Facilitation of creative performance by using blue and red accent lighting in work and learning areas
Research has shown that colours influence motivation and cognitive performance. In achievement contexts, red evokes avoidance motivation that hinders creativity, while blue elicits an approach motivation that facilitates creativity. However, due to their position and mode of presentation, colours may convey a different message. Red accent lighting creates a cosy, friendly room atmosphere that may, even in an achievement context, elicit an approach rather than an avoidance motivation. Results (N
... ivation. Results (N = 146) showed that both blue and red accent light increased strategic approach motivation compared to white accent light. Moreover, through the heightened approach motivation, colourful accent light indirectly improved creative performance. Implications for future research on colour and practical implications for colour usage are discussed. Practitioner Summary: Designing work environments for creativity is a new topic in ergonomics research and practice. The present study demonstrates indirect effects of coloured accent light on creativity providing interesting possibilities for the design of work places for knowledge workers, classrooms, and all other rooms in which people work on new ideas. Hoonhout, H.C.M., Knoop, M., and R. Vanpol. 2009. Colored lighting in offices the new caffeine? Looking into performance effects of colored lighting. Knez, I., and I. Enmarker. 1998. Effects of office lighting on mood and cognitive performance and a gender effect in work-related judgment. Environment and Behavior 30: 553-567.