What Colours Say in the Workplace

Choosing what colours your walls and floors are in an industrial setting is not quite as clear cut as it is in an office environment. In an office you’re expected to have light and airy with enough natural light to make your workers feel comfortable and see their PC monitors with ease.

What Colours Say in the Workplace
What Colours Say in the Workplace

Sure, this is probably similar to your industrial workplace. Where possible you want to have lighter walls and floors (whites or creams) to accentuate and bounce the light around the room. Not blacks and flicks of colour here and there.

Yet this isn’t always practical, nor recommended. If you’re using heavy machinery for example, it’s going to be of importance to keep untrained employees away from dangerous areas when the machinery is in operation. In some cases, you’d only want one operator to a machine too.

This is where applying industrial floor paint comes into its own. You can coat the floor in one colour and then add others where needed. It not only acts as a visual aid to dissuade crossing into areas people shouldn’t, but it also can give clear navigational instructions for those new to the workplace and guests in the building.

Choosing which colour is somewhat up to you, however, your main aim is to make whatever colour you choose is clear and communicative in its reason for being there. We all know as a rule that red normally means ‘danger’ – especially in a manufacturing environment – so that would be a decent colour to use in hazardous areas.

Similarly, you’re black and yellow hatched lines also shout out ‘caution’ to the majority of people. When you see yellow hatches on the road for example, you know you’re not meant to stay there at all.

For these reasons it’s best to use your common sense and stick to what is most commonly known inside, and outside, of operating hazardous areas.

As for the quality of your paint, get something that is going to last. With heavy machinery often comes heavy or dirty items and materials. These can easily scuff and stain a non-resistant floor so make sure you invest in quality, hard-wearing paint too.