Most corporate offices make use of bright colours in the reception area. Be it through paintings on the wall or the wall paint etc. It has been scientifically proven that striking colours send out positive vibes. They create a 'feel-good' atmosphere. Dull walls in a reception area can make one feel gloomy, especially in a hospital environment.
Personally, I like the use of bright colours in office spaces, provided the reception area is large. The use of colours, with natural light streaming in a large hall, is pleasant. The same bright colours in a small room can have a negative effect.
I like the use of different elements, especially in the lobby area, quite appealing. Colours on white walls (paintings, posters and murals), lights, natural plants, a touch of metal (as in a metal statue), a water body (a small pond or a portable fountain).
What I do not like is walls clad in granite or tiles.
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