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Healing colours

by Ofentse Sefolo
Healing colours

In 2018, Acuman Architects & Project Managers together with floor designer Claude Kraemer specified FloorworX Sarlon Tech for renovations in all the wards, offices and passages in the ZAH paediatric ward.

There are a number of reasons why Sarlon Tech was used for this project, including its acoustic benefits, stain resistance, abrasion resistance, and its dense structure which offers exceptional resistance to indentation. The product also has a reinforced polyurethane and pure PVC wear layer with mineral embossing, which gives it excellent scratch and scuff resistance. The dense foam backing not only provides warmth and comfort underfoot, it is also an excellent sound insulator with a rating of 15dB. The OVERCLEAN XL protective surface treatment eradicates the need for sprayed refurbishment – throughout its service life.

In the book entitled Colour Me Beautiful, author Carol Jackson writes that chromo therapy can be used to enhance one’s mind and spirit. By using 12 colours in the Sarlon Tech floor range, the concept “colour can heal” is further explored.

Flooring Dimensions installed 406m² of Sarlon Tech Crystal, Code Zero, Frequency, Canyon and Zebrano in order to bring peace, joy and vitality to the paediatric ward. The following healing colours were used at ZAH:

1. Blue
Blue is an important healing colour as it is linked to calmness and serenity. Blue is relaxing for the mind and body.

2. Orange
According to colour healing therapy, orange is one of the best colours for hospitals, and particularly for children’s rooms. Orange radiates warmth and is associated with joy and happiness.

3. Yellow
This bright and cheerful colour can help stimulate intelligence and also detoxify the body and mind to heal patients quickly. Yellow can inspire creativity when you feel lethargic.

4. Green
The colour green is a restful colour that symbolises growth and renewal. It also encourages comfort and equilibrium and is particularly beneficial for the heart, lungs and circulatory system.

5. Pink
Pink shows caring and affection. It is a protective and compassionate colour that heals and soothes. This light-hearted colour can stimulate happiness.

6. Purple
Health-wise, both, purple and violet, as well as their related shades like lilac and lavender, are associated with the cerebral and nervous systems.

7. Red
The colour red stimulates energy and is therefore used only moderately in hospitals. At home, this colour can be used to stimulate appetite in weak patients.

Bright and cheerful colours can help keep little ones calm and relieve stress in both young patients as well as their caregivers and parents.

There is a lot of scientific evidence that shows how colour can heal and FloorworX is proud to be associated with this hospital installation. ZAH was voted one of the Top 20 Hospitals in South Africa in the 2017 Discovery Health Patient Experience Survey.

For more information, contact FloorworX on Tel: +27 (11) 406 4024 or via www.floorworx.co.za.

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