Color plays a key role in design, especially in
the healthcare world. It used to be that only
“certain” colors were used in healthcare related
projects, like famous pastels such as pink and
peach, sea foam green and the commonly
seen sterile white. Patient expectations and
needs are changing and the industry must
change with them. This has opened the door
to endless possibilities and different design
opportunities. Healthcare spaces are often
influenced by "hospitality spaces" meaning
they are designed with the characteristics of a
hotel atmosphere. The design intent is to help
improve the overall healthcare experience by
reducing stress and enhancing healing.
How Color is CHanging and Evolving in
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Color in Healthcare
Nurses Station. Ireland
Grove Center for Surgery.
While creativity is important, it is critical to
understand color when making selections for
various applications. It is especially important
in a healthcare environment where feelings,
emotions, age, gender, and space functionality
need to be considered.
The following are a few examples of these
Lobby Space/Waiting Area
Since the lobby and waiting area are the
first impression of a facility, they should be
designed to be inviting. These spaces should
feel warm and relaxing so patients and their
guests are comfortable while waiting. Warm
hues such as reds and browns along with
neutrals help achieve these goals. Subtle
patterns and wood tones are also a nice
addition to this type of space.
Waiting Area. Ireland Grove Center for Surgery.