We have worked on a handful of dental office designs for clients over the years — yes, we design commercial exteriors! — and thought it would be fun to round up our favorites for a blog post feature. Working on enhancing the curb appeal of business properties provides a unique set of challenges. Retail shop owners want to encourage foot traffic. Restauranteurs hope to convey an aesthetic on par with their dining atmosphere. And dentists come to us for professional, updated exteriors that match the level of care they deliver for their patients. However, many of the principles of exterior design that we use for homes ring true for office buildings, too. For example, balance, contrast, and drawing the eye to the front door, are all good practice, no matter the building’s use.
Read on for a handful of dental office exterior designs that we’re particularly proud of.
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#1 // Limewashed Brick + Improved Entries
This North Carolina dentist wanted to visualize limewash on the exterior of his family practice. He had recently renovated the interior of the building with a coastal theme and wanted elevated curb appeal to match. We suggested James Hardie siding in Cobble Stone on the dormers to coordinate with the limewash, and Sherwin Williams’ Toque White on the trim and soffit. New, better-fitting black shutters, copper gutters, and updated porticos with sconces complete the look. Note how you automatically know which is the main patient entrance because of the sign on the portico — such a smart solution by our designers!
#2 // Fresh Farmhouse Feel
This charming, small practice in Illinois got an updated façade with the farmhouse feel its owners requested. Vertical siding and trim are rendered in James Hardie’s White Bungalow. A metal roof awning over the large picture window in front provides visual depth, and the portico with warm wood columns, trusses, and a welcoming front door offer function and form. We even threw in a concept for a new name and logo via a wall sign!
#3 // Mid-Century City Dental Office
This dental office is in an urban environment and had cool mid-century vibes to start. We embraced the MCM aesthetic but used upgraded materials and elements to give the practice enviable curb appeal. The color palette includes Sherwin Williams’ Dark Knight on the siding; Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter on the stucco, eaves, and soffit; and Benjamin Moore’s Wasabi on the MidMod front door. Wood cladding accents, a screen wall, industrial columns, and contemporary lighting tie it all together.
#4 // Two Modern Options for Florida Remodel
This commercial building in Florida had been a restaurant but had fallen into disrepair. Its new owner was planning a complete remodel to repurpose it as a dental office and turned to brick&batten to visualize a modern new exterior design. We gave two paint color ideas for the Hardie® Architectural Panel siding: Benjamin Moore’s Wall Street (top) and Simply White (bottom). Both designs feature Sherwin Williams’ Tricorn Black on the trim. Next, vertical wood lap siding, near-black wood cladding around the entryway, warm gray ledgestone skirting, and a black metal roof bring the modern feel.
#5 // Natural Stone Practice Exterior
Another Illinois dental office design, and another mid-century property to add to the list, the design updates we suggested here were simple but made a huge impact. We love the natural stone cladding, so we worked to enhance it with some modern upgrades. First, we opened up the entryway with a glass front door and giant picture window sidelight. Then, we moved the screen wall to the side and added industrial-style columns to frame the entryway. Finally, a wide cut-stone stairway and wood cladding accent with the practice’s address and name make for easy and beautiful way-finding.
#6 // Two-Tone Cladding, Two Ways
Our designers used color-blocking to draw attention to the entry of this Missouri dental office, with two ideas for execution. The first option above is a Sherwin Williams color palette: Oyster White as the field color, Peppercorn in the center around the entrance, and Tricorn Black on the trim and windows. The second option shows Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy as the field color and Revere Pewter as the center highlight, with Sherwin Williams’ Caviar on the trim and windows. Plus, both designs help the owner visualize updated wall sconces, new double entry doors, a modern awning, new signage, and landscaping.
#7 // Bonus: Eye Care Center!
So this isn’t a dental office… but we love the design of this new construction ophthalmologist office so much that we included it here. The owners of this Arkansas practice got a design scheme from their architect that they weren’t loving. Their builder came to us for suggestions on look and recommended materials. We suggested a combination of vertical siding, lap siding, and brick, all in Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. Fiber cement siding in an Ash wood look and coordinating stone veneer accents provide texture. Additionally, black shingle roofing, trim, windows, lighting, and awnings offer contrast. Overall, this curb appeal feels modern, fresh, and welcoming.
Dental office design ideas to grow your practice
The Certified Commercial Investment Member Foundation conducted a comprehensive study that identified the three most important factors in exterior design for commercial real estate: architecture, atmosphere, and authenticity. If your dental practice’s curb appeal is lacking in any of these three areas, it may impact your patients’ experience. We know how hard business owners work to ensure they’re making a good impression in their community and for their patients, clients, and/or customers. We’re here to help make sure your property is delivering on that impression, too.
Give your patients a strong first impression of your practice with top-notch exterior design. All we need from you is a photo (or a blueprint) of your building and your ideas of what you’d like your curb appeal to look like. From there, we’ll get designing. You’ll receive a visualization of your upgraded property and a clickable resource list of materials to bring it to life. Get started today.
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