Eight years ago, when my Veterinary client and dear friend Dr. Kristin Sulis first hired me to help her transform an empty industrial warehouse into a cozy, cuddly and state-of-the-art Veterinary clinic, my creative heart burst open with joy!
Here’s a quick before photo of the space:
And so the design project began and magic was made manifest.
Here’s an after photo of the front waiting room:
When it came time to design the center hallway, instead of creating a dark and dungeon-like area, it was positioned just under the skylights to maximize natural light in the almost windowless building:
Hallways are often the most ignored places in the design of healthcare spaces.
Studies have shown that friends and family will visit their loved ones less in a hospital when the hallways feel claustrophobic and creepy.
3 WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HALLWAYS INTO A HAPPY PLACE FOR YOUR PATIENTS AND PEEPS
1 – Hang bright, beautiful and happy photos in the hallway of your health or wellness facility.
If you are a Veterinarian, these could be photos of happy dogs and cats like in Dr. Sulis’s hallway [see above image] or nature artwork [like the ones shown in the photo below] hung in the hallways of my client Canyon Manor Mental Health Rehabilitation Center:
2 – Paint the walls a nurturing color that contrasts the colors of the doors like in the above photo.
3 – Don’t forget to hang beautiful hallway lights. Please skip the fluorescent tubes that make everyone feel like they are in prison cell. Instead, use spotlights or pretty pendant lights that create instant cozy.
Think of your hallways as the appetizer before a meal. When your hallways relax your patients on their way to your treatment room, they’ve done a great job at making your job that much easier.
Your patients and clients can then rest easier into receiving your exceptional care.
If you need help deciding on a new paint color for your wellness or healthcare space, get the help you need here:
From my happy hallway to yours,