Healthcare design trends

As a seating specialist we’ve worked with interior designers and architects in the research and planning phases of healthcare fitouts. To help with your next medical centre fitout, we’ve collated five healthcare interior design trends to help keep you informed and get you inspired.

#1. Promote patient health through light and colour

Using colour will create a space that feels more joyful. Ingrid Fetell Lee is a designer and an expert in joy. Her article ‘Imagining a more joyful children’s hospital’ has many inspiring examples which illustrate ways to add more joy to healthcare facilities. She explains that healthcare institutions can be an emotional place for people and colours can be used as a powerful method to inspire workers, patients and families and invoke positive feelings.

Bright artificial white light can be over-stimulating. Where possible, add more tranquillity to a space by harnessing natural light through large windows and skylights. Warm light bulbs help to create ambience. 

Colour can be introduced in a healthcare space through customised fabrics on seating. We worked with Urban Lounge Interiors to create inviting and beautiful spaces for the Grace Hospital Tauranga fitout. Waiting areas are transformed into welcoming spaces by adding custom upholstery to waiting room chairs. The visitor chairs complement the artistic wallpaper design to create a waiting room which is inspiring. You can read more about the design fitout in our Grace Hospital Case Study.

#2. Internal wayfinding

Hospitals and healthcare facilities can often be frustrating to navigate. This can be avoided by using a wayfinding system, where graphics and signage direct people around the space as efficiently as possible. Successful wayfinding ensures that both patients, staff and families know where they are, where they want to go and how to get there.

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane Australia uses extensive colour, natural materials and two and three-dimensional art to promote patient wellbeing and provide engaging distractions for young patients. This use of colour helps to create intuitive wayfinding through the building with the aim of providing reassurance and reducing stress.

#3. Design for health and wellbeing

Te Atatū Health is a great example of a medical clinic which incorporates elements of health and wellbeing. It’s a refreshing change from the all too common sterility and stark corridors of many clinics. Te Atatū Health have used off-white tones paired with olive greens, wood finishings, natural textures and plenty of plants to create a space which feels welcoming and warm.

#4. Choose durable, high quality, hygienic healthcare furniture

Healthcare facilities are hard-working, high-functioning spaces. The need for ergonomic and hygienic seating solutions in these commercial spaces is more important than ever before.

24/7 durable chairs
Buro’s 24/7 seating range is designed specifically for demanding work environments. Built to withstand the rigours of multi-user and multi-shift environments without compromising on comfort or support. It is ideal for a wide range of ‘around the clock workplaces. Providing a range of options that are both robust and ergonomic. Ergonomic office seating ensures staff are safe and healthy – no matter their body type and for how long they’re sitting.

Hygienic seating
Maintaining a high level of cleanliness will help create a space which feels fresh and invokes a sense of care. Our ErgoCare seating range does exactly this. The chairs are designed with easy to clean surfaces and all seating options are available in a wide range of hard-wearing, anti-bacterial upholstery coverings, which help to mitigate the spread of harmful bacteria.

Patient and visitor seating
While specific office seating is important for staff, the same applies to patients and visitors. 

The ErgoCare seating range features specific aged care furniture, such as the ErgoCare Rockford recliner, which is available as a manual recliner or an electric recliner chair. These chairs are particularly beneficial for those with limited mobility. 

The Buro Lindis is a guest chair upholstered in Black Dillion PU anti-microbial fabric. This visitor chair is ideal for waiting rooms and high use settings with its easy to wipe down surface. 


For over 25 years, Buro Seating has been a leading supplier of innovative ergonomic seating solutions. Our seating range is suited to a wide variety of industries including aged care, education, hot desking, home office, hospitality and architecture and design fitouts and healthcare.

Featured images: Grace Hospital Tauranga & Herlev Hospital in Copenhagen painted by Danish artist Poul Gernes.