A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled Building a Thinking Room, looked at the effect building design and architecture has on our mood and our health. Increasingly, scientists are discovering that all sorts of aspects of an office environment can affect us, including ceiling height, wall color and lighting.
One study found much higher stress levels for workers in an old office with a low ceiling and loud air conditioners compared to their colleagues who were working in a renovated area with skylights and open cubicles. In another study, psychologists discovered that color can affect performance on mental tasks. Those in a red environment were found to be better at tests requiring accuracy and attention to detail, whereas people in a blue environment performed much better when creativity and imagination was required.