For the past two weeks I’ve heard the constant call of an owl outside my window.
I can’t see her because it’s still dark outside at 5:45am when I awaken to the sounds of her Who! Who! calling. The sun just barely rising up over the horizon.
Because of the owl’s connection to the night, she shares a relationship to the moon and her cycles of renewal, fertility and the feminine.
That got me thinking about a big problem with the design of many health and wellness spaces in this country.
Typical healthcare offices are often filled with the rectilinear shapes of doors, windows, trim, vents, desks, etc. and rarely do you find rounded or curved furniture design elements. That imbalance can make the space feel uncomfortable and sometimes downright icky.
In Feng Shui and other eastern design philosophies, square shapes are considered a masculine element while round or curved shapes are feminine ones.
Our planet, for example, is universally seen as feminine because of her round shape, and called Mother because of her endless nurturing qualities gifted to her earth children.
With the right combination of male/female design elements in your people-centered design, you can get that perfect balance of cozy–I-want-to-be-here-and-melt-into-this-goodness–kind of feeling in your space.
That means your clients and patients will move slower, be more receptive to your compassionate care, more patient while waiting for their sessions, and more willing to take a bigger role in their healing.
So, for today’s wellness design lesson, here are 3 design tips that make your healing space feel more feminine.
#1 – Balance out those square shapes with curved ones. That means, replace your square side tables with round ones or buy new decorative pillows with curved patterns like flowers or other organic shapes.
Keep this awareness alive in your mind when shopping for new furniture and decor items.
#2 – No sharp edges on any design elements in your space please. Sharp edges are sometimes found on rectilinear shaped tables and spiky plants, and are known to cause agitation in the environment.
Studies have shown that people who bump into the edge of a table in retail store settings will suddenly leave. That’s because they feel irritated and maybe even in pain from bumping into the edge.
Make sure the corners of your square or rectangular tables are not sharp and stay away from spiky plants altogether. That will help create a softer, more inviting vibe.
#3 – Select nurturing paint colors for the walls of your space. If your space has medium to dark wood interior doors and the floor boards are wood, along with the trim around the windows, than select a more feminine soft, color like a light blue or a beautiful shade of rose.
Too much wood in a space along with a dark wall color can make the space feel too heavy and too masculine.When it comes to deciding on the perfect new paint color for the walls of your healthcare space, I get how overwhelming it can be.
I share the best colors for your health space including my favorite greens, blues, pinks, oranges and whites in my book “The Color Cure: How to transform your healthcare office, clinic or treatment room into an oasis by choosing the perfect paint.”
Learn more about the book here:
With love from me and our resident owl,