Defining Space & Changing Behavior with Color

School Color Plans                     Increase School Pride

Color choices in the classroom can have a large impact on student behavior and interaction, according to recent studies. Schools that have implemented color plans have found an increase in school pride as well as a decrease in both absenteeism and vandalism when compared to classes with only white walls.

As Dr. Willard R. Dagget, Jeffrey E. Cobble and Steven J. Gertel found, color can decrease problems with disruptive behavior and aggression by soothing students with calming blues and similar hues. Color choices also help to create order and procedure in classrooms. They can define spaces and illustrate where students should walk, which doors they should enter, and which sections of the room are designated for various activities.

Similarly, school furniture can have a dramatic impact on student behavior. Comfortable desks and chairs will help students stay focused and relaxed during their lessons without distracting them with cramps or aches.