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Recently I was flipping through one of my favorite design magazines—Elle Decor—and came across an interesting article about the set design of the movie Carol with Cate Blanchett.

The film tells the story about a complicated lesbian love affair during the repressed period of the early 1950’s.

What caught my interest was the explanation given by the superbly talented set designer, Judy Becker, on why she chose the green-yellow color palette for this motel room:


“Colors affects emotions. A yellow-green, like the one we used in the motel sequence in Carol, is a little disturbing.”

Um, yeah Judy.

The color in the room (along with the entire palette) does make me feel uneasy.

Why am I sharing this with you today?

I’ve sometimes noticed that some hospitals and other healthcare offices in this country have chosen an unfriendly greenish/yellow which can have the same affect on the body as the one Judy used in the set design of Carol.

And it’s bad for everyone. It’s bad for patients who are trying to heal… and it’s bad for your practice.

Here’s the science:

When you add a little black to yellow, you get this kind of sickly green which is reminiscent of vomit.


Quick, get me some sunglasses and a brown paper bag. 🙂

All kidding aside, what should you do instead?

Here’s my recommendation:

Always, and I mean always, select soothing colors for your walls, ceiling and for the entire design palette of your healing practice.

Here are a few examples of soothing healthcare spaces I’ve designed that both patients and practitioners love:

#1) My redesign of Marin Natural Medicine Clinic included the Infusion Bay where patients receive IV treatments for various health conditions.

Not-so-soothing green walls were repainted with calming Devine Reflection, and the ceiling painted a yummy, almost edible Devine Latte. (See image below.)


#2) The loft expansion of my client’s successful Veterinary practice included the build-out of her new office.

Benjamin Moore’s Inspired was selected for the walls to enhance the higher energy of the 6th and 7th chakras of the body, related to my client’s leadership position associated with Divine guidance. (See image below.)

Cheryl Janis Designs Mt Tabor-2

#3) My design for a new Naturopathic Physician’s practice takes into account every detail of the patient’s emotional and physical experience.

The healing space boasts tall ceilings painted with Benjamin Moore’s Tempest and the walls painted with Serena and Lily’s CAY.  (See image below.)


Of the 3 images, which space appeals to you most and why?

I’d love to know.

Yours In Health,

P.S. Please share this post with anyone you think may benefit. You never know when simple color support like this could help a doctor or wellness practitioner with an important decision about new paint colors for their practice.