Emotional response to color and wall decoration of pediatric ward

  • Asawin Lanongkan Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University
  • Vorapat Inkarojrit Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University
Keywords: colors, decoration, emotion, emotional response, pediatric ward


The pediatric division in private hospital business is continuing to expand and a high competitiveness. Designing colors and decorative patterns on the walls in the pediatric ward is one technique that helps create a good atmosphere in affecting parents in making decisions to allow their pediatric for admission in the hospital. This research aims to study the influence of color characteristics and different decorative wall patterns in the environment of the pediatric ward. Independent variable is type consisted of 9 types of walls, which are five single color walls and four decorative patterned walls having different color tones and patterns. There are 64 people participated in the experiment where the methods of visual tests and questionnaires are used. The data analysis used in the study is analyzing the p-value that is less than 0.05 (p<0.05) and by ranking it using the t-test method. Results from the research indicate that the presence of colors and decorative patterns in the environment has a positive effect on the environment of the children’s patient room. The characteristics of colors and the different decorative patterns of the walls have a statistically significant effect on the mood (p<0.05). Emotional feelings towards the wall with a decorated blue color pattern provide the best feeling mostly related to comfort, cheerful, relaxation and contented, followed by the blue wall with the best effect on pleasant feelings. While the pink wall has the best effect on the beautiful feeling and the yellow decorative patterned walls have the best effect on the feeling of arousal as well as the blue walls. The blue decorative wall pattern has the best effect on the most sense of safety, while the blue wall has the best effect on the cleanliness. This research, concludes that the color characteristics and the decorative patterns of wall are essential factors in the design of the environment for the pediatric ward contributing to positive emotions while influencing parents in deciding to allow their pediatric to be hospitalized. For further research, other environmental factors such as lighting factors should be taken into consideration.


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