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4 design tips for small clinic fit outs

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Anyone who has operated, worked in or even regularly visited a healthcare clinic will understand the importance of a great fit out.

It needs to be functional, aesthetically pleasing and appropriate, long-lasting, practical - and everything else in between.

But what if the number one problem you have identified with your medical or dental clinic is that it is just a tiny bit too small?

Space is at a premium for most organisations, but when you consider the need for staff to operate efficiently, and patients to feel as comfortable and stress-free as possible, the feeling of tight confines is even more important to avoid.

So when you're planning the interior design of your medical and dental clinic fit out, here are some practical ways to make the most of a small space through clever design.


1. Light

Quite simply, the more light you have, the better. Big windows that let in lots of natural light, combined with sheer window furnishings, can make a small space really shine.

One great idea is a double layer blind system, allowing you to enjoy some level of privacy but not completely blocking out that space-opening natural light.


2. Paint

The right colour for a room can really flatter it, charge it with energy and even give the impression of a different sized space. Dark paint has the tendency to close the walls in, but shades of white - and even the lighter grey and blue hues - can really push those walls apart.


3. Floor

Once you've picked a great, expansive colour for your little room, it's time to match that to the floor. Choosing a consistent and similarly light and cool colour will also have the effect of pushing the walls out, while neutral coloured floors will push the focus on to the furnishings, which can also create the effect of a bigger space.

If you're opting for timber floors, lay the planks vertically, which will have a lengthening effect on the room.


4. Furniture

The golden rule for any small space is that clutter will make it smaller and minimalism will push out those walls. Using furniture with fine lines will also detract from the impression of clutter and bulk, attracting the eyes across the expanse of the room.

The positioning of the reception area is also very important for a small space because it is a large feature, so go conservative with desk and furniture sizes and consider pushing reception off to one side.