Colours in public spaces are often sterile and uninspiring. Schools, hospitals, psychiatric institutions and employment offices all often use colours that may have counter-productive properties. As a rule of thumb, white or grey walls are not really suitable in psychiatric institutions, dementia villages, schools, offices and hospitals as other colours are.

By contrast, the targeted and effective use of colour in institutions fosters a friendlier and safer environment that facilitates learning and can speed up convalescence.

When deciding on colours in institutions, for optimal results the work is usually carried out in close cooperation with users, the architect, developer, municipality or other stakeholders.