Art Benefits Health

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Behind the Design
Art Benefits Health

“An increase amount of natural substances that are beneficial to your health are produced in your body when you’re exposed to music and other forms of art…” – National Institutes of Health National Institutes of Health agree:  “Scientists are finding that the arts can benefit both your mental and physical health.  Current research is following a […]

Hospitals, Kids and Color

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Behind the Design
Hospitals, Kids and Color

It’s no surprise that kids crave color. But why? Ongoing psychological studies suggest that color selection can influence mood and behavior, stimulate the brain and body and even affect one’s health. Marilyn Read, an associate professor of design and human environment at Oregon State University, believes that children’s attraction to color in general goes far […]

Red, White and Blue Color Therapy

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Behind the Design
Red, White and Blue Color Therapy

It has been documented that visual arts make an important difference in reducing patients’ anxiety, lessening pain, aiding in recovery, and improving overall experience. At the core of this study is color and how color has the power to influence the mind, moods and emotions. The following post is a breakdown of color and how […]

The Art of Imagination

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Behind the Design
The Art of Imagination

When designing a children’s hospital one hopes to create an inviting space that encourages, inspires, soothes and positively influences the patients, families, doctors and staff.  Incorporating certain design elements such as color, shapes, and technology can help to create a better way for children to experience healthcare. When Marie, owner of Wikoff Design Studio based […]

Let the Sunshine In

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Behind the Design
Let the Sunshine In

Designer Marie Wikoff of Reno, NV specializes in healthcare design.  She is always looking for ways to use natural light to inspire each space, but in many cases, natural light is limited in some patient areas.  In this particular photo, the use of faux skylights are used to simulate natural light and they also play a major role in […]