Colours psychology is an increasingly higher role in the consideration of education environments. Colours choices impact the teaching and learning process and influence students’ attitudes and behaviours. However, too many colours can overwhelm students. Read the article below by our Student-Centred Classroom, Craig Ward, to learn how to incorporate colours in the classrooms to bring positive benefits to students.
THE EFFECTS OF COLOURS ON CHILDREN
It has been found that carefully planned colour schemes positively affect academic achievement of elementary students and especially students of kindergarten age. The proper use of colour can convert an atmosphere that is depressing and monotonous into one that is pleasing, exciting, and stimulating. Such change in colour schemes reduce absenteeism and promote positive feelings.
Although children were not able to identify exactly how specific colours make them feel, they often associate bright colours with positive feelings and dark colours with negative feelings. Colours can used as a tool to create an engaging learning environment for students and boost their moods.
Edmonton Christian School incorporated effectively both warm and cool colours in their learning commons area.
Colours liked by students can influence their muscular tension and motor control. Warm colours have been known to cause slight elevations in blood pressure in children, while cooler colours caused slight drops in blood pressure. Likewise, optical stimulation using warm colors and brilliance of lighting will cause increases in muscular tensions, respiration rate, heart action, blood pressure and brain activity.
For example, orange colours encourage creativity and enthusiasm; yellow colours evoke feelings of happiness, and summer. A little touch of orange and yellow can brighten learning environments, making it more joyful.
Cool colours and dim lighting bring about reverse effects, such as muscles relaxing more, and sleep being facilitated. In colour psychology, green and blue colours connect children with nature, ocean, and sky, and give students and teachers the feelings of calmness, relaxation, trust, and safety.
TOO MANY COLOURS CAN OVERWHELM STUDENTS
Once upon a time, it was common to add as many bright colours as possible to collaborative and common areas. However, for some students, too many colours can be overwhelming. With their different coloured t-shirts, shoes and accessories, the students themself bring the colours to the space. Nowadays, it is recommended that schools and educational institution used mostly neutral and ungendered colours to create a more equal, opportune environment for students to learn.
At CDI Spaces, we have a great collection of student chairs and desks with over 24 different colours that we can match to your preexisting chairs in the classroom. We believe no chair should stand out. We take great care to add any kind of chair (standard, coking, wiggle) in a way that can seamlessly blend in with the rest.
If you have any questions on how to incorporate colours into your learning environments, contact us today at 1-888-230-2280 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary consultation.