Sometimes it really doesn’t take a village to make important and fabulous design changes to your waiting room. Changes that have your patients sinking into the goodness of the energy in your space and sharing that experience with friends and family, and on social media. 😍
Oftentimes, you can radically change the way your waiting room looks and feels with new paint, furniture, art and accessories.
No walls have to be moved and it doesn’t have to be super expensive either (although it can be if you want it to be.)
Enter my client Dr. Sarah McVey, DDS with Coeur d’Alene Dental Center.
Sarah took one of my online workshops and via video, brought me into her waiting room and showed me the room she wanted to transform into a premium experience for her patients.
Here’s that waiting room:
And here’s the transformation of the same waiting room 👇
Crazy different right? 😻
Here are the design changes Sarah made to her waiting room:
#1. The walls were re-painted a delicious, creamy off-white instead of the existing dirty yellow.
Oftentimes, light yellow or taupe’ish paint colors can give the impression of the space being dirty.
This change instantly brightened up the space in the same way that coffee stained yellow teeth can be transformed with teeth whitener. Subtle changes can oftentimes create the biggest impact.
#2. Those overhead wood beams on the ceiling were painted the same color as the ceiling (and walls), making them disappear.
In Feng Shui, overhead wooden ceiling beams (especially the ones that are a different finish or color than the ceiling) can create chaotic and heavy energy below. For example, beams over beds have been shown to give people more headaches and cause agitation in the body.
#3. Artwork was replaced with a large nature print, hung on the wall front and center for patients to enjoy. (To find nature prints for healthcare spaces, visit Peter Blanchard’s website here: https://manifestphoto.com/art/art-for-healthcare/ and enjoy 10% off his prints by mentioning my name.)
#4. All furniture was replaced with updated sofas and chairs and side tables to create a professional living room vibe.
Intentional space planning in the room created private areas (guest chairs behind the sofa) as well as a community space (sofa across from chairs) for families and patients who desire a more social atmosphere.
#5. Finally, Sarah brought in some indoor plants which are known to be a wildly beneficial and therapeutic element in enhancing and stabilizing mood. That means all kinds of good things for your patients who hang out there.
For more help on designing a waiting room that speaks to your values, desires and style preferences, grab a sample chapter from my book The Waiting Room Cure here:
Yours in gorgeous design,