From the Resene News – issue 1/2002
New kid in town - Epsom Obstetric Centre
A reflection of impending motherhood, the changes to the outside of the Auckland Obstetric Centre in Claude Road, Epsom are but a hint of the inner glow.
The exterior colour scheme was kept decidedly neutral to ensure the finished clinic would settle well into its environment. Being a large traditional building, owned by the Hospital, the calming exterior palette respects the age and station of the house. Like an expectant mother, the exterior gives the illusion of calmness.
In contrast, the interior colour scheme is literally bursting with colour. The specialist group working at the clinic wanted to create a fun atmosphere, avoiding the medical and hospital cliches of pale, insipid colours. As nervousness is common to most first time clients, the ability to deliver a reassuring, serene and healing environment via the colour scheme is of credit to the designer. The psychology of the colours in an environment such as an obstetric clinic is critical to both staff and patients.
Resene Revolver (dark grey purple), drawn from the clinic's logo, was used as the most powerful accent colour, while Resene Vesuvius (muddy orange) offers an explosion of fun in the waiting room, reflecting an essential part of this business - the children. Resene Lumbersider satin acrylic was used throughout the interior on all paperfaced plasterboard areas complemented by Resene Lusta-Glo semi-gloss enamel on timber joinery. An extensive palette of colours, including neutrals and balanced greens combined with punches of deep, calm blue-greens, complete the look. Greens, known for their ability to soothe the nerves, feature strongly throughout the interior. Service areas are deliberately painted lighter and fresher to reflect the medical side of the business.
The colour scheme has been eagerly accepted by staff and patients alike, with many colours finding their way into clients' hearts and homes.
Interior and Exterior Consultant: Prudence M Lane, Prudence Lane Design
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