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The Science of Design for Well-being: How Healthcare Environments Can Improve Patient, Staff, and Visitor Experience


Research has shown that the design of healthcare spaces can have a significant impact on the well-being of patients, staff, and visitors. By carefully selecting elements such as colours and products, healthcare design can promote faster recovery, enhance visitor encounters, and improve staff efficiency. Therefore, prioritising the well-being of patients, staff, and visitors should be the main focus of healthcare design.





Inspired by nature's colours

Our calming colour palette draws inspiration from nature, from vibrant seascapes to tranquil woodlands. By incorporating soothing blues and greens into institutional settings, we can create a calming environment that offers respite to patients, visitors, and staff. This colour scheme fosters relaxation and accelerates recuperation, improving the overall healing experience.



Balance in healing spaces

The art of balance is key in therapeutic settings. By using a vertical partition featuring a pastel blue and Dulux Trade Colour of the Year 2024, Sweet EmbraceTM, we can create a harmonious atmosphere. This combination of colours invokes serenity and clarity, providing comfort to patients seeking solace.



Creating serenity in recovery zones

Our calming colour palette can help create spaces of repose where patients, visitors, and staff can find solace. By combining Sweet EmbraceTM with a coastal blue strip, we can invoke a tranquil environment that fosters restoration and relaxation within the hospital. This fusion not only creates a calming atmosphere but also adds visual interest to the space.



A peaceful waiting area

By using forest greens and organic textures, we can create a waiting room that promotes healing even before treatment begins. This colour palette fosters a connection to nature, which has been proven to alleviate stress. The result is an environment that promotes healing and well-being.


A passage to tranquility

The Dulux Trade Colour of the Year 2024, Sweet EmbraceTM, is the summation of calm tones. By incorporating it into the ceiling of an interior space, we can amplify the natural light and create a warm and inviting environment. This delicate touch balances modern industrial aesthetics, infusing the space with a gentle radiance.


In conclusion, thoughtful design and serene colours can work together to promote well-being in healthcare environments. By harmonising aesthetics and healing, we can create spaces where comfort, restoration, and connection flourish.





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Colour of the year 2024 Sweet Embrace


A gentle blossom pink that is welcoming and brings a sense of peace and softness to a space. Our Colour of the Year can bring a sense of stability, calm and friendliness to living and working spaces. It’s a delicate shade that changes tone with the light but that always brings warmth to a space. As well as being a subtle and sophisticated stand-alone shade, our Colour of the Year also provides a solid foundation for a wealth of other shades. We’ve built each of our three very different palettes around it and it brings a different personality to each of them.





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