By: Amanda Medlen This past week I had an unfortunate turn of events that led me to an overnight stay in the ER. Oh! I should first say that I am completely fine and recouping quite well! Thanks! Without going into details I was very nervous about the situation and will admit was pretty scared once admitted. They ran all kinds of tests and procedures on me trying to figure out why I was experiencing the pain that I was and what my condition was. For being in a “scary” place and not knowing what was going on, there were several things that did help put my mind at ease. I did take notice of the warm colors and feeling within the space (even though it always seems to be pretty frigid in the hospital….but that’s what the warm blankets are for that are available upon request! 😉 ). Besides the finishes being warm, they also utilized a lot of pleasant artwork and images throughout the space that helped to brighten and lighten up the space. Lighting levels could have been improved as it seemed to be a bright fluorescent light or nothing but overall not too bad for an ER. The observations areas (for overnight stay) were much better in terms of lighting and noise. I must admit at times I didn’t think anyone else was around but me and my assigned nurse! This is just one small example and only a fraction of why Interior Design, as a profession, is so important. There are so many factors to consider, plan for and execute to make a space complete. Often times, people only think of the aesthetics and compliment of its beauty. That’s great but in its splendor, is it functional, safe, accessible, etc., etc. and so on….? What are some spaces that have made an impact on you?