Whether you run a dental practice, a veterinary clinic or a medical practice, it’s always a good idea to add a bit of colour to your clinic. It doesn’t mean that you have to go crazy and decorate your clinic with rainbows or make it look like a modern art gallery, but simply use coloured accents or features in your decor. This is crucial to making your clinic feel less clinical and helping your patients to feel more at ease.
When selecting the colours you’re going to use throughout your clinic, colour psychology is a great place to start. Colour psychology is the study of how different colours can influence our brains, thoughts and emotions and has been scientifically proven to be effective and accurate. Essentially, colour psychology can help you to incorporate colours into your fit out and decor that will elicit the desired response from your patients such as serenity, trust and a reduction in anxious feelings. For more specific directions on which colours are best for your industry and practice read our article, ‘What is the Best Colour Palette for my Clinic?’.
How Can I Add Colour?
There are various ways to add colour to your clinic in a way that makes your space feel more vibrant yet still professional. Below are some of the most effective methods of adding colour we have seen over the years:
- Artwork: Adding some artwork to your walls is a great way to avoid a ‘clinical feel’ yet it still adds class to the space. The great thing about art is that you can find pieces to match any style, or personal taste.
- A Feature Wall: A feature wall is an effective way to add colour, and it can come in many different shapes, styles and textures. Your feature wall can be as simple as painting one wall a more stand-out colour or it could be patterned wallpaper, Easycraft wall cladding, an economical option, or perhaps an architecturally designed wall panelling option.
- Plants and Greenery: We love adding some greenery to the interior of a practice. Not only will this add colour, but it will also incorporate nature which immediately makes your interior feel brighter and have a soothing effect on your patients. Whether a wall garden, planters or pots, they can be low maintenance artificial or the freshness of the real deal.
- Coloured Accents: Coloured accents in a clinic or practice can come in the form of dental chairs, surgery tables, chairs in waiting rooms, light and lampshades, reception desks, cupboard doors and trimmings. Often these items are coordinated with your logo or practice colours.
Where Should I Add Colour?
When designing your interior and adding colour, your waiting area is one of the most important areas to focus on. A waiting room will often dictate your patients’ first impressions of your practice, so it’s vital that you create a warm and inviting atmosphere and adding colour is a great way to do this. If you think about it, a stark white room with a few chairs and a table doesn’t say “welcome to my practice”. It’s also a great idea to add a bit of colour to your surgery and treatment rooms since this is where your patients will likely feel most tense or anxious.
How Much Colour Should I Add?
In general, the ‘60, 30, 10’ rule is a great guideline. This refers to choosing a relatively neutral colour as your base colour and using it for around 60% of your interior and decor. Next, you select a complementary secondary colour that stands out a little bit against your base colour and use it for about 30% of your interior. For the last 10%, you should choose a brighter colour that stands out and apply it to all of your accents. This is your chance to really add some colour, so don’t be afraid to be bold.
The ‘60, 30, 10’ rule is, of course, just a general guide so don’t feel like you have to stick to it strictly. It is merely a good way to make sure you’re getting the right balance and layering colours in a way that will look cohesive.
If you would like to design and build your dream practice, get in touch with Dentifit today! Our team of fit out experts will partner with you every step of the way from the initial concept right through to the opening day, in order to ensure that your vision is fulfilled. If you’d like to get an idea of what we can do, check out our recent projects.