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Door colours should be stronger than other accent colours


‘Research shows the way people interact and engage with a healthcare building can be directly affected by the colour and design of the space’


Creating colour schemes with patients in mind


Well-chosen decor can contribute positively to the creation of an environment in which patients can feel comfortable and at ease. Certain highly reputable paint manufacturing companies


and brands will be able to provide you with access to commercial colour consultants to design colour schemes specifically aimed at a healthcare environment. It’s important to bear in mind three types of spaces, based on


their requirements and constraints: public areas, patient accommodation and treatment rooms and offer specific specifier guidance for each one. Generally speaking, there will be a neutral colour used for


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Colour differences help visually impaired people find their way round


the majority of wall surfaces, flowing throughout the area. This should be complemented by accent colours or stronger


shades, used to create visual interest, with door colours being stronger still. These colour differences are important not only for patient


and staff wellbeing but also help to create the necessary level of colour contrast to help visually impaired people find their way around, as required by the Equality Act 2010 Guidelines.


Architects’ resources


As a professionals specifying products and colours for the healthcare industry, there are several tools you should make the best of:


•Mobile and tablet apps that allow you to visualise different colour options on the wall in real time.


•Partnership schemes, which allow you to find vetted professionals to collaborate with. For example, a free-to-use website www.contractpartnership.co.uk allows architects to search for high quality contractors based on location, project size, skills and accreditations and to compare contractors without commitment.


•Paint specification tools, which you can use as a quick reference guide or to help build an in-depth specification document for tenders. For example, some tools will allow you to search, filter and select the right paint for a project and the relevant clauses will be automatically incorporated.


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Last but not least, always choose a respectable paint and coat- ings company as you’ll have access to a range of professionals and colour consultants with expertise specifically in healthcare to help you select the correct products for the job.


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