Healthcare Design and Colour Psychology Maninder Kaur

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Role of Colours in Design

Colours play a crucial role in our daily lives. We perceive them with the help of our visual senses. Architecture, being related to visual imagery, has an explicit relationship with colours. Different kinds of spaces in the built environment employ pertinent colours dictated by a theme, the typology of space, the psyche of the end-users, cultural influences, and other factors.

For architects and designers, the function of colours goes far from being a device for decoration. Instead, colours set the personality and mood of the users, acting as a tool to interact with their sensory perception, hence manifesting as an active device of visual communication.

Colours in Healthcare Spaces - How it affects different user groups

Healthcare spaces such as hospitals, clinics and wellness centres are sensitive spaces that cater to the ailing and sick. Patients’ caregivers also require a productive environment conducive to favourable conditions and a positive environment that facilitates emotional and mental well-being.

Colour is a significant catalyst in steering the patients' experience and recovery rates, while enhancing the caregiver's efficiency and visitor’s experience. To enable such environments, ‘Healing Colours’ can accelerate recovery through psychological means. As healthcare architects, we experimented with a colour palette that employs ‘Healing Colours’ or ‘Earth Colours’ in the project Max Super Speciality Hospital in Vaishali. In this palette, neutral and calming colours such as whites and light browns have been used to imbue a soothing effect on the residents and visitors. Similarly, in the Yashoda Super Speciality Hospital, Kaushambi, we picked whites, greys and light browns to radiate a healing effect.