When it’s time to buy your new side, end or coffee tables for the waiting room in your healthcare or medical practice please do me this one favor:
Consider getting tables that are anything other than square or rectangular.
Remember that letter I wrote you about how shapes play a huge role in creating a patient-centered design of your healing space?
Well, in addition to my letter, here’s a compelling case study that supports the idea that curved design seems to be a universal human pleasure:
A few years ago, a research team [working in tandem with designers in Europe] led by psychologist Oshin Vartanian of the University of Toronto at Scarborough slid people into a brain imaging machine and showed them different pictures of furnished rooms.
The participants were then asked to label each room as “beautiful” or “not beautiful.”
The study reported that test participants were far more likely to consider a room beautiful when it was flush with curves rather than full of straight lines.
The team also captured the brain activity of the participants and guess what?
Turns out people looking at curved design had significantly more activity in a brain area called the anterior cingulate cortex [the part of the brain that is involved with emotion], compared to people who were looking at linear decorations.
What does this have to do with the tables in your waiting room?
When you balance the shapes of your square and rectangular waiting room, doors, windows, trim, and other rectilinear design elements in the space with curvy tables, the space feels balanced — yummy, cozy and glowing with that “it feels so good in here” vibe.
With so many table choices out there, you don’t have to go with the standard square, and oftentimes boring piece.
Instead, think about how the shapes of your tables can create an interesting or sexy and energetically balanced environment that feels more feminine [in Feng Shui design curves are considered feminine and square shapes masculine].
If you need some table design inspiration, I’ve gotcha covered.
Check out my newest Pinterest board, Tables For Your Waiting Room or click on the pretty photo below.
I made this board just for you with a variety of budgets in mind.
Enjoy and please let me know what you love. I’m always curious.
Yours in Health,