Here’s the scene:
You’ve finally decided to redesign or remodel the waiting room in your holistic clinic, healthcare office or wellness space.
You’ve wanted to do it for a very, VERY long time and while you’ve understood the necessity of creating a waiting room and reception where patients, clients and their families feel relaxed and welcomed, you’ve been avoiding it.
I get it. There have been a million and one other things that were simply higher on the to do list… until now.
The golden moment has arrived.
You’ve either hired an interior designer or decided to DIY the space yourself, enlisting friends and family to help, but you still don’t have the first clue on what new flooring, for example, to choose.
You only know that the current carpet HAS TO GO.
Do you choose a laminate hardwood that can get scratched easily?
Or do you decide a carpet is best… but then, if a new carpet is the best choice, what pattern and colors do you select among the hundreds available?
These are but a few questions that can come up when thinking about the oftentimes overwhelming process of selecting new materials and design elements for your wellness space.
And even though there are a million and one ways you can go in deciding what’s best, today I want to talk about ONE thing that doesn’t work.
To illustrate my point, here’s a quick pic of the waiting room of a family medicine center designed by an interior designer:
There are so many wonderful design elements in this waiting room that make patients feel comfy and cozy like the chairs, the chocolate wall and the soft lighting.
But… what’s the ONE thing that stands out?
You may have instantly guessed correctly, but if not, here’s the answer:
The carpet that runs along the treatment room doors feels like a freeway–fast and furious–and the opposite feeling you want to create in a space that is for patients or clients in pain.
In Feng Shui, a pattern like the flooring shown in the above waiting room is viewed as the rushing energy of a river.
And this rushing energy of the carpet pattern speeds up the flow of energy in the room, effecting how fast your peeps walk through the space and ramping up their nervous system.
My big design lesson for you today is this:
When it comes time to select new flooring, wallpaper or other types of design elements, please don’t select a pattern that feels fast and furious like the flooring in my waiting room example.
For your patients and clients with vision impairments, brain stem issues or a general sensitivity, these types of repetitive patterns can contribute to dizziness.
Instead, please select subtle texture and patterns that are easy on the eyes and the brain.
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With love and three delicious slow breaths,