The Application of Color in Healthcare Settings

“I shall never forget the rapture of fever patients over a bunch of bright-colored flowers…People say the effect is only on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too.”  --Florence Nightingale

Despite an abundance of resources investigating color, an extensive literature review has concluded there is insufficient evidence to assert that specific colors can evoke a certain mood or impact health outcomes.  Yet, this does not mean the vanilla interiors so often found in clinical and institutional settings should endure.  Color is an important component of a designer’s tool kit, and its careful application contributes greatly to the experience of space.  Learn more about applying color to healing spaces in this paper co-authored by Rosalyn Cama and published by The Center for Health Design.

The Application of Color in Healthcare Settings.  By Sheila J. Bosch, Rosalyn Cama, Eve Edelstein, and Jain Malkin.  Published by the Center for Health Design.


Life Indoors is an ongoing series of papers exploring how the built environment impacts health and wellbeing. Contact for more information.