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LST Radiators: The impact of colour within hospital wards – Contour

  • 9 Oct 2020

Often overlooked, colour can have a huge impact on the hospital environment. Hospitals are known for their white interior, which now psychologically has a ‘clinical’ feel – Contour explain how the colour of LST radiators can have psychological impacts…

‘It’s pure science when we say colours are infused with healing power’ (Simour). Showcasing colour in hospitals can play a part in patients’ responses towards medical care and acute recovery.

Colour In Hospital Wards

Escaping this clinical feel, the hospital design should accommodate a comforting atmosphere, as well as a practical one, especially for patients who spend a considerable amount of time in a hospital – they should be able to feel at home.

A hospital stay is already a daunting experience for many individuals. Sleeping in unfamiliar spaces can be difficult, particularly if it does not feel welcoming or homely. 

As soon as patients walk into a hospital, they will instantly make a judgement on whether the hospital will provide them with the quality of care needed.

It is imagined that green shades provide a feeling of stability and harmony, whilst red can raise blood temperature and help those experiencing weakness or fatigue. 

Tones of orange can trigger mental activity, so orange is often avoided within psychological well-being settings. 

However, orange can stimulate appetite, which can help in the treatment of those with eating disorders. Also, the use of yellow can help in processing and intestinal movements.

In dementia wards, colour can sadly become a confusing experience for dementia patients. This uncertainty can happen with patients struggling to locate bathroom facilities.

Unable to differentiate between white LST radiators and other white facilities, such as toilets, there have been cases where white radiator covers have been used as urinals or toilets.

Colour In Children’s Wards

Children can often become frightened in unfamiliar places such as, hospitals. Therefore, colour psychology is important for the overall feeling of contentment for children.

Contour has previously installed green LST radiators that blended in with a children’s ward which was jungle themed.

This was to help elevate anxiety levels that may slow down children recovery rates so that the children felt secure and at home. 

The overall objective was to transform a cold clinical ward into a friendly and calming environment for children, whilst maintaining optimum hygiene levels with Contour’s BioCote® radiator coating.

RAL Chart

Working from a RAL chart, Contour can deliver almost any colour LST radiator, to match with your colour schemes.


Undoubtedly, colour can have profound effects on all walks of life within hospitals. Working from a RAL code and a RAL chart, Contour can provide you with LST radiators in a range of colours to suit your needs – both aesthetically and psychologically.

Contour understands the psychology of certain spaces. As part of its consultancy, whilst working alongside you, Contour can understand your needs to make appropriate colour recommendations.

Contour can be contacted at;
The Mansions
43 Broadway
TF11 8BB
Tel: 01952 290 498
Email: [email protected]

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