Pediatric Trends in Healthcare Design

With today’s range of pediatric patients and the loved ones that accompany them to medical facilities, healthcare designers have shifted from the cold, drab design styles and elements to designing for all who walk through the doors.

“There’s been a real change from the time when health care environments for kids were just primary colors because people thought that’s what pediatric design was about. There’s been a movement away from that approach. Certainly, there’s still color, but it’s much more restrained, with pops of color, child-friendly features, and more emphasis on natural materials. This quieter aesthetic keeps families less stressed and helps calm the child,” says Kimberly Stanley, senior principal, and health sector leader, EYP Atlanta.

Designers of today are also starting to investigate evidence-based design when designing for pediatric care. From leveraging technology, providing in-room Wi-Fi for parent(s) to be able to continue working away from the office, to advocating for health and wellness. Pediatric environments have shifted to be more inclusive to everyone involved with pediatric patient care.

In addition, designers are creating spaces for more than sick pediatric care, but areas for members of the community to come and be involved with their healthcare journey. These areas include demonstration kitchens, yoga studios, and outdoor spaces with teaching gardens to bring awareness and information to the forefront of health.

As we navigate this new world post-pandemic, the core trend has remained: healthcare designers bringing a passionate drive to incorporating design elements and choices for the project occupants to feel welcome, restful, and calm.

Photo: WellStar Health Learning Academy

Sources: Beyond Primary Colors: Eight Trends in Pediatric Healthcare Design | EYP (

Written by Amber Wozniak