Scientists developed these special colors to make office workers more productive

Offices are increasingly being designed with collaboration in mind, as the lines between corporate meetings, private work sessions, and coffee dates with clients blur. While furniture and layout are often discussed, experts say there is a new frontier of workplace design they are just now tapping into: color.

Color — specifically, colored lighting — can affect productivity, according to an extensive body of research by Mariana Figueiro, a professor of lighting at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private research university.

The blue the researchers used, a ‘460 nanometer,’ affected the circadian system by simulating light from a daytime sky.

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