Painting a healthcare facility requires a bit more thought that the average commercial painting job. Here are two important things to consider:
1. PAINTS AND THEIR SAFETY
For many years lead paint has been used in houses, businesses and yes, hospitals and doctors’ surgeries too. Those lead paints have (thankfully) been gradually phased out since the and thankfully paint technology has come along since then and nowadays we have lots of options.
Today there are paints that are not only lead-free and odour-free, there are also certain paints which will assist in:
- Preventing and even killing bacteria,
- Making cleaning easier, and
- Help maintain sterility within patient rooms and corridors.
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOUR
The key to painting any Healthcare facility is too look at what the space is being used for and being mindful of that before you can begin the colour selection process. These are the findings of colour experts and specialists.
Interior colours for a Child-oriented specialists would be very different than a Geriatric facility. Neutral coloured walls can be brightened up with very engaging and colourful murals that little ones can draw and interact with.
Dentist clinics – have you noticed how dentist’s clinics, have changed over the years? Lying in the dentist chair filled with fear of what was coming, you are now surrounded with restful warm coloured walls often with an amazing mural on the ceiling to take your mind to another level!
In Geriatric Healthcare facilities it is advised not to have similar toned walls and floors. The elderly find it hard to see where one surface ends and the next begins. Contrasting colours are needed between the walls and floors, steps and landings. Colour can also aid residents who are experiencing decreasing vision or stimulate patients with decreasing memory
For Dementia Health Facilities, experts believe in using colours to identify common areas and influence the mood of residents in a space. Rose-coloured violets paired with soft but vibrant yellows in a kitchen, will encourage activity and appetite. For common sitting areas or patient rooms, powder blues teamed with milky cream colours will enhance peacefulness.
Hospital environments in the past sometimes have appeared sterile, stark and a little unfriendly. We now know interior colour schemes in hospitals can affect how patients feel and heal. These days deep greens and blues are being replaced with more earthy colours from the great outdoors, including much softer and calming water blue shades and lighter refreshing grass greens. Psychologists assure us these softer hues in hospitals make us more balanced and less emotional. White is also common colour used in hospitals walls, again this is due to the peaceful mood it provides along with the fact that it also implies cleanness. Other colours being used, particularly in intensive care, are soft pinks and golden brown, which promotes a strong statement which matches the high-level service provided in the facility.
Changes are ongoing in large hospitals, one of those important changes is the way colour is being used is for wayfinding. Choosing appropriate colours that are associated with an area of the hospital definitely assists visitors, patients and medical staff to find their way from Point A to Point B.