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Enhance Creativity & Learning Through Educational Space Design

Did you know students' educational environments impact how they learn & develop? There are several design factors that can impact productivity & learning.

February 26, 2020
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Because the physical environment of learning spaces and classrooms affects students' morale, productivity, and creativity, it is essential to be intentional about educational space design.

Students may find it difficult to focus in certain classrooms or educational spaces. Maybe the room temperature is too hot or too cold. Maybe there is too much artificial light and not enough natural light. Or maybe a certain display or piece of artwork is distracting.

As designers, it is our job to design more thoughtful and dynamic spaces that foster learning and creativity while equipping teachers with the optimal environment to teach effectively.

How to enhance learning and creativity through space design

Similar to how office design affects a worker’s productivity, a classroom’s layout, lighting, and color palette impact how a student learns.

Classroom layout

We are all familiar with the traditional classroom layout: Desks in several rows facing the front of the room. Mixing up the classroom layout will encourage collaboration and attentiveness.

For example, a semi-circle table or desk formation encourages interaction and allows students to see each other, which builds community and establishes more open communication. Likewise, movable chairs and writing surfaces provide maximum flexibility for any method of teaching.

Classroom lighting

Lighting plays a big role in space design. Harsh or ineffective lighting can cause eyestrain and headaches, which can impair a student’s ability to learn or concentrate. In fact, several ​studies​ have addressed how the quality and color of lighting can either hurt or enhance students’ academic performance.

For instance, ​c​ool white fluorescent lighting is often recommended to improve reading speed and accuracy and attentiveness. Natural light is important, as well. Classrooms with minimal windows and minimal light increase student depression. However, too much exposure to natural light can make visual media difficult to use.

Classroom colors

Color has the power to influence students' minds and moods. The color green, for example, is linked to creative thinking. Consequently, educators should carefully select the colors they choose for their classrooms and learning spaces.

If choosing the layout, lighting, and colors of your educational space seems overwhelming, the designers at Office Environments are here to help. We have experience in creating unique design plans for educational spaces across Alabama and Florida. We also offer Space Planning and Design services, where we can assist you from in-dep research to budget accommodation.

From quality furnishings to installation, Office Environments creates innovative, well-designed workplaces that allow your organization to thrive. Drop by ​one of our locations​ in Alabama and Florida or visit www.officenvironments.com to learn more ​about us​ and how we can transform your workplace.

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