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The day I suggested a dark wall color for my physician client’s large treatment room/office, she gave me this look:


Here’s the color I chose: Colorhouse – Clay 06 and it’s one of my all-time favorite chocolate wall colors:


I always feel compassion when my client peeps give me the “deer in the headlights” look because I know how scary a big change can be, especially when it’s outside of their comfort zone.

I think the fear of painting one’s walls or ceilings a dark color must rank just below the fear of public speaking. 🙂

Kidding, I don’t really know.

Here’s what I do know:

Sometimes, painting the interior of your healing space a rich, dark color is the very BEST choice for your patient-centered practice.

Carmen (my client) was feeling deeply exhausted and overwhelmed from the day to day grind of running her solo Family Naturopathic Medicine practice.

Apart from seeing patients, she spent long hours in her office doing computer work and filing insurance claims–both of which were essential ingredients to keeping her practice flowing in a positive financial direction.

She had part-time help from an assistant.

She often skipped lunch.

She knew she needed a change but didn’t know how to get there.

That’s when she hired me.

Here’s why I chose Clay .06 for Carmen’s space:

1) The single room was a nice size (about 275 square feet and on the large side for a single office healthcare space) and it called for a darker wall color to help anchor it.

2) The 2 large wood sliding-closet doors were eye sores, standing out against the white walls.

The doors were outdated; the landlord would not replace them and it wasn’t within Carmen’s budget to do so.

By painting the walls a similar dark color, the closet doors would easily blend into the wall and remove the eye sore instantly.

(This color trick works every time)

3) Carmen loved the color. When I finally showed her the extra large color swatch, her eyes lit up and her body relaxed.

4) A dark color in a healing space creates a cocoon feeling and relaxes the nervous system almost instantly.

This is one easy design way to non-verbally encourage your client or patient to relax as soon as they walk through your doors.

Dark walls are not for everyone.

In this case and maybe in your case too, they might be the perfect choice.

Here’s Carmen’s space post paint:


Here’s what she said about working in the space one month after the redesign:

“After Cheryl redesigned my large office and treatment room, my patients felt more relaxed while discussing their health conditions. 

I also noticed an increased trust among patients in me and my recommended lifestyle changes and treatment plans. 

I went from feeling completely overwhelmed and overworked in my space to feeling much calmer and more balanced at work. I now take breaks.”

So tell me, “How do you feel about dark wall colors in your healing space?”

Your Biggest Supporter,

P.S. If you need help selecting the wall colors of your healthcare practice, read this.