When you are considering a new interior design, the first question that you have to ask yourself is: what is the purpose of this room? Without knowing its purpose, it is completely impossible to make a knowingly good decision with regards to anything. A light bright room may be the absolute perfect choice for a bedroom, but is absolutely useless if you want to use it as a dark room to develop photographs. Having a room with no bookshelves is perfect for a living room that you want to feel very airy, but useless if you want to be able to use that room as a library. That is why when you start to think about the interior design for the perfect dental office, you have to think about and consider all of the different uses that the office will have.
One area will be the waiting room. It is essential that in this place, people can feel reassured and calm, confident that they are about to be in the hands of a professional. We would recommend that you stick to neutral colours, but include a highlight color that matches any logos or branding that you already have. The neutral colours will enable your patients to feel calm, and the unconscious recognition of your brand colour will reassure them that they are in the right place. It is also important that people waiting here can be physically comfortable, not just emotionally so, which is why we recommend that you provide comfortable chairs with cushions so that people can be comfy as they wait.
Another area that you should consider is the office, or the administrative hub of your dental office. This is where your colleagues will work, and you want to make sure that they are going to be happy here. Something that you should consider before anything aesthetic is whether or not they are going to be cool enough in summer and warm enough in winter – something that not enough employers consider when designing their work spaces! When you have made sure of the practicalities then you can start to think about the décor. A good idea is to always have something green and living; preferably a plant that does not require a huge amount of maintenance, but will brighten the place up.
Lastly, you should consider the actual consultation room itself. Here you will need to create a harmonious balance between clinical and comforting. In a way, we as patients almost hope that we feel as though we are in a medical setting when we go and see the dentist, because that is what we expect and so it is reassuring. It also gives us the impression that the dentist before us is well trained: Dr Paige Woods, who runs a dental practice in San Diego, often finds that patients are reassured by her long white coat. However, that does not mean that you should forget about comfort, as none of your patients wish to feel as though they are in a hospital.
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