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Living Coral | Pantone's Color of the Year 2019

Image source: Pantone

Image source: Pantone

It’s that time of the year! While everyone is giddy over the holidays, we’re gushing over the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019; 16-1546 Living Coral. The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Every winter, Pantone announces a “color of the year” - a retinal reflection of the cultural moment.

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

- Leatrice Eiseman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE

Image source: Pantone

Image source: Pantone



So…why coral?

We live in a digital world. Our lives are constantly consumed by technology + social media which leaves us wanting more authentic + intimate experiences. PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral’s social spirit engages nature while encouraging lighthearted activity. It evokes a playfulness that we so desire in our every day lives. The Color Institute states that it “symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” Originally, the Greek word Coral corresponds to the element of the ocean + means ‘daughter of the sea’. It supports creative energies + displays a lively presence.


Coral in the Workplace

Generally, we tend to see more neutral colors in the workplace. With the recent focus on employee well-being, most work environments try not to visually overwhelm staff. The main goal is to provide employees with a healthy, appealing environment to increase productivity. Some might think coral is an overwhelming color to use. However, if used correctly, it can provide us with comfort + buoyancy.

Image source: https://www.decoist.com/2014-07-16/hot-color-trends-interior-design/

Image source: https://www.decoist.com/2014-07-16/hot-color-trends-interior-design/

Living Coral is the perfect bold statement for 2019. Use it in communal spaces such as pop-up installations + interactive areas. The Color Institute also adds, “As a color linked to tactility and human connection, PANTONE Living Coral in shag rugs, cozy blankets, and lush upholsteries create a warm, comforting, and nurturing feeling.”

Image source: Kimball

Image source: Kimball


Use PANTONE 16-1546 in your designs!

Curious in how to use the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year? The Color Institute has created five different color pallets that feature Living Coral to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs + illustrate the dynamic nature of this color within various combinations.








Sources:

https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019

https://colourpsychologytoday.com/colour-meanings





Spring Cleaning; tips to keeping your work desk clutter free!

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There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re drowning in paperwork at your desk. It is very easy to accumulate clutter in your desk around your work area. We all do it! All of the sudden it’s 2:00pm, you look down, and BOOM…clutter…everywhere. As if work isn’t already stressful enough, you become even more overwhelmed knowing you have all of this mess devouring you. Sound familiar?

Luckily, we know exactly how you feel…and we’re here to help.

It is important to have a relaxed mind while you’re at work, not only for productivity, but for creativity as well. Your desk is where you create. It is a place where you come up with innovative solutions. It is also a place where you’re at for most of the day, so why keep it messy?

In with the old and out with the new. This is the first step to keeping your desk clutter free. There is nothing wrong with keeping old projects but get ‘em out of the way! Freeing up new space can make a big difference.

Organization is HUGE…for obvious reasons. This is one of the main reasons spaces become cluttered. Use folders/dividers to help label and store your things. Walmart has a ton of inexpensive, cute accessories you can purchase to help maintain a clean surface. Make a place for your things so you can put them back when you are finished.

Designate one day out of the week to de-clutter. Set a goal for yourself to clean out your desk every Friday or every Monday. This way you can leave for the weekend feeling accomplished, or start the week out already feeling accomplished. The choice is up to you!

Lastly, spice up your desk with some aesthetically pleasing items. A small plant, a picture, or even a motivating quote that you enjoy. Make your desk a place where you want to be, so your mind is able to produce more. The more welcoming your environment is, the more you will be able to boost your creativity and productivity.

I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to keep a clutter free work space! Stay tuned for more creative expressions by b + c Office Interiors.    

Does Your Office Furniture Promote Your Brand?

Office furniture isn’t just functional in the traditional sense. The setup of your space speaks volumes about your company and the reality of your company’s culture. It’s all well and good to promote a laid-back environment, but if your office furniture is set up in a way that deters people from interacting or being comfortable, it’s a disservice to your company’s core values.

 

The kind of desk you need depends entirely on the culture you’re working towards.

 

Creative businesses want to focus on shared workstations to encourage communication and foster creativity. Kimball’s Hum is designed to accommodate the way your team works: as a group and as individuals. With customizable See-Me-Screens, you can focus on your work without feeling boxed in and it makes it easy to collaborate when needed. Plus, with so many design options Hum is bound to fit your aesthetic while promoting your brand.

(Photo Source:  Kimball )

(Photo Source: Kimball)

Companies that emphasize health and wellness might consider investing in height-adjustable desks to off-set some of the negative side effects of the mostly sedentary office life. Workrite has several options for different price points, including electric, crank, and counter balance desks. Their Essentia Electric comes in two different configurations and features programmable settings, so once you find the sit and stand heights that work best for you, you won’t lose precious time fiddling with the controls again.

(Photo Source:  Workrite )

(Photo Source: Workrite)

 

Consistency is vital when cultivating your brand. You expect your employees to not only follow but actively uphold your company’s values. Your office furniture needs to be doing the same. If it’s not, contact b + c office interiors to learn how to make your office furniture work for your brand. 

An Office Love Story

The Perfect Office Chair

You knew it right away. You had finally found The One. The One that fit all the qualities you were looking for in an office chair, and when you sat down, you just knew.

At your desk you got to know one another, adjusting the arm rests, raising the seat to the right height for your posture. This chair supported you, comforted you.  

A year goes by. Maybe two. Maybe more. You come to the office in the morning, sit down with your coffee, and get to work. But your back hurts after a few hours of sitting and you start to fidget. You aren’t sure the chair can offer you the same support it once did. So you play around with the lumbar adjustments and sit on a pillow for cushioning, knowing these are just temporary solutions.

Sometimes you can make it work. Sometimes you can’t. That’s okay. Office chairs are built for durability and every day use, but they’re going to age with you and won’t always be the best fit for your health.

When it’s time to move on and your office chair’s wheels no longer roll, B+C Office Interiors is here to help you find the office chair that can give you the support you deserve.

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