Choosing the right colour palette for the flooring in a commercial space is an important decision to get right. Every space is unique and every corporation has a unique vision and brand identity. As such, there are many factors to take into account. In a nutshell, choose the colours that will work with the décor and the brand, also ensuring that your choice works for the overall feeling in the office or building.
When deciding on the colour palette for the floor, here are a few simple guidelines to follow:
1. Consider the corporate/ brand identity
While it might not be necessary to incorporate the company’s brand identity in the choice of flooring colour or style, the flooring must complement the overall décor, which, in all likelihood, will reflect it.
2. Define the colour palette according to the category of colour scheme:
– Do you need to opt for a monotone, or single colour, palette, such as greys or beiges?
– What about a monochromatic palette consisting of a single vibrant colour, eg reds?
– An analogous palette incorporates colours that are adjacent on the colour wheel, eg red, orange and yellow
– A complementary palette is made up of contrasting colours, eg red and green
3. Consider the lighting and size of the space when selecting the flooring colour. Do you need to pick a warm, cool or neutral colour?
– Lighter / neutral colours can be used successfully in big areas
– Brighter colours are usually best reserved for accenting an area
Remember that natural light will change colours and their intensity throughout the day.