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Design Tips: Choosing a Color Palette in Healthcare

Posted by Allen Parker on Mar 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM


A carefully selected color palette can do wonders for a healthcare facility, whether it’s the product of a new-build project, renovation, or just a bit of rejuvenation. But determining the artwork and wall colors that are best suited for a specific space should be done with plenty of consideration for not only facility type, but also the area/department being painted and the individuals who will be using it.



Freshly split wood drying in the sun. Shells half-buried in beach sand. The patina of leather. These warm neutrals coordinate with all of our senior care palettes, creating a foundation for more-saturated hues and varied finishes.

Strong neutral foundations enable communities to incorporate a range of finishes throughout a variety of interior spaces, while maintaining a harmonious design. Balancing warm and cool tones can help to create a sense of comfort.



Freshly Refined and elegant, cool neutrals are foundational in holistic hospital and clinic interiors. Drawing on natural elements such as steely granite, bright marble, and spring water running through a brook, these colors create a tonal balance that resonates with tailored beauty and a sense of calming timelessness.

A logical and color-coded way-finding system can reduce unnecessary stress on patients, family and staff. Neutral wall colors coordinated with more-statured accent colors work to differentiate between departments and common areas of hospital interiors.



Evocative of a favorite café or cozy neighborhood wine bar, this sophisticated palette is a favorite of seniors who crave spaces that reflect their culturally active lifestyles. It’s a rich, colorful medley particularly well suited to dining and lounge areas.

Autonomy and choices define today’s independent living and retirement communities. Seniors now expect to be physically, mentally and socially stimulated by their living environments.



Freshly baked bread. The beach at sunset. Here’s a broad, organic palette well suited to function as way-finding for assisted-living residents and their families. It also complements both traditional and transitional furniture.

Avoid pairing similar, cool tones. It’s often difficult for aging eyes to discriminate pale blue from pale greens. Wall colors should contrast with floorcovering, as well with elements on the wall such as a handrail.



Taking into consideration the special needs of memory care facilities, this lively, rousing palette is carefully designed to help aging eyes “see” better. With a balance of warm and cool tones, these saturated colors can highlight the location of certain rooms or lead people along a “wander path.”

Colors often look muted as the eye ages. Using more varied, brighter colors help residents to distinguish between spaces and find their way around.

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