Specific Classroom Color Recommendations

Classroom Colors Can Influence             Students’ Mood

Research has shown that colors, like classroom furniture, can have a dramatic impact on student behavior and productivity at school. As children develop, the ideal colors for their surroundings shift. Here is a quick look at some recommended color choices for school buildings:

•    Preschool and elementary school children are comforted and stimulated by warm, bright colors such as fuchsia, lime green, bright orange and red
•    Middle-school students benefit most from medium-cool shades of blue, green and green-blues
•    High school teens are stimulated by darker shades of burgundy, gray, dark green, deep turquoise and violet
•    Hallways are the perfect place to experiment with more color ranges and to give the school more personality
•    Gymnasiums are best enhanced with active colors like red, orange-red, warm yellow, lime, medium green and orange
•    Cafeterias should utilize “nutritious” colors such as orange, red, dark brown and green
•    Auditoriums are best suited by dignified, regal colors like purple, navy, violet and burgundy
•    Libraries best utilize pale or light green to create an atmosphere of quiet and concentration

Research has shown that the color doesn’t have to be pervasive – even the painting of one wall in the classroom, or adding strategic accents, can have a similar influence on a child’s mood and productivity. This information can help in the interior decorating processes for new schools, while offering an easy, cost effective face-lift to existing school environments, too. With so much evidence linking color to performance, school administrators should carefully consider adding color to their classroom design plans.