Set the Proper Tone in Waiting Area with Soft Colors

June 22, 2018

When you have the right atmosphere and décor in your practice’s waiting area, it can go a long way toward cutting down on your patient’s anxieties about visiting the physician. With just a few touches to your waiting area, your patients will be soothed for the current visit and likely to leave the practice with a positive impression, which can be gold when securing future patient relationships.

The following are some ideas about how to make decisions on furnishing your practice’s waiting area and go that extra mile to make sure that patients feel positive when they enter and exit the practice.

‘Spa Colors’ Can Soothe Patient Nerves.

Believe it or not, something as simple as color of the walls in your waiting area could have a huge impact on how patients perceive your practice. These tastes can change with the times, however, and you need to keep your practice updated in order to match patient expectations.

I recall back in nineties, teal green waiting rooms were all the rage. That’s no longer the case, however, as medical offices today aim at calming the colors, like blue, cream, and sea foam green, in soft shades. Waiting areas should favor soft, spa-like colors. Remember: In your waiting area, you want to provide a calming space. Stay away from bright reds, orange, or yellow.

Cleanliness Next to Godliness When Considering Carpeting.

Once you’ve decided on the color of the walls, you can choose fabric for your furniture and carpeting for the floor. Carpeting should be designed for high-traffic volume in the waiting room. You can choose standard colors for your carpeting, such as tan, gray, or beige. If you’re looking for an alternate, it is recommended that you use multi-colored or patterned carpet, which can minimize the appearance of wear and tear better than many monochrome or pattern less color schemes.

If you aren’t interested in the carpet route, you might look into laminate flooring. Carpet is nice, but is can get stained and show wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas. Laminate may be a better choice. Laminate is durable and easy to clean.

Choose an Easily Cleaned Upholstery Fabric

When considering furniture upholstery for the waiting area, it should be stain-resistant and color-coordinated with carpet and walls. Stay away from fabrics like cotton or wool that stain easily. A great number of waiting room furniture is made with waterproof and stain proof fabric. The fabric is PVC-free polyurethane but feels like fabric. It’s easy to clean and I highly recommend it.

Your upholstery needs to be easily cleaned, but also as comfortable as possible for patients sitting in the chairs. In addition to standard upholstery materials, I’ve even seen upholstery fabric that looks and feels like leather “vegan” material that can be wiped down and cleaned.

So when it comes to the upholstery fabric for your practice, there are several options. The bottom line is that keeping your practice’s furniture and flooring clean is very important, and often synthetic materials are the way to go.

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