Why Are Medical Offices So Sterile & Boring?
How did we come to creating sterile medical offices that are so boring and ugly that all you want to do is leave immediately? This is something that drives me crazy every time I walk into a doctors office!
Yes, I understand that we are more sophisticated in medicine and we need sterile free environment that is necessary for doctors to do surgery in, but I think there are many medical spaces that have forgotten about the huge emotional impact it has on their patients and staff.
Doctors, are well educated in their profession, but that doesn't mean they fully understand the impact of good design and it is up to the professional interior designer, to let them know that there is real and meaningful benefits of great design. Not only is it good emotionally for their clients, but, that is also financially beneficial to their practice and how their patients views them.
So this makes me reflect on the history and how doctors practiced medicine. Not to long ago when someone was ill and needed a doctor they would come to your home on horse and buggy. There is nothing like the comfort of your home, especially when your sick. To me, this lack of understanding on how your home has such a huge impact on your wellbeing is related to design. So, I think strongly that there must be a happy medium when designing a medical space between a time not so long ago and today world.
Personally, I am so sensitive to my environment when I walk into a space that is sterile or dark, I actually physically cringe and my mood immediately changes. When I walk into a spa, even before the massage, I feel a sense of peace and happiness. This is all due to the careful thinking of beautiful interior design. This is real fact that is inescapable. I think that is why people hike, walk, swim, bicycle ride, boat, etc. We are mean't to coincide with nature on a regular basis. It is naturally beautiful with all of it's details. And, when I design a space, I realize it has to be about every detail from the fabric, paint, furniture, lighting color & finish.
I have to carefully consider first, the functional requirements of my doctor, and be able to represent who they are by a style and color palette. I do this first with a conversation, then photos, then actually going out to see and touch items so I can narrow down from the thousands of great design possibilities. I try to keep in mind that this space should feel spa like, lighting being essential and color being inspirational. So, I work thru this process to the very end, sometimes changing details at the last minute taking the design up a notch.
I find that in order to accomplish this impactful design in a medical office your client must respect and fully trust you as a professional. This is the most import key to having a successful design project.
If you want to consider making the most impact about your space wether it is your home or any type of office, I would love it if you would consider touching base with me for a reasonable consultation fee. I would hope that I could offer you a lot of value and worth with my years of design experience and formal training. But, most importantly, I want to please my clients by meeting and exceeding their design needs!