Spring refresh at your dental practice? Fill your vision board with these #designtrends.

Art Deco, Scandinavian, Bohemian, and Mid-Century Modern — styles ideal for home … or home away from home (better known as your dental practice).

The bonus: each can help bring vibrance and showcase the personality of your practice.

Do bold colors, smooth lines, and geometric shapes inspire you? Check out Art Deco design styles.

Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, can be characterized by rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent details. A trend popularized during the roaring 1920s can incorporate glitz, glamour, and bold designs into your dental practice a century later.

Art Deco interior design

Add Art Deco into the dental practice today, with an accent piece, or an entire room. Where to begin?

  • Geometric shapes.
  • Animal prints.
  • Glamorous lighting and fixtures.
  • Statement mirrors.
  • Abstract ceiling designs.

Luxury styles of the Great Gatsby era are some of the most popular trends today.

Prefer simplicity? Scandinavian designs deliver.

First gaining attention around the 1950s, the Scandinavian interior design style is known for its functionality, minimalism and simplicity. Expect clean cuts, natural shapes and materials, along with a touch of abstraction.

Scandinavian interior design.

Want to incorporate aspects of Scandinavian design within your practice? It’s simple.

  • Warm textiles.
  • Combinations of natural materials ( think: wood and metal).
  • Neutral colors.
  • Fresh plants and flowers.

Scandinavian style advantage for the dental practice: a clutter free workspace. For a minimalist looking to scale back, Scandinavian the ideal match.

Ready to relax your spirit and practice vibe? Bohemian design speaks your language.

“The word ‘bohemian’ refers to someone socially unconventional and often involved in the arts, making it a great interior design option for a rich and heady space full of visual interest and a relaxed spirit.”

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‘Boho’ was founded by free-spirited people in the early 19th century and incorporated many cultures from all over the globe.

Bohemian interior design

Bring on the Bohemian style.

  • Simple base.
  • A play on patterns.
  • Distressed items.
  • Bright colors and metallics.
  • Layers.

Less is more definitely does not apply to Bohemian design. Looking to make a bright and exuberant practice? Bet on Boho.

Seeking functional and timeless appeal? Incorporate Mid-century Modern design styles at your practice.

In the late 1940s, after the end of WWII, mid-century modern design style evolved. Today it delights with its vintage vibe.

Mid-century modern designs use natural elements like wood beams and brick walls, then tie in a modern twist.

Mid-century modern interior design

Ready for retro? Lava lamps need not apply.

  • Vibrant colors (think: sage, orange, turquoise).
  • Modern textiles.
  • Vintage window treatments.
  • Low-lying furniture.
  • Abstract patterns.

Mid-century modern styles appeal with simple, clean and elegant aspects, and unique accents.

Ready to redefine your design? For expert advice, contact the CenterPoint Design team at 1.800.GOBENCO.

Where is healthcare design headed in 2020? #HCDcon #mondaymotivation

Each year, thousands of design pros unite to discuss the latest research, trends, and strategies with peers and experts at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.

Our CenterPoint Design team at Benco Dental attends annually and gains inspiration and new ideas for current and future dental practice projects.
At the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in November, I was able to participate at #HCDcon and today I’ll share a few ideas to provide #MondayMotivation for dental practices.

2 incredible dental office design ideas from HCDcon

  • Consider pastel and jewel tones. Pastel tones were featured at almost every booth that I visited. Light blue, sage green, lilac, and blush were the most common. A combination of the rich jewel tones with the light pastels (shown at top) created a great contrast and balance within the collections. Jewel tones most commonly featured were eggplant, emerald, and navy green.
Pastel tones (shown) took center stage at the Healthcare Design Expo in New Orleans. Shown are some vinyl options from Architex.
Patcraft flooring, Mark Making, shown, was created by a designer known for her watercolors. She used repetitive stokes to create this pattern.
  • Plan for future modifications with your current choices. Dental practices and hospitals can take months — or years –to build, and by that time new products and equipment needs to be incorporated into the space. Herman Miller (below), Kimball Health, and Steelcase Health all showed this trend with products to fit the new innovations that doctors and facilities are looking to incorporate. How do you prepare for continued innovation within the healthcare industry? Consider innovative practice designs.
    Herman Miller bonus: This Benco Dental vendor offers the ability to pattern match in two ways. They insure a pattered fabric is exactly lined up on the seams and can also pattern match so that the fabric is at the exact same place from chair to chair.
Herman Miller offers modifiable products to accommodate the innovations that doctors are looking to incorporate at their practices.
Herman Miller, above, offers the ability to pattern match in two ways. They insure a pattered fabric is exactly lined up on the seams and can also pattern match so that the fabric is at the exact same place from chair to chair.
Let’s talk textiles. Architex showed beautiful vinyl options (shown, above).

What other people are doing in the dental profession?

  • Focusing on the user experience. Incorporating similarities across multiple offices such as using the same equipment, colors, and scheme will make the patient feel comfortable. Including signature elements that repeat, such as check-in stations.
  • Addressing the generational divide. Create a space that attracts multiple generations at one practice.

Ready for more #MondayMotivation?

View more from the conference here.
Watch for an update after the next Expo, which will take place November 7-10, 2020 in Nashville, TN.

Me taking in the New Orleans scene at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference #HCDcon

How the dental practice can optimize the 2020 Colors of the Year.

A fresh coat of paint can offer a new outlook. But where to begin?

Use the “Color of the Year” selected by Sherwin-Williams (Naval SW 6244) and Benjamin Moore (First Light 2102-70) as starting points at your dental practice.

“Both colors foreshadow a shift in Interior Design trends from cool, gray neutrals to more welcoming, colorful interior spaces.  Pair either paint color with white and gold accents for an updated Art Deco look – a trend that is gaining popularity.  Or use both colors together to create a classic color palette!”

Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer with Benco Dental CenterPoint Design.

Anchors aweigh with calming Naval

Sherwin-Williams describes their 2020 “Color of the Year, Naval SW 6244, as a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence. And, according to the paint experts, “While you may think navy’s been done before – it’s never been done like this.”

Looking beyond the blue, this color is known to offer “infinite calmness and inspiration” whether it is used for the whole room, or just an accent piece.

According to Sherwin-Williams.com “Gold metallic accents and paint colors such as Tarnished Trumpet SW 9026 or Midday SW 6695 bring warmth to navy’s boldness for a pairing that’s meant to be, while shades of green and paint colors such as Kale Green SW 6460 introduce biophilia for a grounding, down-to-earth presence.”

Read more at: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/color-forecast/2020-color-forecast/2020-color-of-the-year-naval

The First Light for a ‘bright new decade’

“A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential.” Benjamin Moore describes their Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, as “the backdrop for a bright new decade”.

Benjamin Moore’s First Light offers a mixture between both warm and cool color components, which makes it easy to pair. It can be matched with a warm chocolate brown and light mauve, or a light taupe with a cool brown.

“Let’s use color to express ourselves, be a little more upbeat, and happy,” says Hannah Yeo, Color & Design Manager at Benjamin Moore & Co. “We all need that optimism in our lives.”

Read more:https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-of-the-year-trends-2020

Ready to begin an adventure in color at your practice?

While these shades vary from two different sides of the color wheel, they can tie together. The colors of the year allow you to express yourself, whether it’s with an accent wall at your dental practice or even a few chairs in your reception area. For expert advice, contact the CenterPoint Design team at 1.800.GOBENCO.

Bring joy to your workspace with Tu Storage from Herman Miller

These days it truly seems that less is more, as people everywhere are gravitating toward adapting a minimalist lifestyle. What does that mean exactly? Well, it’s all about living with less, getting rid of excess, and organizing (and appreciating) what you have.

Marie Kondo of the Netflix hit ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ inspires her clients — and homeowners everywhere — to embrace a minimalist lifestyle.

“Does it Spark Joy?” That’s a question organizational guru Marie Kondo asks her clients on the Netflix hit, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”   The show features inspiring home makeovers, all fueled by the premise of eliminating items that don’t bring her clients joy and satisfaction. The result?  Happy clients who feel lighter and happier after reducing clutter and organizing their spaces.  

This philosophy makes perfect sense at work. Since we spend a third of our lives in our 9 to 5 endeavors, organizing the workplace can not only enhance efficiency and enable us to work smarter, it can also make for a better state of mind. And while minimalist living might be a little extreme for some, there are proven benefits toward reducing clutter and creating a tidy space.

Can cluttered workspaces lower a company’s bottom line?

Yes, according to a study by the National Association of Professional Organizers. Researchers found that cluttered workspaces can lead to a company’s financial loss equivalent to 10% of a manager’s salary. It’s essential for your productivity — and your mental health — to keep your workspace clutter-free. And while it may seem overwhelming, the incentive to start organizing is undeniable.

Tu Metal Storage Cases

And this is where Herman Miller’s Tu Storage comes in.

Available to dental offices through CenterPoint Design and Benco Dental, Tu Storage is a modernized and personalized take on storage that accommodates the items people actually use. It keeps things for working and living nearby, so people have a more personal connection to their work and the workplace. In that way, Tu is an essential ingredient in tailoring individual workpoints to best support the work people do.

Another study done by the National Association of Professional Organizers showed that being organized will save you 60 minutes a day. Imagine how efficient you would be if you could find all the things that you were looking for, and didn’t get distracted?

Styles that seamlessly fit any décor

Tu is comprehensive in its material offering. Metal, laminate, and veneer finishes pair with metal and wood cases in a range of combinations. This visual versatility allows Tu to take on appearances from highly functional to warmly residential, allowing it to work in nearly any interior. As with all Herman Miller products, Tu has a thoughtfully-considered palette that contributes to enhancing the experience of people working together.

Tu Metal

Supporting the work

Tu Storage is an essential element for creating settings that support people’s work activities. It lets individuals easily store and access their belongings, both work tools and personal items, whether they have assigned workpoints or they use unassigned desks on a drop-in basis. And it all comes with a 12-year, 3-shift warranty.

In a blog published by Chron, author Devra Gartenstein says “Keeping your workplace organized isn’t just a matter of finding permanent places for essential items and instructing employees to replace them there. Workplace organization is a state of mind that takes ongoing work and thought.” 

Ready to de-clutter your space with Tu Storage from Herman Miller? Learn more about this intuitive way to streamline your office environment and bring joy into the workplace, call 1.800.GOBENCO

How to Choose Flooring for Your Dental Practice

Flooring that will stand the test of time is as essential as choosing a comfortable, sturdy dental chair at a dental practice. You want your patient to feel secure. You want the dexterity to give them a perfect smile; likewise, you want vinyl flooring that’s safe, durable and attractive so you can give your patients excellent care in a stylish environment.

“In the world of dentistry, we have seen Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) become a staple of the dental office floor. These floors can be found almost always in operatories, but we have also seen a trend using this material not only in the clinical area, but within the whole office.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer

The Mohawk Group offers contemporary Luxury Vinyl Tile (shown at top) style that looks great in an operatory, office or reception room. Before you begin your design plans, there are factors to chew over. Maybe you’re expanding your practice or are planning to start your first. Here are five things to consider before you buy a vinyl floor:

Durability

When you purchase flooring, especially if it’s your first time, it’s important to remember you’re buying commercial vinyl versus residential vinyl. Commercial vinyl flooring applications require a 20 mil wear layer in order to withstand heavy foot traffic and equipment. Wear layer in an important factor to consider when choosing LVT. Vinyl flooring can be measured by different wear layer thicknesses, such as 12, 20, 30, or 40 mils.

Commercial vinyl flooring typically ranges in thickness from 2.5 mm to 3 mm. Some commercial spaces install vinyl up to 5 mm, which allows the vinyl floor to align with the height of the carpet.

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The image features Shaw Contact “Cut” with a Cacao finish in 18″ x 18″ sections.

The photo above features Shaw Contact’s “Cut” LVT with two-to-three vertical accents in either brass metallic or nickel metallic. The unique visual of Cut mimics natural end-cut wood floors in which individual woodblock tiles connect in an imperfect, organic installation; therefore, individual woodblock visuals do not align.

“LVT has come a long way over the years with high-performance value, an array of aesthetic designs, and many benefits such as durability, cleanability, water resistance, price, life span, and maintenance.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer

Texture & Size

Two characteristics, texture and size, should be considered when selecting a vinyl floor. Textures range from smooth to light texture to highly textured.

Patcraft Oxidized
Oxidized by Patcraft; photo grab from patcraft.com

Vinyl flooring also has a variety of size options, such as 4 inch to 9 inch wide planks to 24 inch by 24 inch wide tiles to everything in between. If you are looking for something a bit unique, you can also find hexagon and triangle shaped vinyl flooring. Whatever your preference, there is one to fit your style and need.

The photo above shows Oxidized tiles by Patcraft.

Appearance

Strength is an essential factor in flooring. But if it doesn’t look good, why buy it? The LVT you purchase will be in your office for years, if not decades. Choosing vinyl that enhances your practice’s appeal will introduce an allure your patients will appreciate.

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Amtico Wood by Mannington; screengrab from manningtoncommercial.com

Mannington Commercial provides a wide-array of LVT design options to match your existing or planned dental practice, such as their Amtico Wood, (seen above).

Maintenance 

Many dentists choose to put LVT throughout their practices due to the fact that it requires little maintenance. Shaw Contact features ExoGuardTM, an exclusive urethane finish that protects against commercial traffic and requires no polishing.

ExoGuardTM consists of two elements. First, a top coat adds resistance to scratches, scuffing, and staining. Second, a primer coat — a layer added to the topcoat — adds adhesion and durability. Having LVT with this type of top layer can reduce the frequency and cost of cleaning services, saving you time and money.

Lifespan 

Luxury vinyl floors are designed to last. Every LVT floor provider mentioned in this article offers a limited commercial 10-year warranty, at a minimum.

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Indigenous Earth by Tarkett; photo grab from tarkett.com

Like any new product you buy, you want to see it, touch it—even walk on it! If you’re ready to order new LVT for your practice, visit one of three CenterPoint Design showrooms of the nation’s leading dental supplier, Benco Dental.

“Whether you are refreshing an old space or building new, LVT is a great option,” Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer at Benco Dental.

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Disclaimer: Warranty claims are subject to manufacturer approval. 

Can lounge chairs give patients cancer?

Flame retardant furnishings may have been created with protection in mind, but their after effects can be detrimental.

Chemicals used to treat the filling and upholstery of guest and lounge seating seen in many dental office waiting areas are considered by many scientists as the new lead.

They were invented to slow the spread of fires, but after decades of use, wide‐spread testing has shown they contribute toward hormone disruption and certain types of cancer.

Solving problems takes a creative approach — something the designers at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design embrace. Their goal: making sure your dental practice furniture works well, while ensuring the health and safety of your patients, and the planet.

Palisade Collection Palisades uses fire
retardant-free materials (Photo Courtesy Herman Miller)

Ask yourself, “Have we made the best choices possible?”

Only by continuing to ask that question and making sustainability a priority can we be confident in creating a better world.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, shifting to use of sustainable woods. (Photo courtesy Herman Miller)

Herman Miller furniture, distributed by Benco Dental, has added other well-being features to its product line, including:

* Curved edge surfaces to prevent bump incidents

* PVC free, non-flame retardant textiles on all seating

* Antimicrobial treatments on request only

* Takeback programs for end-of-life products

* Zero waste in manufacturing, reductions in water/energy and local resources

Mirra 2 Chairs, shown, reuse materials. (Photo courtesy Herman Miller)

Learn more about the well-being features Herman Miller includes in its product lines and how you can incorporate Herman Miller in your practice:

Contact Mandy Welman at 570-602-7011 or hermanmiller@benco.com

Want more for your dental office? Make room for Mora #HermanMiller

Get more with Herman Miller’s Mora — storage that puts people first. Organization Becomes Manageable at Dental Practices Mora’s design goes beyond built-in casework. Mora is purposefully designed to remedy basic storage problems while providing an elegant aesthetic. With personalized storage choices, you can stow supplies that need to be readily accessible and conceal less important items. […]

3 ways your office style can save the world (and easily update your look) #styleandsubstance

When Designtex visits the CenterPoint Design team at Benco Dental headquarters, it’s always a stylepalooza.

A major player in the world of textiles and applied materials, Designtex offers exciting fabrics, luxurious finishes and endless possibilities for the dental practice environment. Designtex offers an evolving catalog of over 8,000 materials, each one more innovative than the next.

This week, Designtex’s David Sims and Patrick McNulty shared three ways a dental practice can inject color, texture and a feel-good vibe with the interior designers at Benco Dental.

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Designers Amanda Griffith, Mandy Welman and Megan Chuzas enjoyed looking through all the new patterns and colors David Sims, Sales Representative and Patrick McNulty, Northeast Sales Director brought to share. (Photo: Donna Shrader)

 

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  1. WANNABE ECO-FRIENDLY? TRY THIS FABRIC THAT YOU CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT. Designtex’s Wannabe (shown), a felt material made to look like wool, is a post-consumer recycled polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. Ten or more bottles are repurposed to create a yard of the fabric.

“You can use them on walls or anywhere you’d like to add impact,” said David Sims, Designtex Sales Representative.

“A feature wall or reception space would benefit from this tactile material,” adds CenterPoint Interior Designer Mandy Welman.

“These commercial-grade fabrics are created with the dental practice in mind; most will be bleach-solution cleanable and able to endure the wear and tear of an office environment,” says Welman.

 

 

 

 

2. IS DI-NOC DE-LIGHTFUL? DENTISTRY’S DESIGNERS SURE THINK SO.
Why is 3M’s self-adhesive film (shown) a responsible choice.

CenterPoint Design’s Mandy Welman says, “DI-NOC offers the ability to repurpose a larger piece of furniture – such as a reception desk or custom dental cabinetry – rather than put it into a landfill.”

DI-NOC has the ability to conform to a variety of flat or curved surfaces, which allows you to refresh walls, doors, panels, ceilings, furniture and virtually any other surface.

It works quickly and cost effectively.

“Your practice is up and running almost immediately after installation,” explains Welman. “It also has low VOCs, which means your patients are not inhaling harmful fumes. “

 

3. COMING SOON: Fabrics for your interior seating will make patients feel better while they wait and staff feel energized while they work.
What makes the magic? Celliant® (above) a revolutionary, patented technology from Hologenix that  harnesses and recycles the body’s natural energy through the medium of fibers.

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined Celliant products  to be medical devices because they temporarily promote increased local blood flow at the site of application in healthy individuals.

According to Seth Casden, Hologenix CEO:

“Celliant-engineered products are the first of their kind that the FDA has designated as medical devices. Our technology can be used in everyday products – t-shirts, clothing, bedding, even airplane seats – to create an increase in local blood flow thereby increasing energy, boosting performance and speeding muscle recovery.”

“We believe that Celliant is a truly disruptive technology that has transformational applications for textiles,” Casden said. “We’re currently evaluating additional applications of Celliant in the healthcare space, where, for example, people who suffer from diabetes might benefit from increased blood flow to body tissue.”