Colour Schemes

When looking at the picture of Cassie’s Mom (below) we noted that the colour of her glasses was a rather stand out thing- this deep purple. Like Jon Klassen’s novel, we wanted to have a stand out colour of identification for Cassie’s Mom. However, like Klassen’s work, we didn’t want to make it too vibrant so that it would draw attention from the story.

12247767_10203832705258598_5201614446300640393_o.jpgCassie’s Mom- Delores or Dolly.

Thinking of the setting of our story it obviously a hospital, we decided to look into what colours would be used in the actual setting. When we think of hospitals we think cleanliness and sanitation. Their colours are often pale and pastel in scheme- to give a more optimistic look to those that are ill. These colour schemes are also used to colour code certain wards, for example when I was on work experience in Musgrave Park, all the Orthopedic wards were a purple in colour.

“I am inclined to think that the majority of cheerful cases is to be found among those who are not confined to one room, whatever they are suffering, and that the majority of depressed cases will be seen among those subjected to a long monotony of objects around them. A nervous frame really suffers as much from this as the digestive organs suffer from long monotony of diet. The effect on sickness of beautiful objects, on variety of objects and especially brilliancy of colours, is hardly to be appreciated. Such cravings are usually called the “fancies” of patients but these “fancies” are the most valuable indication of that which is necessary for their recovery. People say that the effect is only on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body too. Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form and colour and light, we do know this: that they have an actual and physical effect. Variety of form and brilliance of colour in the objects presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.”

I thought this quote by Florence Nightingale emphasized the point of bright colours in such environments.

e707ddf40bd7a8ebec7b5e717675efc2Colour schemes for a Childrens’ Ward. The colours are more vibrant and primary.(Pinterest, 2016).


More colour schemes- for a whole hospital. (, 2016). 

Cassie’s Mom told us that the room she was in was solely white, with no colours at all. However, for the opening scene- the establishing shot while she reads the book- we could imply these colours in the surroundings, like the bed and furniture.

Cassie suggested we look at the website Palleton for inspiration- it works with colours that you select to create a complementary scheme

.We experimented with some schemes, based off our main colours: the yellow of the bulb, the purple of the glasses.


Pinterest. (2016). color. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 Mar. 2016]. (2016). [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 Mar. 2016].





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