the all-white walls had no effect.

Bottom line:
Know what kind of a screener you are before coating your walls.

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