No matter whether your medical centre requires an interior design refresh or a complete renovation in the New Year, it’s a good idea to get up to date with all of the latest trends and start brainstorming ideas for what you could apply to your own practice. Once you have an understanding of the direction that the healthcare industry is headed in, you can effectively modernise your facilities to benefit your patients and stay ahead of your competitors. Here are some of the top medical fit out design trends for 2020.
Feels Like Home
Gone are the days of clinical, cookie-cutter medical fit outs. While there was once a time where you could walk into almost any medical centre in Perth and notice very little difference in the layout and décor, we’re now beginning to see a change for the better.
In an effort to make healthcare visits more comfortable, reception areas, waiting rooms and consultation rooms are now favouring an interior design style that replicates the look of a home and evokes a welcoming feeling. Practitioners want patients to feel as though they are entering their home, as opposed to a sterile environment that may induce stress and anxiety.
It’s also becoming more and more common for medical fit outs to have their own sense of character. From the choice of the furniture and décor right down to the lighting and artwork, every detail is aimed at expressing the unique personality of the centre and its team members. Where once a generic painting would hang on the wall for the sake of adding some colour to a wall space, now specific pieces are selected to create a certain effect.
Bring the Outside Inside
We’ve been seeing a rise in biophilic interior design across residential, commercial and medical fit outs for a little while now, and the trend is not slowing down any time soon. Biophilia is all about bringing elements of nature into interior design, such as potted greenery, wooden floors and stone benches. You can get as creative as you like in incorporating nature into your medical centre, from sky lights to water features.
With proven health benefits, it’s no wonder that biophilic design is so popular. From indoor plants reducing air pollution to natural elements providing mood boosters, there is a lot to be gained from bringing the outdoors into your medical fit out.
All About Flexibility
In catering to all different types of patients, modern medical centres are providing versatile waiting areas that can be adapted to various needs. By having easy to move furniture, the layout can be modified to provide a suitable space for a family to sit together, or for a single patient to sit quietly alone. It also allows elderly patients, new mothers and other patients with special needs to adjust the environment for their own comfort.
Into the Blue
On an annual basis, the Pantone Colour Institute announces a colour of the year and the selected shade tends to have a widespread impact on fashion, marketing and, of course, design trends. This year Pantone has declared classic blue to be the colour of 2020, claiming it expresses a sense of calm, confidence and connection. It believes that a colour that signifies stability, trust and reliability is what is needed in the world right now.
As all of these qualities are perfectly suited to the provision of healthcare services and treatments, it’s likely that many medical fit outs will start to incorporate more shades of blue over the course of 2020. Being such a simple, yet bold colour that’s pleasing to the eye, it will continue to have the desired effect long after Pantone announces its next colour of the year.
Kind to the Planet
Energy efficiency has been a high priority for businesses and homeowners for many years now, and with environmental issues becoming more and more prevalent, the need to be kind to the planet and reduce energy consumption is only growing stronger.
Medical fit outs are ditching the tungsten and fluorescent globes for economical LEDs, including Indigo LEDs that are known to reduce bacteria. The use of natural light where possible is also becoming more of a focus, as well as the improvement of insulation quality to minimise the need for heating and cooling systems.
Get a Modern Medical Fit Out
If you’re looking to undertake a renovation or redesign of your Perth based medical centre in 2020, Office Fitout Professionals can work with you to create a solution that’s not only up to date with the latest trends, but also well-suited to your needs. Contact our friendly team of experts today.