You are here
Creating the Illusion of Natural Light in A Windowless Medical Clinic
We all love natural light and the feeling of openness and brightness it brings, but it’s not always an option when it comes to fitting out your medical clinic.
In the past, most medical practices operated out of converted houses. Nowadays, medical clinics are increasingly located in shopping centres and in hospital specialist buildings. While such locations are great for passing foot traffic and patient convenience, these types of premises aren’t typically abundant with windows.
But a lack of windows doesn’t mean you can’t have a bright, welcoming practice environment. Here are a few creative ways to create the illusion of daylight despite a shortage of windows.
Light-Coloured Walls and Surfaces
Colour plays an important element in your medical clinic - dark colours absorb light, but lighter colours reflect it. By incorporating lighter colours into your practice with your choice of paint, carpet, flooring and furniture, you help to maximise the natural light in your premises. Choosing one colour for the walls and ceilings can also help make a space feel lighter and larger.
Adding one – or more – mirrors to your wall is a great way to simulate the effect of a window. Mirrors hung at angles in the right places can help to bounce light around the room, adding a sense of depth to your space.
Another way to bring a sense of natural light into a windowless room is to ‘borrow’ some of the daylight from another room.
Elite recently completed a specialist suite fitout at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital. Dr Daevyd Rodda’s vision for his orthopedic surgery practice was to ensure the windowless waiting area was lit by natural light as much as possible, while still fitting all the functional requirements of the area. ‘Borrowed light’ from the back of house was brought into the room through frameless glass panels and supplemented with concealed lighting, creating the right ambience and a comfortable level of light.
Lights that can’t be seen, but still emit soft, diffused light, can help to mimic the “look” of natural light. You could also place a lamp or similar behind a piece of furniture to mimic the feel of daylight streaming through a window.
Skylights & Transparent Doors
If your space permits, skylights can also be used to invite more natural light into your medical practice. You could also swap your solid front doors for a transparent one to further maximise the light that enters your reception area.
Contact the Elite Team
If you’re thinking about refurbishing your current premises, or opening a new medical practice, Elite can help. Contact us today.