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Painting Your Veterinary Clinic: Colors to Consider

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Going to the vet is stressful on pets: being in a strange environment and picking up on the nervous vibes of other animals while in the vet's waiting room is not pleasant for any animal.
You can do your part to make your veterinary clinic more calming for pets by incorporating the right colors into your waiting area and examination or surgery rooms. Color works in animals much the same way it does with people, creating a sense of calm, energy, confidence, and serenity. To make your veterinary clinic more welcoming to your furry clients, ask your painter to incorporate the following colors in your clinic's interior.
Yellow 
Studies suggest that dogs aren't colorblind in seeing the world in only black and white. Dogs can also see other colors, such as yellow or blue. Cats can also see some colors.
Painting your waiting area a soft shade of yellow creates a playful, energetic atmosphere for pets. Since dogs and cats can both discern violet and yellow tones but not red or orange-based colors, stay away from orange-based yellows when painting your veterinary clinic.
Blue 
Blue is a universally calming color that is often used for pets that are naturally nervous in new environments. Consider painting exam rooms a light blue or a rich blue-gray color to bring a sense of serenity to the room. Pastel blue in particular is calming for pets and is often used in animal shelters to bring comfort to housed animals. Stick to blue colors that are black or gray-based rather than red.
Green 
Earthy shades of green, such as mint, sage, or a spring green, offer tranquility to a room. Since the color is inspired by nature, green is ideal for waiting areas for both pets and their human companions. Choose a soft green for the room to help center your patients and give their owners a sense of calm. It's just as important to create a calming atmosphere for pet owners as it is for your animal clients.
Brown 
Soft shades of brown, such as tan or sand, are comforting neutrals that won't overwhelm animal patients. Choose brown as an accent color for exam rooms to offset harsh white lighting or crisp white walls, or use brown as a solid color for an entire room.
Another reason to choose a soft tan instead of classic white or off-white for your veterinary practice is this: cats, in particular, can be frightened by pure white colors. Viewing anything white is like staring at a black light for cats, illuminating white rooms in a frightening way. To soften a room based around the way some pets see, stick to softer neutrals.
Violet 
Violet is a naturally calming, soothing color. The color is also easily recognized by many pets, including cats and dogs. The soft pastel purple is ideal for surgical rooms or as an accent wall in a waiting area to immediately put animals at ease when they enter your clinic.
Stay away from very dark shades of any color as too-rich color tones may frighten a pet and make them feel enclosed. Your painter will show you pastel and dusty versions of appropriate veterinary clinic colors to create a peaceful interior atmosphere in your practice.
It's helpful to study animal color therapy and psychology prior to designing a color scheme for your veterinary practice. This way, you'll know which colors will work best for your practice based on the type of animals you care for.
Painting your vet clinic the right colors improves the moods and dispositions of your animal patients and their owners. For quality painting both inside and outside your clinic, rely on our services at Elite Painting And Wall Covering. Call us for a consultation today.