COLOR THEORY FOR CLASSROOMS AND SCHOOLS
Information on the effects of color on perception, physiology, and learning, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Books and Other Media
A Room to Learn. Rethinking Classroom Environments.
Faulk, Janet; Evanshen, Pam
(Gryphon House, Inc. , Jun 2011)
Based on the latest research about how children learn, this book helps teachers make their classrooms into creative spaces that facilitate teaching and learning. Geared toward showing teachers how to use the learning environment as a teaching tool, the book begins with research and exploration about designing classrooms for child-centered learning. It then delves into specific areas of classroom design such as use of color and plants, room arrangement, learning centers, and impact of clutter. With “before” and “after” photos of real classrooms, teachers can examine each area and determine their own classroom’s need for improvement. 192p.TO ORDER: http://www.gryphonhouse.com/
Colour Design for Better Classrooms.
(Canadian Adventist Teachers Network, 2011)
Discusses ideal colors for classroom walls, examining warm versus cool colors, color's affect on mood, how light affects color, creating a home like atmosphere, colors and eyestrain, and colors and temperature. 3p.
The Best Paint Color for Classroom Walls.
(eHow, Apr 01, 2010)
The right color shade can transform a distracted, frazzled environment into a calm and focused space. This discusses beneficial colors and what to avoid. 2p.
The Top Color Schemes for a School Classroom.
Stephenson, D. R.
(eHow, Jan 03, 2010)
Discusses considerations in choosing the best colors for a classroom, including color for quiet study, for physical exercise, for regular classrooms, for children of different ages, and for school hallways.
Realistic Contributions for Improving the Physical School Environment.
(California State University, Chico , 2010)
Identifies improvements to schools' culture, through various projects enhancing the physical aesthetics of the school. The premise of the project is based on findings from a survey, which was directed at the aspects of the schools' physical environment that caused increases in students' learning. This project provides a handbook of realistic resources for improving a school's physical environment. The handbook outlines four project ideas to be completed by the school community for minimal costs. The four project ideas are 1) School Murals, 2) School Garden, 3) Paint with School Colors Benches, Doors, etc., and 4) Plant Trees with Identification Tags. The projects are organized with step-by-step instructions for ease of completion. Additionally, the handbook provides resource ideas for funding. Creating an enriching physical school environment has been shown to improve students' attitudes toward learning, thus positively influencing test scores. This handbook is intended to improve the grounds and facilities of a school with the end result being a more motivated school community. [author's abstract] 144p.
Classroom Colors Make a Difference.
(Hertz Furniture Systems, Mahwah, NJ , 2009)
Discusses the psychology of color, color recommendations for classrooms, the effect of various colors on mood and concentration, and opportunities for adjusting classroom color through furniture and furnishings selection. 2p.
References to Journal Articles
Broad Brush. Colorful Strokes.
College Planning and Management; , p46-53 ; May 2012
Bold color and big statements can enliven a workspace on a budget. Describes the interior design for NYU-Poly.
Building Operating Management; Apr 2012
4-part series on the latest developments in greening paints. Manufacturers have developed the whole package: low-VOC paints that are readily tintable at the point of sale with low-VOC colorant and low-odor properties. Part 1: Paint Innovations Offer Facility Managers Green Benefits, Performance; Part 2: Check Paint's Certifications To Avoid Greenwash; Part 3: New Standards, Research, Promise Continuing Improvement In Paints; and Part 4: Showcase Products: Paints.
Infographic: What Colors Should You Use?
Design Taxi; Feb 2012
Infographic shows how color evokes emotion and triggers senses. The Psychology of Color explores what colors should and should not be used in interior decorating.
15 Low-Cost Tips for School Interiors
School Planning and Management; , p18-22 ; Feb 2012
Interior designer Carla Remenschneider and architects Jeanne Jackson and Steven Shiver share their favorite low-cost techniques for brightening schools, including ideas for casework, colors, furnishings graphics, lighting, windows, flooring materials, and sustainable materials.
Charles W. Morey Elementary School.
Architectural Record; v199 n1 ; Jan 2011
Profiles this Massachusetts elementary school that fits a large facility onto a tight site, and mimics the colors and textures of the surrounding residential neighborhood.
Special Needs Interiors.
American School and University; v82 n13 , p121,122 ; Aug 2010
Profiles special needs interiors in Richmond, Virginia, and Millersville, Maryland. Gentle design and soft colors are featured in these winning projects in the 2010 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors Showcase. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
Color, Perception, and Architectural Interiors
Architectural Record; Jun 2010
Explores the role of color in the human experience of perceiving our environment. Emerging information from a variety of sources suggest that appropriate attention to the details of color in specific settings can be directly used to not only shape us but to influence desired positive outcomes, particularly in educational, healthcare, and work settings.
Johnson, Heidi; Maki, Jennifer
American School and University; v81 n13 , p143-145 ; Aug 2009
Discusses study results indicating the beneficial effect of classroom color and full-spectrum lighting on off-task behavior, anxiety, and improved academic performance. Study methodology, surveys of student attitudes, and grade studies are described.
Color in School Libraries.
Elementary Librarian; Jul 17, 2009
The article mentions some important things to keep in mind when decorating a school library. It gives information on color, floor, and furniture. At the end of the article there is a compiled list from librarians on things that may be overlooked.
Color Your World.
School Planning and Management; v48 n7 , p29,30,32,33 ; Jul 2009
Discusses the impact of color on a room and its occupants. The varying utilities of calming colors (greens and blues) and stimulating colors (reds and yellows) for walls, furnishings, various age groups, and in various educational spaces is addressed.
Young Children's Color Preferences in the Interior Environment.
Read, Marilyn A.; Upington, Deborah
Early Childhood Education Journal; v36 n6 , p491-496 ; Jun 2009
This study focuses on children's color preferences in the interior environment. Previous studies highlight young children's preferences for the colors red and blue. The methods of this study used a rank ordering technique and a semi-structured interview process with 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children. Findings reveal that children prefer the color red in the interior environment. The color purple was preferred by girls. Cool colors were favored over warm colors. Recommendations are made for application of color in the child development environment.