How to Select Colours for Health Care Design

Updated: May 1

When we imagine hospitals, lots of unhappy faces suffering from various diseases come to our minds. Attention needs to be paid when designing and selecting colors for hospitals and health clinics because colors impact a person’s psychology in a significant manner and these can really bring cheer to the space. Here is a brief guide to color selection, what they symbolize, where they can be used, and which particular color should be avoided in a particular area.

Yellow :

Yellow symbolizes the Sun and stands for warmth & energy. It can be used in pediatrician clinics and children’s play areas with other colors (like red, blue, and green). One should avoid using it excessively, as it can raise the feeling of irritation, frustration and anger. According to a study, too much yellow can make newborn babies cry. So better not to use it in NICUs ( Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Moreover, doctors can find it difficult to examine a patient with jaundice in a yellow room.



Red can increase blood pressure, heartbeat, and respiratory rate, so it must be avoided in cardiac units. Red should also be avoided in neurologic clinics where people suffering from stress and depression come for consultation and treatment. However, it is better for cafeteria and canteens, as it is considered good for appetite.