Colors have a great influence on human behavior, everybody knows that nowadays. Particular surrounding colors have particular effects upon our moods and emotions. It has been scientifically proven. We are more aggressive or, on the contrary, calmer, depending on the colors around us. The phenomenon has been equally fascinating for different categories of audience, from psychologists to interior designers.
Should we wonder then that specialists have to be so careful when choosing color paints? They got to choose from a large specter of colors and awesome ideas, but they also have to consider the suitability of their project. We can’t expect a hospital room to look like a living-room in a modern private residence. It could be confusing for the patients: red painted walls? What happened to the white, green or blue ones?
Hospitalssuch imposing and intimidating places! And, at one point, each of us has been there. Patients or visitors, we must have had by now the experience of their strong presence. And yet, being inside, isn’t there a sense of calm and peacefulness? How is it possible? If we look more attentively, we will see that the answer is around us: on the walls and the colors in which they were painted.
In a hospital, we are used to seeing walls painted in colors such as white, green and blue. Since they all have beneficial psychological effects, the choice doesn’t seem at all inappropriate.
White is by far the most common sight on a hospital. Providing a peaceful and calm mood, it also suggests cleanness. For those in search of an emotional balance, white is again the right choice. It makes patients feel reassured as it is associated with a sterile, germs-free environment. Doctors and nurses are sending the same messages when dressed in their white uniforms.
Blue and green are two cool colors. They are associated with relaxation and freshness, peaceful atmosphere and concentration. In a variety of fields, from interior design, psychology and even feng-shui, shades of blues and greens are agreed upon as making us feel calmer, more balanced and less emotional. Green has a calming effect on our nerves, thus hospital waiting rooms and even psychiatric wards are covered in this color. Surgeons wear green scrubs for the same reason. What about blue? In many cases it has been reported that children in pain are held in hospital rooms painted in light blue. Why? Because of the healing effect blue is said to have.
Before everything else, the general atmosphere in a hospital must make us feel calm and reassured. At the beginning, we might not know how professional the staff is. But we will all look for visible signs to tell us that we will be looked after. And the hospital’s walls, white, green or blue, provide that first impression.