Interior Decorating for a Pediatrician's Office

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Pediatricians have infants and young children as patients. When it comes to decorating their offices, it would be a good idea to reflect their personalities while keeping their young patients in mind. It should be a place they can call their own as well as a place where they can conduct business with grownups while taking care of their young patients' medical or health needs.

Safety Considerations

  • Keep safety in mind. The room should be as kid-friendly as possible. The flow of traffic should be free from obstructions. Make sure that all power sources such as wall sockets, cable and computer connections are not exposed.

    Avoid floors made of tiles and concrete because they are slippery and hard. Choose durable, stain-resistant carpets that are both soft to the feet and safe for children to roam around or play on comfortably. Avoid using fuzzy carpets, which can harbor more dusts and dirt that are harmful to kids with severe asthma conditions. Hardwood or laminate floors are great choices for a clinic that specializes in treating asthma patients; however, put skid-free area rugs or play mats in play areas to act as cushions.

    Avoid window blinds with cords that children can reach. Choose cordless blinds or plantation shutters to eliminate the danger posed by cords. Avoid draperies that are at floor length; choose lengths similar to the windows' size to prevent small children from hanging on them or pulling them down.

Design Theme

  • Choose a theme that most kids would relate to such as Disney, cartoons, jungle or ocean themes. You can choose one overall theme or a different one in each area. Label the rooms with popular character names such as Mickey, Daffy Duck, Cinderella and Sponge Bob.

    Decorate the doctor's private office in a theme that is not childish, unless the doctor wants the same theme as the other rooms. It is a good idea to keep this room looking professional because it is a place where the doctor conducts business. Personalize this room with photos, framed certificates, licenses and diplomas. Keep the color neutral.

    Paint the walls in the play areas with colors that are vibrant to keep the room looking cheerful. Choose a calmer tone in the waiting and examination rooms to keep the children less anxious or less agitated. According to Freshome.com, a good calming color choice is green because of its restful effect on people. Choose matching colors for the window covers. Make sure that the overall color scheme is cohesive in each area and choose kid-safe paints, which do not have harmful chemicals.

Staging

  • Choose a mixture of children's and adults' furniture to keep everyone comfortable. Choose wooden pieces without sharp edges. Upholstery materials should be durable and stain-resistant. Use beanbags and floor pillows in the play areas for added comfort.

    Avoid using table and floor lamps in the waiting areas where children can play with them. Choose recessed lights or track lights instead.

    Use a wall organizer to keep toys and books in their designated shelves. Make sure that the wall cabinet or organizer is securely fastened to the wall to prevent it toppling.

    Choose art pieces and paintings that are in keeping with the design theme.

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