Jump into 2021 with modern healthcare interior design in chiropractic offices or find options for redesign

Design is never timeless; instead, it evolves with cultural influences. On average, the design style is “dated” every seven years. A designer’s goal is to stay one step ahead of the curve so that designs have the longest “staying power” for your office. This also applies to the interiors of healthcare in chiropractic offices.

In designing a chiropractic office, more than 4,000 decisions are made, all of which build on one another. To begin with, here are three key categories that will impact the foundation of your design and keep it trending for 2021.


For each project, start with your style first. “Style” is the general direction the project will go. The simplicity of the “mid-century” influence still dominates at the moment. The lines are clean and the elements are lighter and more minimalistic.

As usual in this era, rooms and floor plans are more open and continuous and create a sense of community.

Healthcare interior design: color

After you’ve set your style, start setting the tone with the colors you want in your room. There have been many studies of color and how it affects people psychologically. At the moment, gray still dominates as neutrality. We see this year that this popular shade has warmed up and lightened and is often mixed with a warm, neutral complementary color.

With the new gray as a neutral background, we see stronger colors that provide contrast. Navy and orange / rust rise as well as mixtures of healing green and pink and coral tones. These colors are combined by designers in a technique called contrast (see “Putting It All Together” below). Using lower contrast colors that are closer together in value and hue creates a more intimate and softer, quieter environment. On the other hand, using high-contrast colors creates more drama and energy.

Texture and pattern

After the style and color, you can begin to get more interest in texture and pattern. More dramatic textures and patterns are becoming more common in the design field. The luxurious vinyl floors, imitating neutral wood and smooth stone, give way to those that express man-made patterns with lots of character and texture. Carpet patterns are also becoming more prominent in healthcare interior design, both in a woven textured effect and in a dramatic and contrasting color / pattern.

Instead of dominating your space with rough, reclaimed wood, mix in other textures to stay more on trend. If you want to keep reclaimed wood, let it refine and add some smooth fabric on chairs or smooth floors.

Some classic textures you can always use:

  • The stone wall brings nature and strength to any environment.
  • Wood brings warmth and community to every room. We see woods becoming redder and / or lighter and adopting a modern mid-century variation with linear grain patterns dominating for many.
  • Natural textures like marble and granite add depth and a variety of interests. These are becoming more and more available as they are now cheaper artificial versions.

Put everything together

The three categories above are known as “design elements”. These elements are the building blocks and tools of design. In the classes I teach, we also review the most important “principles of design”. These principles are the proven basic guidelines for using design elements to create a successful interior. These principles are: balance, rhythm, emphasis, contrast, proportions and harmony. All principles must be adhered to in order to create a well-designed space, with the unifying factor being harmony.

The dictionary defines harmony as “a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts that make up a comfortable, consistent whole”. This is where designers do their magic. A designer can adopt the elements mentioned above (and many more) and create harmony. When all the elements of the room work together, complement one another and alternate cooperatively with one another, harmony is achieved and a successful “composite” environment is created.

Focusing on these key elements will make your healthcare interior design unique to you and your chiropractic patients and something you will be proud of for years to come.

Carolyn Boldt, IIDA, LEED AP, has more than 35 years of experience as a commercial interior designer. During this time, she gained a thorough understanding of the industry, which includes retail, hospitality, healthcare, corporate, sustainability, and moving design. She is a registered designer and director of CrossFields with the aim of creating practical and impactful environments that increase the success of chiropractic care.
She can be contacted via chiropracticofficedesign.com.