5 Ways to Create the Ideal Therapist’s Office for Your Practice

By Décor Aid

When it comes to developing therapy office décor that’s mutually beneficial to both yourself and your clients it takes some intuition and know-how gleaned from school and years of practice.

To get the look right while lending your space stylish design to be enjoyed for years to come, it pays to take note of the wisdom only an expert interior designer can provide.

That said, we turned to the office interior design firm Décor Aid to help you address all the nuances that go into brilliantly decorating your therapy office.

From specific psychological needs to everything in between, discover the best color choices, design ideas, and the decorative accents that you’ll need. At the end of the day, if your office looks great, you yourself will enjoy being in it daily.

1) Color Can Make all the Difference

When it comes to the color story of a therapy office, you may already have an idea of what can work best, but if you don’t, here’s a quick refresher.

It goes without saying that people react in various ways to color and interior design. And that most clients have issues related to mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical health. This makes selecting the right colors for your office all the more essential so you can create a well-balanced ambiance that’s conducive to a constructive therapy experience.

For higher stimulation, soothing shades of blue will help the mind feel calmer while stimulating energy. A powdery green is also great for balancing the energy in a calming, reassuring manner. While yellow promotes creativity and a zestful sense of confidence.

And while it may help in boosting energy, red, whether bold or muted, may be too stimulating and distracting for some clients.

2) Plants Are Essential

Promote a sense of calm, unexpected vibrancy, and a hint of the organic with plants and flowers.  This will also work to help purify the air and reduce noise.

Plants can also help to inspire, encourage, and improve attitudes – as long as they are healthy. That said, fresh flowers will take more care and wilt so be sure to bring in plants that are easy to manage and keep healthy.

Whether placed on the floor or on a surface, potted plants are sure to add needed depth, visual interest, and texture to what may be a cold and calculated office space.

3) Invest In Comforting Furnishings

More often than not, therapists usually stick to the predictable office set up that features a tired couch and a set of chairs, save for a motivational quote here and there.

For a more unexpected take, rethink seating options.

Instead of a traditional sofa, a stylized chaise lounge will make clients feel enveloped in seriously comforting style. Or instead of a bench, a parlor-inspired setup featuring a settee or a pair of reclining chairs will make the space feel more welcoming and one of a kind.

You can also skip out on a coffee table and opt for a storage ottoman in its place that’ll serve you better when clients bring in additional guests with them, like family members.

4) Furniture Placement

As vital as well-judged colors, textures, patterns, and proportions are, the layout of said elements is equally important. In fact, they can create an immediate and positive response from your clients during their time spent with you.

To help your clients feel as though they are in the comfort of their own home, keep the layout of your furnishings conversational.  For example, a triangular setup will help to keep everyone engaged, and focused.

5) Layer Away

Now that you’ve got the basics covered, it’s time to get creative!

Just like you would when decorating your home, bring in stylish and practical accessories and add-ons that’ll help make your office space feel full of studied personality, and refreshing nuances.

This can be done via a trio of coordinating vases, a series of plush layered rugs for needed texture, and evocative artwork that’ll keep them inspired while lending the space needed personality.

That said, be sure to keep everything minimal in spirit to avoid potential distractions.

Personalize Office Design

While a therapist’s office design needs to be mindful of the clients it will serve, it still needs to reflect you as the therapist.

Be sure to add special touches that reflect travels, hobbies, education, collections, and other personal touches to make it unique and individual to you.