Washbasin and tap with red contrasting colours for dementia patients


Bathroom color concept: For safe and inviting sanitary areas

How does the artful fusion of aesthetics and functionality succeed in the sanitary area? We will show you how you can use colors to influence your mood and promote a healing environment and orientation.

Interior design with color in the bathroom

Colors have a strong psychological effect on us. Warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow can convey energy and warmth, and cool colors such as blue and green have a calming and relaxing effect. In the bathroom, it is important to find the right balance between these color tones in order to create a harmonious and pleasant atmosphere. Used in a targeted manner, these colors can have even more effects.

A well thought-out color concept can help to improve the appearance of a bathroom. Light colors make small bathrooms appear larger and more open, while dark colors can create a luxurious and elegant atmosphere. Choosing the right colors and materials can also help to make the bathroom cleaner and easier to maintain by making it easier to use. This is particularly important for public or highly frequented sanitary facilities.

Healing architecture: Therapeutic color concepts for special requirements

Colors play a particularly important role in the sanitary facilities of hospitals and care facilities for people with dementia and other conditions. A therapeutic color concept can make it easier for residents to find their way around and thus improve their well-being. This planning approach is also known as healing architecture. How can colors in the bathroom have a healing effect?

The careful selection of warm and soothing shades such as pastel blue, soft green, and delicate pink create a relaxing atmosphere and can thus reduce anxiety. Contrasting colors are also important. Bright red or vivid yellow are ideal for clearly marking important areas on toilets or grab rails and making orientation easier. Such striking colors help residents to better recognize and distinguish the different functions of the sanitary facilities. This, in turn, promotes their sense of security and independence. Together with the right lighting, including indirect lighting and daylight simulation, therapeutic color concepts help to create an environment that sustainably improves well-being and quality of life.

Bathroom equipped with products in a contrasting red colour for dementia patients

Design in public sanitary facilities

The design of public sanitary facilities is no longer limited to robustness and functionality. Aesthetically pleasing sanitary facilities contribute to the positive appearance of a facility and have a direct influence on the satisfaction and well-being of users.

The targeted design of sanitary facilities in hotels, restaurants, stores, and public facilities is increasingly being seen as an opportunity to impress visitors and *improve* one’s own image. In this way, operators set a positive example for the quality and service of their facility.

Here too, color-accentuated toilets, washbasins, and support rails identify important areas and functions. This facilitates orientation and increases the safety of the diverse clientèle. In these facilities, this ranges from the very young to the very old – both with and without physical limitations. This not only takes aesthetic aspects into account but also meets practical requirements in order to ensure the optimum use of the sanitary facilities.

Bathroom color concept: Five practical tips for implementation

When implementing a color concept in the bathroom, there are a few points to bear in mind. Here are the five most important ones:

  1. Knowledge of color psychology: Understand the psychological effects of different colors on users. Also take cultural differences and individual preferences into account.
  2. Target group orientation: Adapt the color concept to the needs and preferences of the target group. In a kindergarten, for example, bright, friendly colors can create a positive and inviting atmosphere. In a care home for dementia patients, on the other hand, white in combination with high-contrast colors can make orientation easier.
  3. Consideration of the interior design: Think about how colors interact with other design elements such as lighting, furniture, and materials. A well thought-through combination can enhance the desired effect and make the room appear harmonious.
  4. Practical aspects: Pay attention to the practical applicability of the color concept. For example, use hard-wearing paints that are easy to clean, especially in high-traffic areas such as sanitary rooms.
  5. Test and adapt: Carry out tests before the final implementation and make adjustments if necessary. User feedback can provide valuable information for optimizing the color concept and achieving the desired goals.



The 477/801 range from HEWI is a design icon for bathroom color concepts that has been reissued with exciting color combinations: Be iconic. Be colorful. This is the concept behind the 477/801 range and brings emotion and color into the bathroom. With the targeted use of color, the newly designed products in the series can greatly influence the room. In harmony with other color designs, they promote recovery processes and provide orientation. This creates a relaxing and stress-free environment.


The color concept in the bathroom has a decisive influence on the atmosphere, orientation, and functionality. Color concepts promote well-being and create a safe environment for those with special needs. With practical tips for implementation and the presentation of an innovative product range, we would like to inspire you to transform the bathrooms of your customers into an inviting and healing refuge. Be iconic, be colorful – and create an environment that evokes emotions.

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