Active & Social Spaces

 

In Active and Social Spaces it is appropriate to use color to set the tone for the environment. Incorporate warm colors for their welcoming appeal; use cool colors to calm; bright

colors invigorate with subtle colors lending a calming influence. Understanding the desired results will help guide you through the color selection process.

 

Cafeterias = Nutrition

  • Use colors that are cheerful, appetizing and reminiscent of citrus, spice & food themes
  • Consider colors of flamingo, red, rose, pumpkin, coral, peach, orange & brown along with charcoal for high contrast combinations
  • No yellow-green, blue or magenta on large expanses of wall areas
  • Clean, reflective surfaces bounce light and feel fresh
  • Different size & table configurations facilitate small or large groups

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Auditorium = Dignity

  • Specify colors of dusky violet, rose, pale gold, dark greens, navy, violet, gray, black and warm neutrals
  • Select mid-tone and deeper colors that absorb light and do not distract from the stage or the performance

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Elementary Gyms = Vitality

  • Consider neutrals of beige, tan & white w/warm accents in saturated mid-tones
  • Cool accents of lime & green
  • No large expanse of turquoise
  • Environment should stress the joy of being healthy
  • Graphics will help children feel welcome, encourage activity and adapt to the environment

‘Children don’t exist only from the neck up; they are thinking, feeling, moving human beings who learn through all their senses.’ [Rae Pica, Early Childhood Education Consultant]

High School Gyms = Activity

  • Select red, orange, yellow, apricot, lime w/bold colors from the spectrum for accents & graphics
  • No large expanse of turquoise
  • Environment should stress the joy of being healthy
  • Holistic approach to health maintains focus on physical and internal fitness
  • Consider connection to kitchen for benefits of teaching healthy lifestyle
  • Natural light promotes well-being
  • Mirrors and ballet bars support dance & yoga
  • Specify resilient wood & synthetic sports flooring
  • Locker colors are available in neutral and colorful shades that are bold, making dramatic statements
  • Consider using several colors, both warm and cool in a space so that it does not become overwhelming with one color statement. Neutral colors may be used w/accents of school colors incorporated for interest
  • Neutral and mid-tone wall colors are best with stronger locker colors
  • Incorporate warm or cool mid-tone wall colors to balance neutral locker colors
  • Keep LRVs for walls lighter to maintain higher light levels
  • Use accents of wood for warmth
  • High opaque windows let in natural light