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When considering what kind of lighting you want to use for your office try to strike a balance
between low/soft and high lighting levels. Work space requirements and needs along with
personal preferences will influence your choices. Balanced lighting can help create a calm and
productive environment.

Here are some action items to consider helping to create the perfect balance:

– Consider the situation and space when choosing lighting
-Provide natural light where possible, if necessary use blinds or sheer curtains to block
out direct sunlight on work surfaces
-Provide desk lamps which can increase productivity and comfort levels
-Prioritise your lighting focusing on the quality of light for work areas
-Use indirect lighting and matte finishes to minimise distracting and tiring glare

Peter Mark College, Designer Garry Cohn

Peter Mark College, Designer Garry Cohn

S O O T H I N G   C O L O U R S

Colour and the correct use of it can influence the overall well being of an office environment.
When choosing colours, low saturation or intensity is advised. This will help create a calm, soothing
environment and help with productivity levels. Any colour palette can be used when using low
saturation so the options are endless. Use a neutral palette as a background or as a support
colour.  The result will be soft and inviting.

Peter Mark College, Designer Garry Cohn

Peter Mark College, Designer Garry Cohn

W A R M   S U R F A C E   F I N I S H E S

Surface finishes influence how we perceive the office environment. Matte finishes create
a soft and warm feeling whereas gloss finishes tend to feel hard and cold. When gloss finishes
are used they reflect light and cause glare that can be distracting. The use of other sheens such as
satin, semi-gloss or gloss are best used for areas that have a heavy wear such as skirting
(base moldings), chair rails (dado rail), window sills and other areas of heavy impact.

Calm Materials Pallet, Curated by COHN

H A R M O N I O U S   M A T E R I A L S

The use of natural materials can help create calm and harmony in a space whilst also connecting
us to nature. The addition of suitable, natural materials (wood, stones, and plants) can give
relief from dull, synthetic materials while also adding natural colour, life and texture.
Be creative with their use. A more natural environment can make us feel warm, comfortable
and energised, creating a relaxed and productive work environment.

Designer Garry Cohn

E X P E R I E N C E   C O M F O R T   A N D   R E L A X A T I O N

Clutter free, highly organised work spaces help create a calm atmosphere. First impressions are
everything and long lasting so create a welcoming and warm environment in your office. The reception
area is often the first and only area people encounter so use this space to create the right impression for
your company.  Consider the waiting area. Is it warm and inviting? Is it comfortable? Is it well organised?
Does it say who you are as a company? Consider the use of artwork and plants to welcome and put
visitors at ease. Stimulate the senses through the use of flowers and suitable music.