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Office Furniture: Colors, Craftsmanship, and Maintenance

Color Schemes

Office furniture generally comes in five color tones: black, gray, brown, dark red, and simple blue. Typically, different shades of gray are used for desks, while black and brown are suitable for executive chairs and meeting room furniture. Simple blue and dark red are often used for office chairs.

Blue, though elegant, remains bright; red, while dignified, retains a touch of liveliness; black and brown convey a sense of solemnity, making them ideal for meeting rooms to help focus thoughts. In general, the color scheme for an office should follow the principle of "big leaps, small harmonies."

Each color has its own language, conveying psychological messages to colleagues and clients. For example, black can feel isolating but also exudes nobility and solemnity; brown may seem old-fashioned, but varying shades can appear elegant; bright reds and pinks can be too flashy but paired with calm, cool colors, they can express youthful vitality; off-white and earth tones might seem too plain but can appear elegant when paired with cheerful warm colors.

Moreover, different color combinations evoke different feelings: light purple with sky blue feels tranquil; magenta with royal blue feels lively; dark purple with moon white seems elegant; pink with off-white conveys a youthful vibe; dark brown with light yellow looks mature; light gray with ink black appears solemn; vermilion with black draws attention; dark green with earth yellow feels natural; sea blue with light blue feels secure; bright yellow with ink black offers a vibrant beauty.

Craftsmanship of Office Furniture

Wood Veneer Technique: This involves adhering a natural wood veneer to the surface of particleboard or MDF, resulting in furniture that looks like solid wood. The advantage is its attractive surface with natural grain patterns; the downside is it is slightly less eco-friendly than solid wood furniture.

Paper Veneer Technique: This involves attaching specially treated paper to the surface of the board. The resulting furniture has controlled colors and patterns. The advantage is its controllable surface appearance; the disadvantage is it requires high craftsmanship quality and is prone to peeling, making repairs difficult.

Melamine Technique: Melamine is applied to the board surface under high temperature and pressure. This produces smooth, durable, and heat-resistant furniture, maintaining the original material’s color. The downside is poor-quality products may not be eco-friendly, and poorly sealed edges can crack, preventing color changes.

Daily Maintenance of Office Furniture

Natural wood furniture boasts inherent wood grain and varied natural colors. Since natural wood breathes, it must be kept in an environment with appropriate temperature and humidity. Avoid placing beverages, chemicals, or overly hot items on the surface to preserve its natural luster. Proper daily cleaning and maintenance ensure wood furniture remains timeless.

For cleaning, use a soft dry cloth or vacuum to remove dust, avoiding hard or sharp objects that can scratch the surface. For stubborn stains, use a specialized furniture cleaner, testing it on an inconspicuous area first to prevent damage.

For maintenance, regularly apply wood wax to wood furniture to maintain its color and enhance water resistance and durability. Metal or glass office furniture should be kept out of direct sunlight or damp environments to prevent rust or corrosion.

For frequently used furniture like office chairs, regularly check their stability and comfort. Inspect the base, armrests, and wheels, and adjust the height and tilt to suit individual preferences. This not only improves office efficiency but also protects your health.

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