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This Design Technique is Providing Comfort to Sick Children

Children’s hospitals are meant to be places that are filled with calmness and reassurance for those who are faced with the harsh reality of childhood illness, giving them hope and a positive vibe, which has shown to improve recuperation. It has been discovered that a certain design technique, which incorporates appropriate integration of lighting, color and warm texture, goes a long way to offering an atmosphere that is comfortable for both patients and their loved ones as they proceed to understand the complications they face. With that in mind, designers of health care facilities are working to create such calming and comfy environments as a way to comfort and reassure the patients within the walls of their hospitals.

These design techniques can also be incorporated to help visitors and patients alike find their way around particular hospital spaces, as well as stir the general perception of color in the young minds of children as they complete their treatment. For a more detailed illustration of the best way to integrate colors in just the right way, below are two examples of hospitals that employ this design technique.

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, N.Y.

This facility is a nursing institution for all minor patients, and mostly for those who lack communicative capabilities and mobility. They also admit the visually-impaired, which is why the use of the trio combination of color, texture and lighting are the main center of focus in the overall design space. David Hutchinson, AIA and associate principal at Perkins Eastman, coordinated the entire design of the center using just the right color manipulation, offering every space therapeutic effects, normally what is referred to as color theory.  

This was all aimed at helping children who were receiving treatment associate easily and communicate well with their environment. Ideally, he combined the subtle touch of yellow on the floors of the facility where the babies stayed, while a violet hue was incorporated on the floors of all the older children. The rest of the design (floors, elevators and ceilings) of the center incorporated all the colors of the spectrum.  

Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton, Ohio

Here, the entirety of the design is an inspiration from the history of the city, which majorly reflects on all of its aerospace and invention. Basically, incorporation of lively colors with colorful iconography is what lays a base for the concept work. A look inside the tower shows a clear color concept on the floors, mostly the ones adjoining different buildings, in a bid to maintain a certain desired consistency. As one ascends, the rest of the building spaces have color patterns and flight symbols (hot air balloons and airplanes) of green and purple color. That particular color combo also plays a part in helping visitors and patients find their way around, mostly for those who have color blindness associated with red and green.  

As you can see, this design technique is highly incorporated in the children’s hospitals. These are just a few of the many facilities across the country that have incorporated these design aspects into their interior decorating.

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Ideas for Small Bathrooms

If you live in the city, in a smaller house, or your house just happens to have a small bathroom, you may find it difficult to come up with ways to upgrade it and make it look nicer or more modern. It would be helpful to know how to make small bathrooms comfortable, beautiful, and useful despite the small size. Try these ideas from Rogers Builders to make your bathroom seem bigger and better. Saving space, using the right colors, and utilizing certain lighting with just a few clever designs ideas can help you achieve the look you’re going for.

Sometime in the morning, more than one person may be needing to use the sink to get ready for work or school. Most people opt to build two sinks to sort out this issue. Small bathrooms sometimes may not have the space to accommodate two sinks. The smart compromise is building one long sink with two faucets. This enable two people to use the one sink at the same time while utilizing less space than two sinks.

Towel racks are a big part of the bathroom and should be installed so that it is conveniently placed and saves on wall space. Towel bars can be installed on the washstand to prevent having the bars hung in inconvenient areas of the bathroom.

Furniture in the bathroom makes a tremendous difference in determining how your bathroom looks. Ensure that every piece of furniture in the bathroom has a function and does not take up unnecessary space. Big cabinets are not recommended as they would look too bulky in a smaller bathroom. Open shelving or floating shelves make storage fashionable, while wooden crates drilled into the wall, can be used instead of large furniture. Open shelves allow you to display the colorful towels and bathrobes making the bathroom feel more open.

Bright colors add warmth to anything. The play of colors and light in the bathroom can transform it from a sullen space, to a place that gets you amped and ready for the day. The colors should add depth to the bathroom and show creativity. Ensure that the flow of light is not interrupted by anything in the bathroom. The line of sight being clear makes the room appear larger while beautiful colors bring life into the bathroom. It is however important that you do not overwhelm the room, let everything; from the tiles to the walls, blend together.

The bathroom should be a place to prepare for a new day and unwind after a long busy day. You should make sure that it is a place you look forward to going by making it beautiful and full of warmth. If you have a small bathroom and you would like to try some of these ideas, contact Rogers Builders today to get the renovations done quickly and professionally.