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Clinic design

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Today we will be touching on clinic design. Why? Because doctors, lawyers, dentists and beauty centres, just like homeowners, understand the importance of creating a space that's inviting and soothing; especially if a potentially painful procedure is about to take place! First impressions always count; and what your clients see as soon as they walk into your practice will leave a lasting feeling.

Poorly lit, badly arranged and clumsy design may have potential patients running out the door before you've even had a chance to show off your skills. Therefore, we've put together an ideabook bursting with clever clinic design solutions and inspiration for your future business, or, of course, if you are looking to revamp your current space. Take a look…

Muted tones

Judging by the image of a dozen doughnuts on the wall, this space clearly is not destined to be a dentists office! Nevertheless, this particular example shows how a simple colour palette, with emphasis on lighting and geometry, is an excellent way to make a space appear warm and inviting. Not just for the sake of the administration department working behind the desk, but a well lit reception area elicits an aura of cleanliness and openness. You feel you are definitely in good hands here.

Subtle colours

 Clinics by WEINKATH GmbH

Waiting room


Again, emphasising the main window to the rear, this waiting area is calm and serene. The modern designed chairs in a simple wood grain show the client that this business values attention to detail. Using sheer curtains allows for maximum light penetration, but also provides privacy from peering eyes or nosy neighbours. The arrangement of the furniture, whilst simple, has maximised the available space.


This setting is the perfect place to sit clients down and discuss procedures or ideas. If this space is target at a surgery, there is no need for the space to feel clinical and banal. The green wallpaper lifts what could be a potentially boring space and adds a touch of playfulness and vitality. As a waiting room, patients would happily spend their time staring at the wall and pass the time with no qualms. 

Tree of life

We know for some that going to the dentist isn't the most pleasurable experience to be had. So, why not commission a wall mural such as this to stop fidgeting patients from fussing about in the chair. Little hidden creatures and details will have them focusing on the ceiling, rather than what's going in their mouths. Especially so for children who may be a little apprehensive about procedures at first, this is a great way to add a touch of fantasy and magic to help them settle down.

With ease

 Clinics by K&L Wall Art
K&L Wall Art

Wandtattoo Anmeldung Babyzebra

K&L Wall Art

We touched briefly on the importance of making children feel at ease in the previous photo so, extending on that, we have what will be the reception desk of a children's surgery. Adding happy looking creatures or animals purveys a sense of excitement which kids can relate to. There is no need to feel scared or apprehensive when there is an adorable smiling zebra staring back at you. Not only this, these images you see are vinyl wall stickers, which are easily removed and replaced if you want to change your own personal zoo from time to time. Cost effective and with a wide selection of designs available, you can have return patients boggling over how there was a zebra last week and a bear today.

Colour pop

 Clinics by K&L Wall Art
K&L Wall Art

Wandtattoo Gesundheit ist des Menschen höchstes Gut

K&L Wall Art

Colour is an important factor as it conveys emotion. The coral red ties in perfectly with the white tiles and walls, and it especially makes the logo of the company stand out. Adding foliage is also a good way to let clients know you are environmentally conscious and aware, allowing the space to breathe and helping it to not look so bleak. Cleverly, the designers have installed downlights above the company name creating not only a different dimension, but further highlighting who they are. This is important because oftentimes we walk into an office and think ’Am I in the right place?’. Gladly, you will not have that issue here.


Another great example of dentist practice design is this office located in Hannover. Again moving away from the typical white on white colour scheme we seen time and time again, this office has opted for an organic colour palette coupled with organic shapes and lines. The couches tie in with the green rug and semi-sheer blinds, and make you feel as though you are with nature. On top of this, the undulating design of the shelving units flows freely and represent patterns in waves, air and soil.

For more clever commercial spaces see ’Opticians shop design and A cafe in Florence’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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