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Color and Health--Exploring the Connection

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the history and use of color and healing as well as the characteristics of color, types of color therapy, and guidelines for using color in healing environments.
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The use of color in healing has a long history. A fundamental aspect of environmental design, color has also been linked to physical, psychological, and social reactions in all of its uses. Color’s characteristics can influence how it is used in healing and what effects it might produce.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Explain the brief history of the use of color in healing.
  • Describe the characteristics of color.
  • Compare and contrast the two most common color systems.
  • Discuss the impact of color.
  • Identify the healing effects of color.
  • Describe the types of color therapy.
  • Explain guidelines for the use of color in healing environments.

We all have natural reactions to color. A clear blue sky can lift our spirits. A bouquet of sunflowers can make us feel optimistic. The green grass of a meadow can make us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A bright red car can make us feel adventurous, while a white room can leave us feeling unsettled. Our culturally learned associations and our individualized physiological and psychological makeup produce our emotional responses to color (Healthcare Design, 2011).

Color has a long history in the healing arts. Because color has been linked to psychological, physiological, and social reactions in all of us, health practitioners throughout the ages have attempted to create healing environments. These do not exist automatically, but they can be created in any setting. Creating a healing environment requires attention to specific design elements, including color and lighting. When choosing a color palette, for example, designers consider the characteristics of its potential users (such as their age, culture, gender, socioeconomic background, etc.), the type of activity that may be performed in the environment, the nature and character of light sources, the geographic location and climate of the space where color is used, and the size and shape of the space in which the color is used (Bosch et al., 2013; Coalition for Health Environments Research [CHER], 2004; Healthcare Design, 2011; Tofle, Schwarz, Yoon, & Max-Royale, 2004).

Although perceptual impressions of color have been demonstrated to affect an individual’s experiences and performance in certain environments, an extensive review of numerous research studies by the Coalition for Health Environments Research (CHER, 2004) found no direct one-to-one links between particular colors and health outcomes of people.

Despite the lack of reproducible direct links between color and health benefits, many individuals support the use of color therapy to treat a variety of health conditions, and the use of color in healing environments remains a powerful and valuable component of design. While many healthcare providers, designers, and practitioners question the connections between color and behavior, they suspect that color can be used as a psychotherapeutic aid and they continue to search for empirical research to support the use of various color guidelines in health care.

This course explores the use of color in healing and its future as an emerging therapy.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


Practice Level:


Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

September 01, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.