Behavioral Health Furniture and the Impact of Color

01 Aug 2019  |  by marcusjones

Behavioral Health Furniture and the Impact of Color

Understanding our Surroundings

Our everyday surroundings have a huge impact on our mood, culminating in changes to our general demeanor and our behavior – a result that can be significantly magnified for those affected by behavioral health. As many of the aspects that make up our environment are things we can’t change, this highlights the importance of those we can; like the color of behavioral health furniture.

Using Color to Influence Behavior

As color is one factor we can change, finding out how and where we can incorporate certain colors using healthcare furniture to reduce challenging behavior is a lesson worth learning.

Managing stress: stress can very easily get on top of us, so creating nurturing spaces that promote relaxation is a stride towards minimizing aggravated behavior. Reduced stress levels can signal improvements in other aspects of our lifestyle too, such as higher quality sleep, which also have an undoubted impact on how we behave. Incorporating natural blue/gray tones or calming shades of green in areas of rest and recuperation, like bedrooms, is a step in the right direction.

Being active: exercise helps support a healthy body and mind but it can be difficult to feel motivated for some people in mental health facilities, leading to pent up energy and increased agitation. Using vibrant hues that can have a motivational impact, like stimulating oranges or energizing yellows, can give that extra impetus when it comes to being more active. Utilizing these colors in outdoor settings can encourage higher levels of activity which result in a positive outlet for excess energy.

Improving social connection: interaction with others is another key element in mental health, so creating spaces people want to spend time in will likely lead to more meaningful communication and relationships – resulting in increased levels of happiness and positive behavior. Purple is a good color to use in communal spaces as it is believed to symbolize spirituality and creativity so including this in lounge areas can work well.

All of these components are linked so using a clever combination of colors in behavioral furniture throughout facilities is key to creating the intended mood and helping improve issues of challenging behavior.

Nurturing Rehabilitation

By speaking to staff and patients, we have been able to provide solutions through fabrics and finishes that aim to improve furniture for challenging environments. Our Ryno palette, for example, is balanced between soothing neutrals, light mid-tones and vibrant accents to support both relaxation and stimulation, all while nurturing those who use behavioral health facilities.

If finding the right color combinations for your space can create an environment that fosters positivity and rehabilitation, leading to positive behavior and outcomes for everyone concerned, then it is surely a decision that is worth serious thought.