There is almost no secret anymore that human behavior is heavily influenced by colors. Scientific studies have shown that our emotions and our mood are affected when we are surrounded by particular colors. Some make us more aggressive, while others have a calming effect on us. From psychologists to interior designers, everyone seems fascinated with the phenomenon.
It’s no wonder then that when it comes to paints, specialists are extremely careful to make the right choice. Since your ideas emerge as colors do, in a wide variety, ultimately the only thing you have to consider is the appropriateness of your vision. For example, a hospital room would not be painted in the same tones as the living room of a private residence. Patients would find it difficult to cope with some walls painted red instead of the usual white, green or blue.
We can all be in touch, in one way or another, with the imposing and intimidating places that hospitals are. Whether as patients or visitors, we are certainly overwhelmed by their presence. But, once inside, hospitals have this enormous power to convey a sense of calm and peace. How do they manage to do that? It’s easy to find the answer just by taking a quick look at the walls and noting the colors in which they are painted.
Hospital walls are often covered in colors like white, green, and blue. There is an explanation behind these choices and it has to do with the psychological effects that these colors have.
White is the most common color seen on a hospital wall. And that’s due to the peaceful and calm mood it provides. Another reason to choose it is the fact that it denotes cleanliness. It implies sterility, which has the effect of making patients feel calm. This is also the reason why doctors and nurses wear white uniforms.
Blue and green are considered to be the most relaxing and refreshing colors, promoting a peaceful atmosphere that encourages concentration. Designers, psychologists, and feng-shui experts all tend to consider shades of blues and greens to make us feel calm, more balanced, and less emotional. Because green has a calming effect on our nerves, waiting rooms in hospitals and even psychiatric wards are painted this color. And surgeons wear green uniforms for the same reason. As for blue, it has often been noted that children in pain are placed in hospital rooms painted light blue due to the healing effect it transmits.
When entering a hospital, the general environment should make us feel calm and collected. Before knowing anything about the professionalism of the staff, our concerned gaze will look for visible signs that we will be well received. And the walls of the hospital, whether they are white, green or blue, are our first impression.