Morag Myerscough, or when the colors go to the hospital

The color of the walls is much more important than it seems. Morag Myerscoughhad to meet strict clinical regulations to bring her bright colours and harlequin prints to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital walls.

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British designer Morag Myerscough was invited by Artfelt, the Children’s Hospital Charity’s arts programme, to design 46 en-suite bedrooms and six multi-occupancy suites for a new wing of the hospital. The objective was to make the rooms feel more comfortable and domestic.

Although children’s rooms might seem perfectly suited to Myerscough’s colourful, graphic style, the design process was not straightforward.
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Myerscough gave some of the rooms a paler colour scheme to suit children with autism or others who have an intolerance to bright patterns. She also wanted the rooms to feel appropriate to older children.

“Although the rooms are for children, I didn’t want them to be childish because children of all different age groups will be staying in them,” said Myerscough.

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“I also wanted to create somewhere parents would be happy to spend time too. It was just about making a bedroom that you felt good to be in.”

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In addition, the hospital environment required that everything be sterile and easy to clean, so Myerscough had to work entirely with plastic laminate.

Besides the colours and patterns, a defining feature of the space is its relative lack of medical equipment. A lot of the cables and devices are stored behind the Formica panels, giving the space a more home-like feel.
It’s a great job for both kids and parents!