We at SpaceBoat are constantly curating spaces/experiences, that bring an inspirational learning environment to both students and educators. Usually, when it comes to an educational environment and classrooms, function supersedes aesthetics and colour. But even the great artist Picasso has suggested, colours affect our emotions and they simulate our learning experiences.
‘Colours, like features follow the changes of the emotions.’
– Pablo Picasso
In our daily lives we humans come across so many colours that they often go unnoticed. This doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve attention. Our acquaintances with colour accredit to a major part of the existence of colour psychology as a separate dimension of understanding. Although human vision can observe only a certain spectrum of colours, they may still have entirely different impacts on an individual’s experiences.
The entire colour spectrum is divided into two parts – warm and cool colours. The warm colours are more towards the hue red and cool towards blue. Warm colours exude energy, warmth, collaboration, teamwork, happiness and creativity but can feel chaotic or stressful. Cool colours, on the other hand, encourage calm, authenticity, trust, and productivity. Also, the amount of saturation on a certain hue defines the intensity of that specific colour. Intense colours tend to stimulate people, whereas less intense and subdued colours have a soothing and calming effect.
Classrooms are designed based on the age-groups they are catering. Although the furniture and the educator may be right if these classrooms are sharing the personas of two different use cases the learning experience gets hindered. For eg, flip-board chairs in a pre-school classroom with the best educator is not suitable for entrance exam coaching. Let us take on individual classroom types, to formalise an environment conducive for learning with accurate colour application.
The classrooms for students in this age group should yearn to provide them with an active and engaging environment. High saturation tones of red, blue, green and yellow are the appropriate choices in this setting, as pre-schoolers are familiarised with them in their curriculum. They may also be used to provide distinction in applied spatial applications to guide the kids inside the classroom, for eg, cooler colours like blue can be used for the reading area, and warmer colours like red and yellow can be used in areas for activity within the facility.
Middle and High-school Classrooms
White as it seems, is deemed to be the appropriate colour for most of the educational spaces. This may not be true, because too much white may lead to boredom and depression. School brand colours can be used to paint the walls, in case they are bright, furniture should be of their analogous shades. The neutral tones of green and blue are the appropriate choices as they elicit the emotions of calmness and peace, enhancing concentration and productivity. While it is best to have these neutral shades on the walls, furniture can be used to add a splash of colour to an otherwise dull classroom and give it life.
Although colour psychology is being utilised by interior designers for decades in living spaces, its application in classrooms is still trumped by bias towards functionality. SpaceBoat is working to promote and bring such spaces to educators where the congruence of function and colour psychology, is married with good architecture. SpaceBoat believes learning should never be affected by environmental constraints.