IDS Experts – Have Fun With Color in Your Kid-Friendly Office

When working with a client, Production Manager April is often asked for her opinion on paint color. Many of our clients make the mistake of playing it safe with color. Her advice… have fun with color!


Although it may be tempting to pick a neutral paint color or fabric and use it everywhere, this may work against your theming and ultimately won’t create the desired outcome of a welcoming environment for kids.

When creating an inviting place for children, it’s important to remember that they won’t notice the effort you’ve put into your granite countertops or how your new location provides plenty of convenient parking.

They will, however, notice bright colors and friendly characters that make a typical dental office seem less scary.

By incorporating exciting colors into your office from the start, it is much easier to coordinate with your chosen theme and make the decor look intentional, not like an add-on. Remember, your office is for children.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING COLORS FOR YOUR OFFICE

When choosing the right colors for your office, there are three main considerations.

1. The First Consideration is What Theme will be Going into Your Space.

An underwater theme? Blue! A jungle theme? Green! If you want an easy answer that works, just match your wall colors to your murals.

2. Should You Compliment or Clash?

You can achieve very different moods depending on the colors you use. Do you want a bold space? Experiment with a bolder color. See the difference?

Bright orange walls with an underwater theme might seem jarring, but using complimentary colors can work and make a space more impactful. 

The main point is, don’t be scared of color. This dentist wasn’t and they created a unique space: 

3. How Do Children Perceive Color?

We’ve all heard that wall color affects mood. Reds, oranges, yellows and pinks all stimulate activity, project a feeling of warmth and can make children feel welcome in an otherwise intimidating environment. These could be good colors for a play area.

Blues, greens, and purples create a feeling of calm and can sooth nervous children. 

Now don’t worry if you have white, beige, or grey painted walls. We’re not against those color choices. In fact, they make great accent colors to compliment bolder choices. 

But color has a large impact on how children perceive a space and can leave them with a good feeling about coming back to the dentist for their next appointment. Have fun with color and create amazing dental interior design and decor for your office!


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From our artists to our engineers, we pride ourselves on the level of expertise each team member brings to the projects we create. Our experts want to offer some insight into their work and offer professional advice to help your dental office reach its full potential.

April
Pre-Production Manager
Exhibit Design Diploma
Joined IDS in 2011 

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