The way that you design the interior of your practice is likely to have a major impact on your patients’ impressions of your business. Too many medical practices feel clinical and unwelcoming which isn’t likely to have patients rushing back. Read our 5 tips below to help make your practice more inviting:
Whilst you may need some pretty direct lighting above the dental chair or examination table, you shouldn’t have harsh lighting all over your practice making it feel cold and clinical. Try to avoid fluorescent lighting and instead opt for cool lighting if you want to create a soothing environment or warm lighting if you’re going for more of a cosy atmosphere with an element of charm. Countless studies have demonstrated the ways in which lighting affects our mood, and you don’t want to make your patients anxious, especially when some people will already feel nervous about a dentist or doctor appointment.
If your furniture is boring or uncomfortable, it will create more of an industrial impression of your practice. Try to avoid plain plastic or metal seating in your waiting room and instead opt for comfortable, cushioned seats that look inviting. Try adding a wooden coffee table or centrepiece that matches your decor to create more of a ‘lounge’ rather than clinical space.
Either design your practice in such a way that sound doesn’t carry or else add some soundproofing measures. Like we said earlier, often people can get nervous about medical appointments and some people even have full-blown fears. For these people, the sound of a dental drill echoing down the hallway is likely to be an anxiety trigger. Also, patients may need to share private information during their appointment and so they don’t want to feel like the whole waiting room is listening in on their conversation.
Art is a great way to add life and personality to your practice. If you want to create an overall modern interior then opt for vibrant colours or block prints. If you’re trying to achieve more of a ‘homey’ design, then opt for soft hues and nice landscapes. You may even want to think bigger and add a feature wall with a pattern, design or a mural.
Having flowers and plants located throughout your practice is an easy and effective way to stop the space from feeling too clinical. Studies have shown that indoor plants boost our mood and reduce levels of stress so the addition of some greenery will be calming for both your patients and staff, creating an altogether happier clinic. You might even want to consider adding an indoor plant feature wall to really add some life to your practice.
At Dentifit, we are proud to call ourselves experts when it comes to fit-outs. With almost 15 years of experience in design and construction, we know what works best when it comes to a medical fit-out. To learn more about how we can help your practice, contact us today!