Gone are the days when hospitals were designed to look clinical, cold and uninviting. In recent times, hospitals have begun introducing contemporary styling to appear more attractive and appealing. Hospitals designed with hotel aesthetics in mind can offer more comfort and relaxation for patients, who may associate clinical interior designs with anxiety. Continue reading to learn about the changes some hospitals are making to their interior design and how hospital aesthetics are changing.
Hospital interior design is now evolving to match new technologies on offer. Many hospitals are now looking for a refined and modern look, which can make the patient experience more enjoyable. Already in the UK, we have seen a shift to digital touchscreen monitors over traditional reception desk methods. These screens are practical, allowing patients to sign in to their appointment quickly. They also give the waiting room a modern and contemporary feel.
Some hospitals are introducing charging stations so that patients can charge and use their mobile devices while waiting. These stations give the hospital a hotel-like feel, and allow patients the chance to relax and stay connected while waiting.
A trend in hospital aesthetics is bringing the outside in. Hospital architects are designing spaces with large windows, offering natural light to patients and staff. Biophilic designs can connect communal spaces such as waiting rooms and entrances to nature, which creates a calming ambience. Designs such as floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights and glass curtain walls diminish the need for artificial lighting in the daytime. Sunlight can be a great mood booster, so people inside the hospital benefit.
Healthcare furniture is undergoing changes to make it appear less clinical and more stylish. Many hospitals are opting for fitted furniture as it gives a sleek and polished look while appearing more put together than stand-alone pieces. Comfortable sofas and armchairs are also being adopted to make waiting rooms and private rooms feel cosier. There are also trends in colour schemes, with hospitals opting for warm and neutral colours to give spaces a sophisticated look reminiscent of a spa experience. Soft furnishings in pastel colours are used to add a pop of colour to a room without overwhelming the design.
Hospital aesthetics – where to find out more
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At David Bailey Furniture Systems, we have have helped architects and contractors design fitted furniture for hospital and other healthcare environments for over 35 years. Our factory is in Broadstairs, Kent in the UK and we have provided furniture for many NHS hospitals and private hospitals, including Wexham Park, Guy’s & St Thomas’, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Spire Hospitals and University College London Hospital (UCLH), as well as many regional hospitals, GP surgeries and health clinics around England and Wales.