Color and nature provide healing benefits in hospital settings…
The following information comes from Architectural Record‘s article titled: Functional Color and Design in Healthcare Environments. The article was sponsored by Glidden Professional and written by Celeste Allen Novak, AIA, LEED AP and Barbara Richardson. The information here summarizes the outcome of the color GREEN in healthcare design. To read the complete article, click here.
Applied research and careful study conducted by professionals on the impact of color and design on healthcare settings have changed the design palette used in new healthcare settings.
There is a wide consensus that there is no clear evidence suggesting that any one color is effective in achieving a particular healthcare outcome. In fact, the highly subjective nature of color, color combinations as well as cultural associations of color palettes make the selection of effective color for any environment difficult to predict. However, data does suggest that design professionals who understand the elements of color and the introduction of nature into healthcare environments can make an impact on healing.
Designers and architects who engage all five senses into the design process can enhance the healing process.
Green is in harmony with nature. Each shade or range of color draws cues from the four seasons. Fresh new green found in spring’s first growth and the deepening green leaves and grass of summer are some examples.
Bringing earth tones such as green into the hospital interior provides a soothing, calming environment that promotes healing.
• Enhances Concentration
• Facilitates Judgment
• Nurtures Relaxation
• Offers Balance
• Promotes Security
• Provides Refreshing Atmosphere
• Renews Spirit
• Suggests Healing
Photo Caption: Color used in surgical areas at the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, designed by Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., provides a calming and soothing atmosphere for patients as well as an inspirational and functional work atmosphere for staff. Photo by Scott McDonald