A visit to a healthcare clinic or dental office can result in many emotions including stress, anxiety and even fear. That’s not ideal since you, as a medical professional, want your patients to be calm and relaxed during their visit.
What can you do to create a calm environment that will put people at ease? Picking the right colours can go a long way.
It’s easy to make the mistake of simply choosing colours that you like or that look good together. However, different colours have different effects and implications. Therefore, you must keep this in mind as you decide so that you don’t end up with a room that overwhelms the senses.
Consider below some of the best colours for your dental or healthcare clinic waiting room, which will encourage calm. First, though, we’ll start of with some colours that have the opposite effect and are best left to other settings.
Avoid the Following
⦁ Red: Carrying the implication of energy and excitement, this is one colour it would be best to avoid. You certainly wouldn’t want patients riled up before a dental or other procedure.
⦁ Black (and Dark Purple): While accents of black can make a room feel more sophisticated, it can often be an impersonal colour. The same goes for dark purple. A key part of making patients feel relaxed — especially new patients — is a friendly vibe and environment.
⦁ Yellow: Just like red, yellow symbolizes energy. While it can encourage cheerfulness, too much can also cause tension. If used, it should be done in moderation or as an accent colour.
The Best Hues
⦁ Beige: Neutrals such as beige are calming and not overwhelming when complemented by other calming colours. Lighter colours like this one also reflect light, making rooms appear and feel airier. You wouldn’t want patients to feel cramped in some small, dim space.
⦁ Brown: A wonderful complementary colour, brown is rather subdued. When accompanied by something lighter, it can be associated with a modern look and feel, which appeals to many today.
⦁ Blue: Who doesn’t enjoy gazing at the light blue sky or the deep blue sea? Both are calming. Using blue in your waiting room can have a similar effect when used as a complement.
Of course, there are many more colours to choose from. Many of them aren’t suited to be primary colours in this setting, but can be used tastefully as secondary colours.
It doesn’t hurt to consider several different colour combinations. Just make sure that you choose one to dominate so that any complementary ones are not fighting for attention.
If you’d like more information about choosing the right colours for your healthcare or dental clinic, do not hesitate to contact us.