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Vibrant and Calming Color Palettes for the Classroom

Time to modernize and beautify your classroom!

A few options for gorgeous modern color palettes:

But what should you be thinking about to make sure it’s perfect? We have answers!

The palette chosen for a classroom is key to creating comfortable student environments.

First, if you haven’t already, you might want to check out our blog on Understanding Color Psychology and its Impact on Design.

Then come back to this blog!

Already, if you read the blog mentioned, you’ll have an idea of what colors will work in your classroom best. But we only really covered the overall color, not any of the muted more neutral tones.

And that is the key. Muted, neutral tones.

We all remember our childhood classrooms. Brightly colored posters, rainbow-colored book boxes, and a different color decoration on every brown shelf. As adults, we look back at that and shudder at how cluttered it felt. And maybe it wasn’t actually cluttered, but the combination of every color of the rainbow made it feel cluttered. Too much going on in one room.

This is why having a color palette and sticking to it is so important.

So here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Redoing classrooms is expensive – so make it timeless. Something that will stay beautiful even if the style changes in 5 years.

  2. Maximum statement colors = 3 or 4. Any more will cause a cluttered look. Use as many neutrals as you would like and keep them the focus, but only have 3 or 4 statement colors that mesh well with each other.

  3. Please don’t find cute posters or decorations at the local store that don’t match. Although it’s cute if it doesn’t link with the color scheme it will just become cluttered and distracting. Stick to your color palette.

  4. Make sure walls and furniture are kept neutral and subtle. This will create a more comfortable space.

  5. When choosing your color palette stick to muted tones. Anything bright will be distracting and again make it look cluttered.

Looking for color palette ideas? Check out this learning color scheme generator:


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