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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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