You’ve probably never given much consideration to the interior design of hospitals, but aesthetics in any building affect the mood and feelings of the occupants. The primary design concerns of hospitals should be about functionality and cleanliness. There is no need, however, to ignore the benefits a pleasant environment can have for both patients who are ill, visitors who are there to encourage their loved ones and those who are providing care. By providing warm and attractive surroundings, everyone’s level of stress can be diminished. A well maintained and appealing room decor can provide comfort and reassurance at a time when we need it most. Would you rather recover in an austere room with gray tile floors, white walls and nothing but medical equipment on the walls and around the room or a room with lovely wall color, interesting artwork and comfortable furnishings for friends and family who come to visit?
The interior design of hospital waiting rooms, nurses stations and passageways are of equal importance. Caregivers who have a pleasant environment to work in are generally more optimistic and upbeat than those who have gloomy surroundings. Also, some hospitals incorporate easy to follow lines into the decor to help visitors navigate hallways to more easily arrive at the correct location. Most hospital interiors have walls painted in calming colors such as blue and green. These colors make for a more restful environment than bright primary colors such as yellow or red. Many studies are beginning to confirm how therapeutic colors can be, especially in a medical facility. Providing a beautiful room design may not be as important as having the best medical equipment, but the therapeutic value of comfortable surroundings should never be underestimated, either.