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Colour in your Control Room

Have you ever wondered if or perhaps how to incorporate colour into your control room?

It can be seen as a risky move, however if done correctly, the benefits to the health, wellbeing and productivity of operators can be rewarding for employee and employer alike.

From the days where a grey or monochrome palette was the norm, in more recent times we’re seeing a shift towards letting colour into a space which imposes high demands on its’ occupants.

Why use colour?

Corporate identity

Corporate identity in your control room is a great way for an organisation to address the ‘human factor’ as it creates a strong sense of community, purpose, pride and belonging. Performance is subsequently optimised, fewer mistakes are made and employees feel valued. Corporate identity usually involves the introduction of the brands’ code, with logos and colour palettes carefully applied to avoid distracting the operator.

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Colour releases emotions in humans which can be used to the benefit of all. By creating positive energies, it can motivate a workforce.

But why do we as humans prefer one colour over another? Colour preference testing has concluded an ecological valence theory in which the average persons’ response to the colour of objects they like, means they are more likely to prefer that colour over ones they dislike.

the emotions of colour


Blue shades mirror the sky, sea and nature. A popular choice in control rooms as they promote wellbeing and create a calming, relaxing atmosphere for staying level-headed, whilst also providing a creative energy for key decision-making.


These shades mirror nature and the outdoors, and are perfect for stress reduction, recovery and calmness. It is also claimed to reduce eye fatigue.


Known to enhance performance as this colour energy signifies muscle, strength, and heart rate. Red is ideal for areas in which important decisions are made.

White, yellow and orange

Happy colours are great for energising and exciting an individual, as well as boosting motivation levels.

Tips and tricks to consider:

  • Saturated colours increase alertness, so ideal for nightshift workers
  • Consider room size as small spaces work better with light colours
  • Consider the light reflective values of materials used within the control room, which affect how colours react and the shades chosen
  • Always consider the lighting, textiles and patterns as a whole entity within the room
  • Choose complimentary colours in the colour wheel and stay within one segment for subtlety
  • Consider how different cultures use colour in different ways and how to create inclusion in the workplace.

Colour collection from Thinking Space

Launched in July 2021, Thinking Space have taken the concept of colour emotions and corporate identity into our latest finishes for control room furniture. Our range features each accent which can be teamed with a monochromatic palette or those within the same colour segment.

Find out more about how to bring colour into your control room.




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