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The Best Color Schemes for School Classrooms

Dianna is a writer with a background in education and business. She writes to inspire and encourage others.

Pale yellow allows teachers to display a variety of colors without too much of a contrast

Pale yellow allows teachers to display a variety of colors without too much of a contrast

What Color Is Your Classroom

The palette of colors in a school classroom is extremely varied. Walls are often painted from warm to cool and accented with shades and hues that contrast in color. During the 50s, 60s, and 70s, schools painted the walls pale green or creamy white. There was little variation in color across the nation.

Color is an integral part of our lives and visually affects how we perceive our environment. Color affects our emotions and feelings and stimulates our moods either positively or negatively. Many people have a preference for certain colors due to their cultural background, gender, or geographical region.

Our homes are decorated in certain colors and will set a basis for color preference in the environment outside our homes, such as a classroom. That said, it would make sense to provide our children with classrooms complementary to a home environment.

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Consider the effect green has in a school hallway. How can you carry the emotional experience of harmony into the classroom?

Consider the effect green has in a school hallway. How can you carry the emotional experience of harmony into the classroom?

One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well.

Vincent Van Gogh

How Color Affects Children

Hue, brightness (value), and saturation (chroma) are basic attributes of color. Hue helps us to distinguish color while brightness helps us to understand color relationships to achromatic colors such as black and gray. When you consider how colors work together and establish our understanding of preferences, you can perceive how they elicit emotion and feeling within us.

If you use a combination of colors in a school classroom they should complement each other and provide an environment that stimulates learning in children and not cause a distraction. Believe it or not, the glare of a wall done in a high-gloss, vivid color can make note-taking difficult.

Color meanings have long been studied for their effect on school children. Results have proven that lighter colors such as yellow and blue elicit positive feelings while darker colors such as deep blue, black or gray create negative emotions. The color red has been known to cause anxiety in some children. Colors can also make a room seem smaller or larger and if you have children who need space, this should be a consideration when choosing wall colors.

ColorColor MeaningPositive or Negative


Balance, harmony, nature



Order, direction, peace, spiritual



Earthy, structure, support, honesty



Pure, light, innocence, completion



Sunshine, renewal, hope


Yellow in a classroom color scheme is attractive to most children. It promotes a peaceful learning environment

Yellow in a classroom color scheme is attractive to most children. It promotes a peaceful learning environment

How to Implement a Color Scheme

The colors in a classroom create an environment that helps to stimulate learning and prevent anxiety. It is important to note that color also affects children differently according to age. Younger children below five are empowered by bright colors such as yellow. Older children work better in rooms painted in light shades of blue and green which are less stressful and distracting. Adding cushions, rugs, and soft materials in paler shades will not only enhance the learning environment but will add a touch of home to the classroom.

The furniture in the classroom should also be a good color match for the classroom. As more schools are going green it is suggested that the furniture be a light-colored natural wood. Other green ideas are skylights and large windows that provide not only good lighting but bring out the colors of the walls.

As color is a necessary part of children's positive perception of life in general, it is a good idea to use bright colors that stimulate movement where appropriate such as in hallways and gymnasiums. Suggested ideas are shades of purple, red and yellow.

Color schemes in a school classroom can be used to increase comfort and promote learning. Although some schools may have a preference for certain colors, consideration of how colors affect children should be a factor in making a final decision in painting a classroom.

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Blue can be used to accent room decor. Keep it minimal, though, so that it doesn't overpower the main classroom color

Blue can be used to accent room decor. Keep it minimal, though, so that it doesn't overpower the main classroom color

Questions & Answers

Question: What are inspiring colors for a teacher?

Answer: Teachers have personal choices on room color and vary on preferences when it comes to preparing a room for students. Many base their decision on what they teach, the size of the room or even their favorite color. However, color must be one that promotes comfort and inspires a good learning environment.

Question: Does the design in a classroom necessitate the use of colors?

Answer: Regardless of design, color adds meaning to the learning environment. As stated in the article, certain colors stimulate thinking while others may deter the ability to concentrate. A neutral color background is best as it can be accented with colors for added interest.

Question: What are the most inspiring colors for students and why?

Answer: Students have individual color preferences. The learning center or classroom merely sets the environment with a neutral background for creative thinking and learning.

Question: What colors keep a child happiest?

Answer: Each child will associate with a color of choice but keeping a neutral color with added enhancements will make for a pleasant experience.

Question: Is purple considered a positive color for students in Special Education?

Answer: Working with ESE classes, I have found the use of neutral colors with lighter pastel accents work best.

Question: What do you, the writer of this article, think of green grass wall color for primary school classrooms?

Answer: I like the idea of bringing the outside indoors with color, especially using green and blue. Adding posters and decor to compliment in neutral colors will certainly bring it together.

© 2012 Dianna Mendez


Nictech on March 26, 2020:

Please what color can i use for the exterior of primary school building

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 13, 2019:

CDBB, for certain children, the teacher is the best judge on what colors motivate learning. Perhaps allow the children to vote on it. That would be fun and help set the path for them.

CDBB on April 11, 2019:

what would be the best color to use in a high school science room that serves at risk kids?

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 08, 2019:

Jing, if a school serves specialized students such as art or photography, red would inspire creativity. Other ideas would be to use a neutral color with a hint of red accents on the walls such as with pictures or design.

jing on April 04, 2019:

I want to color the hallway of our school, is red color good?

Dianna Mendez (author) on February 10, 2019:

Bill Stockwell, You do see lockers in most hallways these days. In the winter states, shades of green and blue may prove better for the spirit than the "white" snow pallet.

Bill Stockwell on November 20, 2018:

In a high school hall environment, the dominant feature is row upon row of lockers, especially in our northern climate where coats, boots, and hats/gloves must be exchanged for books each morning and afternoon. Is it your opinion that a shade of green would best evoke positive attitudes toward learning, or does it really matter?

Tina on November 17, 2018:

Say hello here.Color psychology is a great ideal to use in our teahing class room.May I know what methods to support your idea to use it in your teahing .

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 16, 2018:

Daisy, I am glad this article helped you to find a good color scheme. It is quite important in helping children keep focused.

Daisy C. Umbao on November 03, 2018:

The ideas you shared about best color scheme for a classroom is very helpful I am pretty sure now about the color I should use in restructuring my classroom.Thank you.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 08, 2018:

Timerie, musicians are so creative and love designs and patterns. Perhaps providing a neutral background with bold accents such as musical notes would ignite their passion for music. Or perhaps give them a wall to post their idea of art and music on a black wall as a background -- very artistic.

Timerie on October 01, 2018:

What color should I use on the bulletin boards of an elementary music/Orchestra classroom? I don't want the kids to be overstimulated but I'd like their creativity to be stoked. Suggestions please?

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 18, 2012:

Great idea John! I think colors are something we can use in classrooms to help kids connect with each other. This method works very well! Thanks for your add to this hub. Enjoy our weekend.

Joanie Ruppel from Texas on October 17, 2012:

I teach music at a child care center and up until last year, we had our students grouped by color teams (Red team, Green team, etc.). We found out that the students in the red room were very "active." It was then we did some color studies and decided to paint the rooms white and use the team color as accents. Big difference!

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 22, 2012:

One of the first things kids love to do is add color to something. Many parent has had to wash the walls of their home because a child found it needed colorful markings. Color does affect a child's mood, especially as it surrounds him daily in the classroom. Thanks, Missy Mac, for you added value to the hub topic. Enjoy your weekend.

Missy Mac from Illinois on September 22, 2012:

Colors effect the overall classroom environment in a classroom. Students care about the cleanliness and how a classroom can have a baring on their overall impression. As educators, we select colorful material for bulletin boards and activities. Colors can impact the way a child feels about his/her classroom. Good article.

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 09, 2012:

When I did contract work for a marketing company, they had the same set-up: gray décor, walls, etc. It was clean and organized but very dull and unmotivating. Your are right, a pop of color, even if only on one wall would have done a world of good for moods. Millionaire, thanks for add to the content. Your validation as a professional is valuable.

Shasta Matova from USA on September 09, 2012:

I have read several psychology studies on color, and find if fascinating how color can affect our mood so much, and in different circumstances. Our office at work was entirely gray - gray walls, gray carpet, gray paintings!, gray cubicles. There were cubicle partitions that were red, and I specifically asked for a cubicle that had a red partition. As they downsized, the office seemed downright lonely and cold walking down the long hallway passing all the empty gray cubicles with no change. Lime green, dusty rose pink, and birds egg blue with touches of every other color for me.

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 29, 2012:

Jen, I am sure you make your classroom work well in spite of the color. Thank you for stopping in to leave a comment. So valued!

jenbeach21 from Orlando, FL on August 29, 2012:

Very interesting! I wish I had this when I was buying paint for my classroom.

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 28, 2012:

Catalina, good color choices for the different classes, accented with complimenting colors would be really invigorating! Thanks for your votes and visit here. Take care.

catalinafr on August 28, 2012:

Great hub. Voted up! It was really interesting reading!))

As for me, I'd paint biology class in green and literature class in beige))

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 16, 2012:

Sunshine, blue is the top color pick for classrooms. I'm sure your daughter' class will enjoy the calming backdrop during the busy learning sessions. Thanks, friend, for checking in here.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 16, 2012:

This past weekend I went to help my daughter redo her PreK classroom and we painted the cubicles a bright blue and the walls are pale blue. I voted blue! Excellent article. I'm a blue fan.

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 16, 2012:

Nell, it's interesting that you mention blue as a choice preference. Most people like blue in a classroom for the feeling of peace it provides. Thanks for your visit, let's hope grey will only be used as a color accent in the future.

Nell Rose from England on August 16, 2012:

Hi teaches, I totally agree with you. I remember my classrooms, they were drab and grey, or just brown and yucky looking. I love color and I think your ideas are spot on. I am synesthetic so color means a lot to me, I am sure I would have felt a lot calmer in a blue classroom, wonderful! nell

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 16, 2012:

Janine, I'll bet your students really thrived under your wings and in your room with such a positive attitude. Thanks for your visit and support.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 16, 2012:

I usually couldn't paint my classrooms, because the school does that, but I always tried to decorate my classroom as aesthetically pleasing as possible with posters and even the kids work as the school year went by. That said loved this article on the top color schemes and of course shared and voted up Dianna :)

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 16, 2012:

Docmo, gray would be interesting if accented with bright colors. Yes, thankfully, schools are catching on to the benefits of color in promoting a learning environment. Thanks for your input and loyal support.

Mohan Kumar from UK on August 16, 2012:

I shudder at the memories of drab grey classrooms.. thankfully more and more schools are looking to better , inspiring color schemes. This is a great hub on the reasons to choose vibrant colors.. great facts, very useful! shared.

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 13, 2012:

PrairiePrincess, color is such a motivator with young children and it's good to know that the special ed teacher made her room classroom a real learning center. You are always a welcome visitor on the hubs.. take care.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on August 13, 2012:

Teaches, very interesting idea for a hub. I am all about colour, and I have always wanted to paint my classroom but was never allowed to. I do remember the special ed teacher at one of the schools I taught did her room very brightly, with the kids' help and it was so inviting, I thought.

This is very good research in regards to colour in the classroom. Thanks for this!

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 11, 2012:

Thanks, lyricwriter. I agree colors make up so much of our world and affects our moods. Great add to the hub interest. Take care.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on August 11, 2012:

Voted up, useful, and interesting Teaches. Your right on with those creamy colors of the past. Most the schools where I live are creamy and from that time period. Colors can enhance your mood or put you in a raw mood, it is true. The right colors in a classroom are vital and this was very educational. Colors apply anywhere you go, even your home. The right combo is important. Cool hub teaches. Best to you gal:)

scribblingdaddy on August 02, 2012:

I am familiar with the veterans on the school board not wanting change! Great point. Personally I would put tons of colorful posters up. My rationale was if they are not paying attention to me (!) at least they will maybe look and learn from the décor. Great point about properly introducing the color scheme to special needs students. I never thought of that!

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 01, 2012:

Scribblingdaddy, you have brought some very interesting and truthful thoughts to the table. Yes, sometimes the budget is what decides the color scheme, and yes, the veterans on board sometimes do not want change. It is hard to implement new ideas, especially paint and décor when the teaching is what really matters -- as it should. Children wit special needs do need to be introduced to change over time so that they are not alarmed. I worked with special needs children and they do love color when it is properly introduced. Thanks for your input here, let's hope that these ideas posted on color scheme will help those that want a little positive change.

scribblingdaddy on August 01, 2012:

Thanks for the article! When I was a teacher, I was cognizant of the overall aesthetic in my classroom. This was easy when I actually had a classroom to myself. A lot of teachers "float" and have no say in the overall décor. Also, veteran teachers can be very territorial and eschew changes that newer, younger teachers wish to implement. This goes for color presentation as well. I always strove to have a lively, colorful presentation in my room as much as possible. This is good for most students, but those with learning disabilities, autism, aspergers and other such maladies may become distracted by the color choice. Another point to consider is budget. I worked on the county paint crew once and the choice of colors that we painted in the schools was partially dictated by what could be afforded at the district level. In the end, I agree that a classroom's color scheme and overall presentation are somewhat important, but the real emphasis should remain on finding the best teacher who can motivate and help students succeed. This can be done in any setting, regardless of color scheme. Thanks again for your very thought-provoking article!

Dianna Mendez (author) on July 21, 2012:

Internpete, schools have become a little more aware of how paint colors affect learning -- thankfully! Yes, I remember those lime green walls as they reminded me of my Doctor's office. Not such a great connection at tmes! Thanks for sharing and your visit. Be safe out there!

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on July 21, 2012:

What an interesting hub! In my high school in Japan, all the walls were unpainted cement or some were painted white. I don't think it affected me very much, but it probably would have been much better to paint it a more positive color! Great hub, and I am sharing this with my sister, who is becoming a teacher!

Dianna Mendez (author) on July 08, 2012:

Snow, it's a great motivator: color makes your mood in a primary classroom. Have a wonderful day, get out there and enjoy it!

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on July 08, 2012:

it is indeed very important that we put colors in the classroom especially if it's primary grades. they love colorful walls and will happy and inspired. colorless or brown or black/dull colors would make them boring.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 29, 2012:

Sofs, colors are stimulating in a child's learning environment but let's keep them simple and basic. I think some schools overdue the themes and cause kids some hyperactivity.

Sophie on June 29, 2012:

Our schools are littered with colors... and there is so much stimulation and distraction all around.. A good choice of color is very important... Great hub.. I love the different aspects of schooling that you bring up in each of your hubs. Thanks for sharing.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 24, 2012:

Kids relate blue to the sky and clouds, which in a room equals open space and calm. Red is ok in larger, movement places like a gym (I have it in my livingroom!), but in a classroom it's best as an accent. Glad you came by here, Rebecca. I value your opinions.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 24, 2012:

How interesting. I knew that blue is soothing and to stay away from re. But you have taken this concept of color in the classroom to another level. Great Hub!

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 18, 2012:

I am glad the hub proved a positive experience for you, twentyfive. I myself would love to go back with the knowledge I have now so that it would be more enjoyable. LOL! Thanks for your visit and support. Take care and be safe.

twentyfive on June 18, 2012:

You make me miss school days so much. :) This is a very excellent and well explained hub.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 16, 2012:

I love yellow and it's brightness does much for younger kids. It is not as popular a color scheme as the others mentioned, but I will update and add it for reference. Thanks for the insight to the hub, Alocsin. You always have great suggestions. Take care.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 16, 2012:

I agree that kids are turned on by yellow but I'm surprised you didn't have a meaning for it in your table. Voting this Up and Useful.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 16, 2012:

You and me both, Angela! I actually work in a college setting right now and it's been a year since I've walked the halls of a primary grade school. They have been updated. Thanks for you visit. Take care out there.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 16, 2012:

Okay the pictures make me want to go back to school! Just to visit! LOL

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 15, 2012:

We have come a long way from the traditional green and white school room. I think the children are benefiting from schools who take colorful walls into consideration. Thanks for visiting and rating the hub. Take care, my friend.

anglnwu on June 15, 2012:

I totally agree with you--colors and mood go together. Classrooms should be made conclusive to learning with the use of appropriate colors. I love white, blue and green and I'm glad they are listed in your hub. Rated up.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 15, 2012:

Shades of green are a good backdrop to work with. You can add touches of color in appropriate areas to stimulate learning. Thanks for the great add to the topic, Donnah. I loved your visit here. Take care.

Christy, colors are inspiring on any topic for me also. Thanks for your share, visit and supportive votes. Glad you got something from the read. Have a great weekend.

Mary, blue is the color of the sky and is always such a comfort. Some schools have added soft clouds to the ceiling and it works well for the kids. Great contribution to the hub. Thanks for your support and votes. Take care.

Lindacee, thank you for validating the color palette for classrooms. I love neutral backgrounds as adding splashes of bright color make for a home-like feel to a school room. Be well and safe.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on June 15, 2012:

I remember those sickly green walls very well! Such a drab color choice. I could see doing neutral colors on the walls and introducing more vibrant colors through furnishings. What you say makes sense. Anything we can do to give our students an edge is worth it, and introducing stimulating color palettes seems to be a relatively inexpensive way go! Voted up, useful and interesting!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 14, 2012:

As one who loves the color blue, I guess I'd like all classrooms painted a medium blue. I think blue is relaxing and peaceful. Might be too relaxing for school kids (they may nod out). Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 14, 2012:

This is one of my fave hubs of yours yet, teaches! You know I never thought about the classroom's colours. But your hub makes so much sense. I vote up, useful, and will share too. Great work.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on June 14, 2012:

Oh the mint green walls. I am glad that the school I work in is a bit more modern than the HS I went to. My classroom has beige walls. I have a dark green chalk board (which I will not give up), a white board, and a white interative board spanning one wall. I have another wall of green cabinets, but they are a nice green with a darker green counter. My back wall is a big huge bulletin board that opens into the next room. It too is green, a nice green. I never thought about the color really. I do try to spice it up here and there with bright posters and bulletin boards, especially in the rather dark entryway of the room. Creating a calm atmosphere where students can focus and work is important. I was never concious of the color's role in that, but I see now that it does help set the tone.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 14, 2012:

Hello Paul. Thanks for your validation of older kids preferring cool colors. I love those fifth graders as they are still wanting to learn and explore education. You sound like a great teacher! Take care.

Phdast7, good to see you here on the hub. I am with you on the green. Love it, but let's have shades and mixtures with other complimentary colors. And, yes -- I believe that the brighter colors in active areas promote energy and lift the tired spirits a little. So thankful for your add to the topic. Take care and be well.

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on June 14, 2012:

Great Hub on the importance of color. I grew up on military bases and saw lots and lots of that pale, boring green. I hated it, but in general I like a wide variety of greens, it just has to be the right shade. Green was my top choice as the basis for a classroom palette. It was encouraging to see that on the choices list. I also like the fact that you mentioned that areas where more movement is allowed or required (hallways, gymnasium) can handle brighter, more intense colors. Helpful information. :)

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on June 14, 2012:

This is a very interesting and useful hub. My fifth grade students and I were discussing warm and cool colors today, and the majority of the students preferred cool colors. Voted up and sharing.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

Green was the color way back when! However there are newer shades of earthy greens that are attractive. Yes, I think we agree that the old schools must have gotten bargains on the green. Thanks for your support Truthfornow.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on June 13, 2012:

I always wonder why they make classrooms so drag and boring. I guess because they get the paint for cheap. A little color would liven up any room, but especially important for the classroom. Interesting how no one is picking green as their color of choice. My vote was for blue. Your hub was very detailed and interesting. Thanks.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

Jools, thanks for sharing your classroom colors for comparison. Sounds like your school is pretty up to date on décor that adds to the learning experience. Take care and be safe.

Breakfastpop, thanks for your support and votes. Some colors are more relaxing than others but overall, they do definitely impact your mood. Take care.

breakfastpop on June 13, 2012:

Color has a major impact on our mood and our ability to concentrate or relax. This is a very important hub. Voted up, interesting and useful.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on June 13, 2012:

I don't remember the colour of my classroom walls. I work in new school which has a colour scheme throughout its wide open long central corridor 'the street' one end a Pantone green, the other Pantone purple. The classrooms are white but very colourful with displays etc so all in all it's pretty colourful throughout. This is an interesting hub and I agree that colour does have a huge effect on the children.

Voted up.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

You and I both were taught within those green walls. I can still see them today in my mind. It would have been nice to have a classroom with walls of color that promoted a positive learning experience. Thanks for your add to the topic and support. Take care, my friend.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

Your comment is interesting, Krsharp. I am so glad to know that there are places that consider how color affects a young mind. Thanks for your add to the subject. You have a good day and be safe.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

Simone, I am glad that you enjoyed the topic. Yes, I think most of us had those same basic color schemes. Guess back then they thought it would keep us focused. Have a good day today, my friend.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

Kelley, you are always such a great support. Your mention of light is so important, the color is affected by the light and it does make a difference. Thanks for stopping in here. Have a great day.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

Thanks Vellur, I appreciate your comments on the topic as I know an artistic person such as yourself knows the value of color and thought process.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

Hello,my friend. Likewise, Bill, I learned and taught in rooms that were painted the same green or bright white. It was ok, but think of how much more we could do with a room today! ...if only.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

WD, thank you for your insightful contribution on color. Coming from a professional artist it means much to me. It is interesting how color affects a person's state of mind. I have studied color meanings and watched over the years how people react differently to a subject based on the color environment around them. I appreciate your visit and support. I am going to look into your hubs, as I expect that you have some really good topics on this.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 13, 2012:

Thanks for validating the hub topic content, Sturgeoni. Your support means much to me. Take care and be well.

Kristi Sharp from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on June 13, 2012:

Color is so important! We used color everywhere in boys homes. Bright colors were for classrooms and soft colors were for padded cells and bedrooms. This is excellent and very informative, teaches.

Miche Wro on June 13, 2012:

I am like the first commenter, I hated those green walls in high school. I never even thought to put school colors with stimulation of the brain and focus. Never. Great up.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 13, 2012:

I really enjoyed looking over the various effects each color has in your table! I wish classrooms were generally more colorful. I was exposed to a LOT of taupe as a kid, and I hated it.

kelleyward on June 13, 2012:

Another fantastic hub teaches12345! I am one of those people affected by light and color. I think color is vital to successful learning and feel what you wrote here is extremely important. Voted up and shared socially! Take care, Kelley

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 13, 2012:

Colors brighten up the classroom. A dull boring grey would definitely put off students. Great information on classroom colors and their meaning. Interesting and useful. Voted up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 13, 2012:

Something I never thought of for my classrooms. We usually ended up with whatever color they had the most paint of....when I did have a choice I usually went with blue but simply because I liked it.

Interesting read; too bad I'm retired now from teaching. :)

WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on June 13, 2012:

You are preaching to the choir. I am an artist. I taught vocational classes at an adolescent mental health facility for 10 years. We painted everything, and the facility was all about creating the best atmosphere.

There are studies that indicate the effect of colors on mood and behavior. As an artist, I have learned that colors change in relationship to each other. Sometimes it is a complex interaction. That is why I am glad that you stressed color schemes. Every aspect, even the carpet or tile should come into play.

I had an apprentice program where we painted murals on the residential units, and academic hallways. Much to everyone's surprise, they were almost never damaged by the teens who often acted out with "property destruction". On one unit, we did silhouettes of palm tress and such over a gradient background on the overhead wall (4'x 90') around some recessed lighting (community area/living room).

The colors were bold, but the scene gave a feel of space and a windless sunset. The staff noticed that the "clients" weren't as antsy when they had mandatory gatherings, and more kids chose to hang out in the community area to read or chat.

Great hub!

Sturgeonl on June 13, 2012:

I agree that creating an asthetically pleasing environment for students with color is a consideration that is easy to do and can make a big difference in the overall quality of the learning environment. Interesting hub!

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 12, 2012:

RTalloni, the funny thing is that my doctor's office at the time was the same green! If you connect the two places it would cause anxiety. How funny is that? Thanks for your visit here as I always appreciate your insightful comments. Take care.

RTalloni on June 12, 2012:

Oh those green walls of my school days. High school was the worst! It took me a long time to get over it.

What you mentioned about the importance of the right finish is interesting. I like pale colors on three walls and a deeper color on one for classrooms. All four colors should be different, at least different tones of the same color.

Colors in schools most definitely should increase comfort while they promote learning. This is a helpful look at an important topic--thanks!

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