When walking into a healthcare environment what is it that strikes you first? What do your senses evaluate as you make your way to the reception or waiting area?
Are the walls blank and lights harsh?
To most people first impressions say a lot about the care they perceive they will get. Institutional colors and windowless waiting rooms don’t convey care and healing.
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Current studies indicate that healthcare providers can enhance their space and use it as part of their healing efforts by incorporating softer design elements. This creates a feeling of wellness and the perception of quality care.
The healing process has a place for both high tech and a calming human factor. Natural lighting, non canned music, plants and the introduction of quality, aesthetically pleasing photographic prints diminish the clinical feeling. In the Art of Feng Shui, nature images actually can aid the healing process with less stress.
Healing tones of nature can captivate and ease one into a state of relaxation. Familiar scenes like non representational landscapes and floral displays create a soothing ambiance. This in turn has a significant impact to one’s response to medical procedures. Nature prints can slow the heart rate and blood pressure reducing anxiety and tension levels.
Red Proteas 11x17 print
Using nature imagery as a focal point can make someone feel that time passes more quickly as they get lost in the visual presentation. Positive distractions such as waterfalls, creeks and rivers tend to be positive and reduce muscle tension as viewers drift away into new settings.
Other soft images like rolling landscapes and garden settings that use healing colors and earth tones are also a good source to captivate one’s attention.
In the psychology of color use and the Art of Feng Shui healing the following guide is a suggestion in determining what to display to create a healing atmosphere.
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Pink is the color of healing. It is associated with a sense of self-awareness.
Orange can induce tranquility and calmness.
Purple supports mental and physical healing. It has a meditative disposition.
A color associated with insight and joy is Yellow. This bright color can help lift your mood and enhance a feeling of well being, like the effect of a sunny day.
White promotes love and relationships. It is associated with purity and confidence. Used with gold and silver it generates feelings of calmness. Since white blends with all colors it promotes harmony.
Large uninterrupted areas of white can impart feelings of sterility and starkness. It should be used with caution.
Blue is another calm and soothing color that reflects love and aids in bringing about healing and relaxation. Blue encourages feelings of trust and peace. Blue can promote a mindful, meditative state.
A restful color that supports balance, relief of pain and healing is Green. It can aid in relieving tension and lower blood pressure generating a sense of warmth. All the many shades of green in nature represent regeneration and harmony on an emotional level.
In addition to green, Brown is the most soothing color of nature. Brown evokes a sense of security.
Commonly, abstract images that have sharp angles or make use of intense glaring colors are not very useful for healing practice. Some people can become agitated or confused having to interpret such a photograph. It can create a sense of anxiety for them.
Fine art nature photography can present a very positive energy distraction when displayed in healing environments.
This theme of incorporating nature indoors through photography supports a comfortable ambience not just in health care facilities but also in your home, work place, conference rooms and public spaces in general.
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