HOW TO COLOR CLASSROOMS By

HOW TO COLOR CLASSROOMS
By: Ma. Alona S. Sioco
Master Teacher 1, Panilao Elementary School, Pilar District

Educators, particularly classroom teachers, when asked what affects learning will give different answers centered on teaching method and strategies, demographic files of the learners and family matters among others. It’s not ordinary to hear color as one of the influences in the teaching and learning to process. Colors as stimulator in the acquisition of knowledge are often overlooked. Not everybody understands that choices in what shades and hues to paint in the walls and furniture of a classroom have a significant effect in setting the mood of the learners. The impact color has on a room and its occupants had been studied and researched. Conclusions linked color to the positive and negative emotions. It also defines the purpose of the study inside a classroom: quiet study, collaboration, or relaxation.
Here are some tips to guide teachers on how to color classrooms and make them more conducive to learning:
Yellow: Causes positive feelings and creativity; maintains attention
Orange: Improves alertness
Green: Gives peace and calmness
Purple: Gives peace and calmness
Brown: Reduces feelings of fatigue; brings a sense of relaxation and security
Off-White: Improves attention span and positive feelings
Blue: Lowers temperature; tranquilizes; inhibits appetite; makes a sense of well-being
Red: Brings alertness, excitement and creativity, induces appetite