5 Tips from CMBA for Designing a Superior Healthcare Interior

At CMBA, we recognize that the mission of any healthcare facility is to improve the lives of their patients, and we believe that their interiors should serve that purpose. While many current facilities get a lot of things right, we think there’s plenty of room for improvement. Check out these five real-world tips that we utilize at CMBA to create innovative, breathtaking healthcare interiors!

1. Compartmentalize Designs

We don’t recommend including multiple design types in a single room. However, experimenting with different types of designs in different rooms can be a good way of showing consideration for patients and staff. A fantastic example of this would be geometric acoustic tiles in an adult exam room and a cartoon mural in a room or section of a facility just for children.

2. Create Bold Aesthetics

The atmosphere of your interior is what creates a first impression. Seeing a bold aesthetic will immediately cause your facility to stand out from other medical offices or hospitals. Stark designs can elevate the overall feel of a room while helping to reduce any anxiety associated with going to a hospital or medical facility.

3. Stick to a Consistent Palette

Avoid cramming too many design elements in a space. Sticking to a consistent palette will help you avoid “busy” looking designs and make the space feel more open and spacious. Modern, rustic, colorful, and dull aren’t a great mix. While it can be difficult, it’s best to pick a consistent palette and design style and stick with it. Ultimately, healthcare facilities should aim to create an atmosphere of serenity. Busy designs often do the exact opposite and create confusion and stress.

4. Focus on Waiting Areas

How many hospital waiting areas look like the inside of a DMV? Cold, hard chairs and a lack of interior design fixtures. At CMBA, we think healthcare waiting rooms should look different, and actually feel inviting! What a concept, right? Add some color to furnishings and decor in the waiting room and choose seating that’s both comfortable and easy to clean.

5. Balance Form and Function

Healthcare facilities are concerned with the mobility of their patients and furniture should be designed to accommodate this. For example, hospitals must include wheelchair accessibility into their floor plans. Couches, tables, and chairs can be placed in a way which allows people with limited mobility to enjoy the design of the room the same as others would.