School colors: What is the best one?

school colors

Anyone who deals with colors knows very well what effect colors have on creating a feeling in a given space. Now, if this space is a school, can colors still create a different feeling?

What color was your school? Usually each school has one to two colors. These colors are used by schools in their emblems and uniforms, which distinguishes between schools. Today we found out what colors are suitable for different schools and what colors are the most popular colors for schools. Join me!

Color in school

As it turns out, color in schools has a huge impact on students’ feelings, thoughts, moods, and mindsets during the hours they spend in school. In fact, in the past, only white, gray, and beige were used for schools.

Today, with the rise of awareness of the impact of colors in life, educational institutions have a special focus on colors to identify the space. When choosing a color for your school interior, the goal should be to strike a balance between high and low. Because bold colors evoke a sense of playfulness, curiosity, and positive thinking, these colors are suitable for preschool and elementary school environments. Also, light colors increase concentration and calm, so these colors are better for middle and high school.

a picture of a boy in classroom

Below we briefly see the effect of colors on the surrounding space:

Purple: Represents respect, wisdom.

Blue: Indicates alertness, creativity and calm. Reduces fatigue, discomfort and depression. It also helps improve memory.

Green: Increases relaxation and concentration and reduces stress.

Yellow: It secretes the hormone of happiness and helps strengthen memory.

Orange: Stimulates appetite, stimulates memory and is joyful.

Red: is the stimulus to start a conversation. And increases concentration.

Pink: Reduces heart rate and stress. Its bold shade is energizing and its light shade is soothing.

White: Indicates simplicity and helps focus.

Black: Improves security and efficiency.

a picture of a boy in library of school

Choose a color for the school interior

Colors for classroom

The best and most effective color for the classroom is blue. Because it reduces stress. White can also be a good color because it calms. In addition, yellow can be used on a small scale because it increases memory, but on a large scale it can be tiring on the eyes.

a classroom with blue and yellow walls

Colors for fine arts classroom

In art schools, color should be used for the relevant classes to enhance students’ creativity. The best possible color is to keep yellow bright.

a fine art classroom with light yellow walls

Colors for school offices

Areas such as the principal’s office, the auditorium and offices that have important spaces can be purple because they evoke a sense of respect. Also, because these offices are formal and serious, you can use light brown or beige colors for them.

a school office with brown and beige decoration

Colors for school meeting office

The choice of color is important for meeting rooms. Because the people who attend the meetings are not the same. Some people may be focused with a particular color, while others may be tense. So you should use a color that is soothing and joyful, that is, it is better to use shades of yellow and green along with neutral colors.

a meeting office with orange and yellow walls

Colors for school corridors and lobbies

In such public spaces as lobbies and corridors, there is no need to choose a particular color because in these areas there is no need to focus, respect and learn. So you can choose the color more freely. You can use selected colors and school badges that show the identity of the school.

a school corridor with orange and gray walls

Colors for school cafeteria

For school cafes and cafeterias, you can use orange color because it increases students’ appetite.

a school cafeteria with orange decoration

Colors for school library

The library is a place where students focus on reading and learning a subject in complete peace of mind, so green is the most appropriate color that can be used for this part of the school.

a library with green and blue decoration

Colors for school gyms and dance halls

In spaces such as gyms and dance halls, due to the high mobility, you can use pink or red colors, thus increasing students’ energy for their activities.

a school gym with red color

Colors for school clinics

Green and blue colors are suitable for school clinics because they increase relaxation and reduce stress. However, it is not recommended to use green or blue completely in these spaces because it has a cooling effect. To bring some warmth to these spaces, you should use shades of yellow, pink and beige or neutral colors.

a school clinic with blue design

Colors for school counseling office

Students who go to the counseling office need help and are stressed. So you need a color that reduces stress, does not raise blood pressure, makes speech easier and does not generate heat. So you can use green and blue colors or both.

a counseling room with green and blue colors design

Colors for school physics and math lab

We all know that physics and math are very stressful subjects. So you should use a color like blue or its shades to reduce stress and increase relaxation.

a school lab with blue decoration

Color in a variety of schools

In this section, we will look at color in preschool, elementary, and high school.


Children in the age group of 3 to 6 look simple and think. They do not need to focus on learning and learn by smelling, tasting and searching around. They also do not think with reason and grow up with the experiences they have gained. In this way, bright and warm colors can be suitable for them and attract their attention. Among the bright colors, red and yellow colors increase their energy and excitement and reduce their anxiety.

a picture of the inside of the preschool with bright and happy colors

Elementary School

Children in the age group of 7 to 12 years enter a more serious period of life, so they need to strengthen their concentration and memory to learn lessons. Also, as lessons become more serious, their anxiety may increase. So green, blue and beige colors are suitable for primary schools. The color of all the walls should not be the same so that the students’ eyes do not get tired. The color used for the back of the blackboard should also attract the attention of the students and soothe them.

a picture of the inside of a elementary school with green design

High school

Children in this age group have reached puberty, which means that they face a lot of stress. Also, instead of being energetic in this course, children need to be extremely focused to learn as many lessons as possible and enter college and university. With these interpretations, it is better to use cold colors instead of warm colors; Colors like blue and green. Because these two colors represent maturity and calm. In addition to green and blue, beige, green-blue and light green are also suitable.

a picture of the inside of a high school with blue design

Tips for coloring at school

1. Add decorative elements to the school

In addition to painting hallways and classrooms, you can use pictures of landscapes, images that inspire, quotes that are informative for students, that help students.

a picture of a paint on the corridor of school

2. Use colors as code in school

You may need to identify places in the school for students, such as floor tiles, floor coverings, and even lines on the wall to help students identify entrances from hallways. All this can be done with paint. Because it stimulates sensory receptors in students’ brains, it can improve their ability to recall, thus helping students to easily find specific places in a given space.

a painted painting to observe the distance at school on the ground

3. Paint the accent walls in different colors

If all the walls are the same color, it will usually make the students’ eyes tired. But if the walls that are more emphasized are like the wall behind the blackboard in a different color from the rest of the classroom walls, it will attract the students’ attention. It can also make your room look bigger.

a classroom with different colors for walls

Last word

In fact, there are no specific rules for coloring in schools, and it does not matter what colors you choose to use in an educational setting, but it is important to choose colors with a clear focus and purpose. Because choosing the right color will improve performance, increase concentration and memory, create a school identity and create a sense of place in the school.

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