Designer Brings Confidence to the Lives of Women Delivering Colorful Scarves and Conducting Color Therapy Painting Classes

Posted by on Feb 10, 2023 in Behind the Design
Designer Brings Confidence to the Lives of Women Delivering Colorful Scarves and Conducting Color Therapy Painting Classes

Anyone who has watched a pink sunset on a summer night—knows that color can be healing. A few years back, New York-based designer Tanya Taylor put the idea to good use in her new partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital.

Taylor had already taught color-therapy painting classes for the hospital and designed curtains for its pediatric exam rooms. Her scarf partnership delivered chic, colorful scarves to women on their first day of chemotherapy treatment.

Facing the realities of cancer treatment is daunting, and Taylor wanted her sunny accessories to help ease some of the stresses—even just superficially. 

Painting and providing colorful scarves for cancer patients is a meaningful and creative way to give comfort to those who are fighting the disease. It can provide a sense of hope and joy to those who are facing tough times.

Tanya Taylor is a shining example of bringing cheer, hope, and healing to the people who need it most.

Why is Color in Healthcare Design So Important?

Color can be a powerful tool for healing, both physically and mentally. Studies have shown that certain colors can have a calming effect on people, while other colors can energize and invigorate them. For example, blue is often used to reduce stress and anxiety, while yellow can help to increase feelings of happiness and optimism. Color can also be used to ease pain, reduce inflammation, and even improve sleep quality. In general, color therapy can be used to create an atmosphere of relaxation, which can help to improve overall physical and mental health.

Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped modernize healthcare organizations locally, regionally, and internationally, improving patient experience and outcomes. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff

Source: Mathew Hall. “Pediatrics.” HCD Magazine Play Room At Maastricht University Medical Center+ Comments, 2019,

Adobe, Artwork. “The Science of Colors in Design.” The Science of Colors in Design, 2 Apr. 2019,

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