How to Keep Patients Calm with the Right Colors

A perfectly crafted color palette can set the tone for a healthcare facility, whether it’s the product of renovation, interior design, or a new-build project. But determining what shades of colors are best suited for your medical office should be done with consideration of how you can keep patients calm.

Learn how to create an environment that will create and foster health and wellness with the help of colors.

How to Choose Calming Colors for Your Medical Space

Color tones and contrasting textures create the ambience of the space. This could be in the furniture you choose, as well as the colors of your walls and fixtures. If you are designing your medical office, you may want to consider calming and soothing colors that help your patients feel more at ease.

Blue represents honesty, loyalty, wisdom, dependability, and security. It can help bring down blood pressure, and slow respiration and heart rate. It is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for medical offices for healing properties.

A pastel blue can come across as unpleasantly chilly on the walls and furnishings. A light blue, on the other hand, can balance well with warm hues for furnishings and fabrics. To encourage relaxation in waiting or exam areas, consider warmer blues such as periwinkle, or bright blues such as cerulean or turquoise. Softer blues are known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. Darker blues can have the opposite effect, evoking feelings of sadness.

Green is very pleasing to the senses. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and cheerfulness of yellow, green has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress and is often associated with peace, harmony and support.

Yellow is commonly associated with laughter, happiness and joy. A room decorated with yellow fosters positivity because the brain reportedly releases serotonin when around this color. It has energizing properties, but be careful with yellow; when too strong, it is the color of intensity. Use yellow sparingly in just the right places to add contrast and visual interest, but refrain from using it as your choice for main color schemes. In larger amounts, yellow can create feelings of frustration and anger.

Pink is believed to be the most calming of all colors. Think of pink as the color of compassion, kindness, empathy, and hope. A touch of pink in a room is intuitive and insightful; a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings. It is a positive color that reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger and aggression. In a healthcare facility, the color pink helps patients relate to understanding and the giving and receiving of nurturing.

Color Tones to Avoid

Red is the color of energy, movement and excitement. Red is not commonly used in the healthcare industry. Invoking feelings of rage and hostility, this color can raise blood pressure, and increase respiration and heart rate. Sitting for long periods of time in a room painted in red will likely affect the peace and harmony you are striving to create in your medical office. Instead of ensuring you keep patients calm, they will likely feel less at ease.

Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm, and is an energetic color. While this color is great for an exercise room, it is not recommended for your medical office as it stimulates deprivation, frivolity, frustration, and immaturity. Unlike the calming and healing properties of blues and greens, orange increases energy levels.

How to Choose a Color Palette for Your Medical Office

  1. Stick to 2 or 3 colors and one accent color. This allows for simplicity in design and visual interest.
  2. Follow the 60-30-10 rule. Use a primary color for 60% of the space, a secondary color for 30% of the space, and an accent color for the remaining 10%.
  3. The makeup of your target audience. For hospitals and medical offices, gear towards using cool and calming colors to create a soothing environment. Stay away from bright, highly saturated colors or high contrast colors as either can create a sense of anxiety.

If you need help finding a property for your medical practice or having it designed in a way that will ensure the space can foster a calming atmosphere, be sure to get in contact with Boulevard Medical Properties today.