Guidance aims to inspire the creation of empathetic spaces in healthcare environments
Tarkett's new Healthcare Design Guide features a number of suggestions for various environments, including this Biophilic Design pallete used for a reception area and featuring iQ Megalit White, iQ Megalit Beige, and Q Megalit Grey Beige tones
Following the strain felt by healthcare facilities due to the extreme pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tarkett has launched the Healthcare Design Guide (HCDG) to offer time-saving advice and tips on human-centric interior design.
Tarkett’s team of experts, with help from a colour specialist, created a unique guide following the results of Tarkett’s recent 70-page indepth white paper, The Hospital of the Future: Challenges and Stakes, which highlighted the need for fundamentally-human-centred design that is also environmentally responsible.
The white paper results echo Tarkett Human-Conscious Design initiative, which is the company’s pledge to stand with present and future generations by creating flooring that is good for people, and the planet.
The HCDG aims to make the design and colour selection for clients, from healthcare engineers to technical directors and architects, easier than ever before.
By offering inspirational colour palettes, and winning recipes for each project, including recommendations for Tarkett’s extensive range of innovative and sustainable flooring products, the guide saves time and illustrates how colour can influence spatial perception when it comes to depth, space, and size.
The coloured appearance of an environment is also a stimulus when it comes to human behaviour, arousing sensations and provoking emotions. Thus, it is important that each distinctive healthcare space, from reception to corridors, waiting rooms, inpatient, and outpatient care, is accurately represented to evoke the necessary feelings and response.
This Graphic Design pallete used for the a waiting room features Acczent Excellence 80 Uni Bright Orange , Acczent Excellence 80 Matrix 2 Bright Orange, Acczent Excellence 80 Long Modern Oak Natural, Acczent Excellence 80 Facet Orange, and ProtectWALL Tissé Warm Grey
Tarkett identified three design trends for healthcare, which are Biophilic Design - to connect humans and nature; Homely Design - to humanise hospitals; and Graphic Design - to create intuitive spaces.
Through identifying the trends, Tarkett presents several colour palettes to choose from to best fit within each trend, ensuring the creation of encouraging, safe, and reassuring environments that are conducive to wellbeing, healing, and health.
Valerie Pavard, design manager at Tarkett, said: “We understand the importance of creating a pleasant and appropriate environment for patients and staff.
“It is essential to facilitate wellbeing into design to improve the daily experience of all users and this can be achieved through the use of colour, which influences our emotions.
“Colour enables people to intuitively interpret and move between spaces, so not only is it important for walls, flooring, and general interiors, but also for signage and guiding shapes.”