Color Trends for Healthcare Facilities

Posted on August 8, 2017

Color Trends for Healthcare Facilities

Going to the hospital or doctor’s office is often a stressful and sometimes scary experience. Today, patients are more invested in their wellness, so they’re looking for more than just exams, surgeries, and prescriptions from their healthcare providers. With today’s increasingly competitive healthcare market, patients have more choices than ever regarding where they receive care.

As a result, healthcare providers are looking at ways to enhance their patients’ experience. One way they can do that is with the design of their facilities. Color has always been an important part of design, yet healthcare facilities have often ignored it and settled on dull and uninspiring colors.

Today, designers and healthcare providers understand the importance of color on patient emotions, well-being, and even their overall health. Savvy healthcare providers are creating inspirational spaces that promote healing. “The important element in everyone’s mind is creating a patient and a family experience that’s memorable and helps set a healthcare organization apart,” says Jocelyn Stroupe, director of healthcare interiors at CannonDesign.

One current trend in design that lends itself well to healthcare is Biophilic Design. Biophilia means a love of life or living things. Biophilic Design, introduced in 1984, addresses our innate attraction to nature. “Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing,” according to “14 PATTERNS OF BIOPHILIC DESIGN: Improving Health & Well-Being in the Built Environment.

Catie Ryan, senior project manager at Terrapin Bright Green, says, “On average, patients whose windows overlooked a scene of nature were released after 7.96 days, compared with the 8.71 days it took for patients whose views were of the hospital’s exterior walls to recover sufficiently to be released — a decrease of 8.5%.”

Biophilic design uses calming and relaxing colors, which makes it perfect for patient rooms. Blues have been found to help lower heart rate and greens to promote restfulness. Both can help a patient heal more quickly.

One current trend in design that lends itself well to healthcare is Biophilic Design. Biophilia means a love of life or living things.

Traditionally, healthcare waiting rooms and lobbies have been dull and uncomfortable with wall-to-wall shades of the same color; however, these rooms need to create a great first impression. The use of earth tones, turquoise, and shades of blue can help alleviate anxiety as patients enter your facility. If you want to jazz it up a little, paint an accent wall a brighter color.

Physical movement is part of physical therapy centers; brighter and bolder colors can help promote energy and adrenaline. But you don’t want to overdo it: using an overall relaxing color like gray with an accent wall of bright blue or even bold orange or red can be a good choice.

Color goes well beyond aesthetics in healthcare design and can be a powerful tool to help calm your patients, help them heal more quickly, and help distinguish your health care facility from others.

In addition to color consultations, CertaPro Painters® delivers first-class, quality interior and exterior painting for healthcare facilities of all types from long-term to short-term care – while providing peace of mind for you. With healthcare facility painting projects, we understand the unique concerns facing all types of healthcare facilities and will make sure we address your specific needs. We are highly respectful of the property and privacy of your patients, residents, and staff. We complete work on spec, on time and on budget.


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