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The Most Popular Corporate Paint Colors Of 2019

July 10, 2019


Offices and corporate settings continue to be designed with strategy and collaboration in mind. This type of planning certainly applies to picking corporate paint colors that will foster creativity, lighten the mood, and create an environment where employees and clients can feel comfortable and be more productive.

In fact, world-renowned color psychologist Angela Wright has developed a scientifically tested theory called the “color affect system.” In her findings, Wright shows that color -- and therefore corporate paint color -- can heavily influence our behavior.

To shed light on the science behind this phenomenon, Wright provides the following explanation: 

“We’re always surrounded by lots of colors,” Wright said. “Color travels to us on wavelengths of photons from the sun. And when they strike a colored object, that object absorbs only the wavelengths that match its own atomic structure, and they reflect the rest, and that’s what we see. So the different wavelengths strike the eye in different ways. In the retina, they are converted into electrical impulses that pass to the part of the brain known as the hypothalamus, which governs our endocrine system and hormones, and much of our activity.”

Being comfortable and in the right mindset at work is about more than just choosing a comfy desk chair or hanging an inspirational quote on your wall. A well-thought-out corporate paint color can provide an aesthetic stimulus that can have a profound effect on the atmosphere at the office.

In their research, design industry experts such as Decor Mag and Elle Decor have identified certain hues that can make or break the design of your office space because of their ability to boost productivity and create a mood that is workflow friendly.

Whether you’re looking to perform a large-scale remodel or simply repaint a single office in your corporate space, Cochran & Mann, a commercial painting and wallcovering company in Frederick, Maryland, is here to help you choose the right corporate paint color for the job.

Valspar Seattle Haze (4003-4B) is the type of neutral corporate paint color that is coveted in many commercial settings because of its sleek, professional look. This blue-gray color is deeply nuanced and its subtle purple tone creates a calm and soothing feeling. 

“This moody blue has a calming grey undertone that promotes a more serene energy,” Valspar Senior Color Designer Sue Kim said, “Blues can be given a touch of purple to free our thinking, with hints of gray to ground us."

Pantone Living Coral (16-1546) is Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year and perfect for those looking for something a little livelier than a neutral corporate paint color. It is meant to be a color that energizes and enlivens but with a softer edge than most vibrant hues. With many commercial spaces often being riddled with technology and digital interactions, Living Coral provides a calming sense of nature and serenity.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, gives more perspective on the shade:

“In a time when so many of us are increasingly immersed in digital experiences that can be cold and isolating, Living Coral felt like an appealing shade of connection. There's just something about the color that feels earthbound and welcoming, optimistic and intimate.”

Benjamin Moore Black Panther (2125-10) makes for a more serious neutral tone that is versatile enough for most types of office decor. This mindful gray undertone creates a “subdued sense of tranquility” according to Elle Decor.

“People will begin to incorporate calm grey undertones, which are associated with mindful living and smart choices," Kim said of the use of these types of shades. “These coined ‘introspective shades’ regard a color's undertone as equally important to the shade itself.”

Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay (SW 7701) is Sherwin Williams’ 2019 Color of the Year. This hue is the perfect match for those looking for more of an elemental, nature-inspired theme. Both casual and refined, this corporate paint color is welcoming and warm without going over the top.

According to Sherwin Williams, “Cavern Clay is a nod to mid-century modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together creates a desert modern aesthetic.”

Going with safe, neutral colors has typically been the M.O. of choosing corporate paint colors in the past, and while this is still the case in most situations, 2019 is where we will start to see a little more risk-taking in this area.

Vibrant, warm colors that are a little softer than their hue relatives are being incorporated into commercial settings to help provoke thought and collaboration. Giving employees and clients a sense of nature and life in the office is also becoming more of a priority for those designing or redesigning their workspace.

As experts in commercial painting and wallcovering, Cochran & Mann gives a big thumbs up to all of these corporate paint color choices. Whether you’re an industry leader who exudes confidence and stamina for the corporate world or your small-town manager with their first office space, these colors are sure to look great in your professional environment.

For more information on how to choose a paint color for a commercial building, download our Commercial Building Paint Color Guide by clicking on the button below:

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