An awareness of the interior design’s impact on patient health, and experience of the health system is growing. Blues and greens are popping up as favourites, and the best part is these colours are so versatile.
CALM AND NURTURING
We love the trend towards cool blues and nurturing greens paired with bright white spaces. And the best part of this trend? It can be incorporated in many fun ways, including:
- Feature walls
- Curtains and furnishings
A great example of using blues is Embryocare in Athens, Greece designed by Mab Architects. They use blue tinged lighting, cool blue fabric couches and pick up the trend on their built in reception desk. It feels nurturing, calm and professional, but absolutely contemporary.
BRIGHT AND FRESH
Traditional greens and dark blues are being replaced by fresher and brighter hues. The brightest colours are being used for kids spaces, giving interior designers a great opportunity to play with colour, shapes and space.
The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) Ward at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in UK, designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is a great example. The bench seats embedded into the wall are not only functional, but downright funky.
CONNECTING WITH NATURE
The beauty of green and blue hues is their connection with nature, and many hospitals and clinics are taking advantage of their natural spaces, or using interior design to create spaces that are inspired by them. We love this example from Perkins Eastman. They have done a great job of the lobby at Trillium Health Centre using blues and greens to create smaller spaces within a large light filled room and bringing plants inside to connect the inside to the outside.
But why stop at painting a wall when a whole wall of plants adds an explosion of green! This example is from Kathleen Kilgour Centre at Tauranga Hospital in New Zealand and designed by architecture firm Wingate + Farquhar. Not only have they used a green wall for a feature colour, but they have paired it with wood and stone to provide a nurturing, grounded space. Ah, we feel better already.