Pros & Cons Of Timeless vs Trendy In Your Clinic Fitout

Pros & Cons Of Timeless vs Trendy In Your Clinic Fitout
February 5, 2021 Dentifit

Has the idea of a clinic redesign been popping into your mind a lot lately? Nothing breathes new life into a business better than an interior makeover. Once you’ve made the choice that an upgrade is needed, you’re spoilt for choice on how to make your business stand out – maybe too spoiled.

There are so many ways to style and design a clinic. But, boiled down, your main options will be to pick something timeless or follow modern trends. 

If you’ve decided it’s time for a design refresh, these tips will guide you through the process of picking a style which is distinct and durable. 

Timeless vs Trendy 

As a business owner, you want your clinic to stand out and get as much worth out of your money as possible. When trends seem to change year to year, it can be challenging to decide if you want to opt for something contemporary or classic. 

Trendy designs have more immediate reward, but their potential to go out of style can be daunting. On the opposite end of the coin, if you opt for classic designs, you may end up with a generic look that’s been done thousands of times. 

Following trends and adhering to the norm both have their pros and cons. We’ve listed everything you need to consider about timeless vs trendy clinic design.


The biggest concern with following a trend is longevity. Unlike fashion trends which change with the season, interior design trends are more concrete. 

If you decide to follow a modern interior design trend, it’s unlikely to become dated within a year. Trends exist because people’s tastes change, and they want to find new and exciting ways to express themselves. A trendy clinic can be a great way to capture more patients’ attention and convince more people to come and check out your practice.  


  • Memorable and standout rooms 
  • Designs which are more likely to be talked about by patients outside of the clinic
  • Ability to use bold, catching colours and textures 
  • Better ability to express yourself and your business’s identity creatively 
  • Ability to make a stronger impression 


  • A shorter lifetime before you need to replace or renovate
  • Risk your clinic looking dated if a remodel isn’t in the budget 
  • Potentially more expensive to keep up with modern trends
  • Need for more regular redesigns 
  • Difficult to change the look with small features (decorations, plants, art etc)


The concept of timeless design is subjective. Nothing really stays in style forever, but this genre encapsulates tried and true techniques that have withstood the test of time

People think of clean and white when the concept of ‘timeless’ comes up, but that’s not always the case. Timeless designs are a safer bet that will always look good, but often struggle to make a strong impression. 


  • Long-lasting
  • Cost-effective in the long run 
  • Able to add modern accents for style
  • Often simple and easy to maintain 


  • Can be unexciting
  • Blends into the crowd
  • Lacks personality 
  • Has likely been done before 
  • May look similar to competition 

Our Suggestion

With trendy versus timeless design, you don’t need to go all-in on one or the other. An easy rule of thumb is to keep high ticket items as timeless as possible. There are different ways to incorporate trends into your design without breaking the bank. Furniture, a coat of paint, etc. are cost-effective ways to make your clinic pop, without running the risk of you regretting it in the future. Higher price features can make a stronger impression, but it’s up to your budget if you want to incorporate it into your design. 

It takes an expert eye to spot a style that will last. At Dentifit we have over 15 years of clinic fit out experience. If you would like to design and build your dream practice, get in touch with us today! If you’d like to get an idea of what we can do, check out our recent projects.