How will you color your classroom?

I always knew that color affects people differently but I then started to think: “Can color affect how students learn?”   

Since we are preparing our classrooms for our new school year we should be prepared to understand what can help or be a detriment to our students. We usually use posters, charts, and other décor but consider the backdrop while planning out this year’s classroom space.

Color can be used to help gain students’ focus and increase their learning. However, if the wrong color is used, it could also be a detriment to learning. 

High contrast and bright colors are intellectually stimulating and can increase mental focus for younger children. Those same colors can be too distracting for older students.  More subdued hues can be less distracting in the upper grades. 

We can use this knowledge to our advantage!

If we know that high contrast and bright colors are distracting, then think about putting those bright colors where you tend to do more demonstrating which would draw greater attention in that direction. 

Using neutral or pastel colors (blues, greens, primary colors) in the area where students are to work and concentrate, allows better productivity due to their soothing nature and decreased distractibility.    

Due to this calming effect, students are more open to new ideas.

Use yellows and oranges to help students’ creative energy but stay away from white and off white shades which are boring, make students restless and cause frustration.

Do you want students to pay greater attention to detail?  Use red!  It is known to energize and make students more attentive to mistakes.  But beware that red does not invoke creativity, but is linked to aggressive behavior!

So what will you do?  How will you prepare and set up your classroom?  Let us know what you have done, post your pictures, what has worked and how it has worked. We would love to hear from you!



NeoCON. The Impact of Color on Learning. (accessed August 2, 2012)

NPR. Study: Seeing Red, Blue Affects Outcome of Tasks. (accessed August  2, 2012)

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