Discovering MedSpa Design: A True Healing Space

Discovering MedSpa Design: A True Healing Space

The key to building a great medical spa is to have a clear understanding of your brand message along with an open mind in believing that design heals.

It may seem a little off, but brand positioning plays a huge role in medspa design. True designers never plan a concept for themselves but strategically build a core story based on what you want to tell your clients.

Interior Designers are visual storytellers and in order to give a great design we need to have the right story to tell. So ask yourself, who’s your target market?, what will attract them?, and how much are they willing to spend for your service?. Once you’ve figured this out you can easily build your brand message which determines your budget range, the size of space you need, along with the proper mood to set.

We at LA Healthcare Design take great pride in building a holistic approach to designing for a medspa. We strive to work beyond just the aesthetics but rather consider a full sensory experience – one that tickles your sense of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste. We believe that by doing so senses become alive and are reminded of its innate ability to heal the human body.

Sight is the most obvious aspect in an aesthetic project of course. However in each of our projects we like to build our mood board or core story through a carefully curated selection of hues based on color psychology.  This is a study of how color affects a person’s disposition beyond just setting the mood but by affecting human behavior as well. Colors such as blue often offers a calming and welcoming atmosphere, while red on the other hand encourages aggression.

As sensual beings, textures has a lot to contribute to the design experience. Surfaces in smooth and silky finishes are quite calm resembling that of a stream while sharp rugged items would say quite the opposite. Texture also adds a great deal of visual interest and balance by adding depth and shadows. This might be a little tricky though since it could either make your space look smaller or bigger if done properly.

Much like any traditional spa, great acoustics are highly important. Always remember that soft surfaces absorb sound while smooth and hard finishes reflect it increasing sound levels and echos. If your standard acoustical ceilings & panels don’t cut it you can always turn to our ever reliable technological gadgets such as sound masking systems to do the job.

However, designing  a space is more than just choosing materials like paint, fabric, wallpaper or furniture. There’s a whole range of technical considerations behind the scenes. Luckily that’s where our knowledge and expertise in understanding ergonomics come in handy. It’s also the skill we need to design for the sense of taste and smell.

Ergonomics is the study & process of designing and arranging workspaces so that users can interact more efficiently. This is more commonly known as space planning where in we carefully analyze and plan traffic flow not only to increases productivity but also profitability.

Traffic flow considers not only that of the staff but client as well. We often include beverage counters placed in key areas of a medspa to enhance the clients experience. Carefully considering when the refreshments should be available for ideal layout placement; what temperature it should be served at for proper refrigeration; along with how convenient it should be to access.

If all these considerations seem to be overwhelming, we in LA Healthcare design are always here to help. As professionals, it’s our responsibility to provide you with a design that not only fits your budget but makes the most out of it as well. The best part about having a experienced designer on your team you can avoid those expensive constructions mistakes, and we also extend our vendor discounts with you.

If you do want to tackle a medspa design project on your own just always remember to carefully consider the elements we’ve shared when building your visual core story. Make sure to always consider your clients experience in mind without sacrificing your teams efficiency and you’ll definitely be able to build a healing space everyone will love!

Mitra Pakdaman Silva

Mitra Pakdaman is the founder of LA Healthcare Design Inc., a Los Angeles-based interior design studio. Utilizing over ten years of in-field experience, she brings her elegant and innovative design concepts to the healthcare industry.
Mitra Pakdaman Silva