The colors have the ability to stimulate a person’s mind which creates a balance and enhances the cognitive mindset. Similarly, colors in schools have a deep impact on student’s emotion. Earlier, schools were built only to meet basic requirements and less importance was given to color combination and color coordination. Mild colors such as beige, off-white and gray have dominated most of the classroom settings and hallways. However, modern educational institutions that we see today are focusing on color and design to create a purpose and identity and improve teachers and students educational experience.
A major factor while making interior design choices is to strike a balance between over stimulation and lack of stimulation. The research states that for preschool and elementary school bold colors would promote positivity and playfulness whereas for middle and high school subtle colors would increase concentration level and reduces anxiety issues.
Color Concept Theory
It is a proven fact that distinct colors generate different emotions and feelings in human mind. Here is a brief overview of how colors can manipulate people in a way that generates lasting effect on them.
Red: spurs action and improves concentration
Yellow: releases serotonin for happy mood
Orange: stimulates critical thinking and memorization
Blue: enhances creativity and improves memory power
Green: promotes concentration and releases stress
pink: reduces heart rate, soothing effect
White: represents simplicity
Suitable Colors to Use in School Environment
One of the biggest challenges faced by interior designers is choosing appropriate colors which would enhance the quality of classroom. It is certainly a big task to select colors while designing keeping in mind the child psyche which should drive them to leave their homes and settle in a comfortable environment for five to six hours daily.
Here are some of the recommendations for color choices to use in different settings within a school building:
1. Classrooms: blue is considered to be the most effective classroom colors. White will also go if it is accompanied by any other accent or designed wall.
2. Libraries: green is a good color to increase concentration level. So it is a good option for libraries where students need to focus on their studies
3. Cafeterias: orange color impacts on appetite which makes it appropriate for school canteen.
4. Gymnasiums: red and pink encourages the physical responses in a gym setting.
5. Offices: violet tone adds to the authoritative atmosphere in areas such as principle and counselor’s office. It can also be a great choice for an auditorium.
6. Exposed areas: black is the ideal color for concealing exposed areas in the school.
Corridors and lobbies: as it does not require any learning or concentration, people can choose any design of their choice.
For instance, they can use school design or logo to create a sense of identity.
Additional School Design ideas
1. Integrate accent walls: accent walls are walls painted in a different color from other rooms. Focus on a particular room and design it to give it a unique touch
2. Add paintings or graphics: hang wall graphics or mural paintings to enhance the beauty of the room. Hanging quotes, nature scenes can serve to inspire them and help to relish in the premises during their stay.
3. Color coding in different sections of the building: give distinct colors for floor tiles, walls and ceilings to help students distinguish entrance from hallways. It aids students to locate specific areas within a given space.
The hues and colors strike a major difference in reliving the mood and establishing a learning mindset which creates a synergy between a pupil’s interest and the effort of the scholar for better curricular goals. This evidently reflects about having not only the best curriculum but an ambience that influence the learning temperament.
The Changing Dynamics of Educational Infrastructure In terms of School Architecture and Interior Design
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