A Fresh Coat of Paint for Virtual Learning
Over the last year, distance learning has gained tremendous ground and popularity among both students and parents. Makeshift classrooms were made from spare rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and even kitchens. For those who continue to opt for virtual learning, this next school year will come with more preparation for a successful learning environment at home. One aspect of learning that is often overlooked is the association with specific colors to enhance learning experiences. In traditional classrooms, teachers set up a space to get students engaged and facilitate the best learning experience possible. So, how do we translate that to at-home learning? The best way to start is with a fresh coat of paint.
How do we perceive color?
The answer to this is rooted in color psychology. Scientists have found that specific colors elicit specific responses. Some of these are based on our cultural knowledge of the world around us. For example, in Western culture, white is often associated with innocence or purity (as seen by the tradition of white wedding dresses). Knowledge of the psychological aspects will aid parents and students alike when deciding what color to paint a learning space.
What colors are best for learning?
Color psychology hints at a few possible answers to this question, depending on the type of student. Consider the following when thinking of changing a room color to boost performance:
Blue: Calm Productivity
Blue is a cool color that is often associated with relaxation. The relaxing effects transfer well to a virtual learning environment. The color blue helps keep the mind calm and engaged, which can lead to enhanced focus and concentration. Blue coupled with the brighter colors on a computer screen can help students of all ages remain task-oriented, focused, and more creative.
Purple: Imaginative Clarity
Purple often has similar effects on the brain as the color blue. It is a cool color that can promote calming effects and keep the mind engaged. Having a soothing purple space promotes wisdom, clarity, creativity, and imagination. If you’re a college student in the arts, purple may be the color for you.
Green: Clear Concentration
Green is another cool color that can be used to boost concentration. Green has proven to improve efficiency and accuracy. Green is a good idea when you want to boost long-term concentration. It’s the most restful color for the human eye, so having a green wall to look at after focusing on a bright computer screen will help get you back on task. This color can also help students of all ages have more concentration, but may have the most impact on older students who have to look at computer screens for more prolonged periods of time.
Orange: Uplifting Energizer
Orange is on the opposite side of the color wheel and is classified as a warm color. Orange can be used in a virtual learning environment to keep a learner full of energy during the day. The right shade can be warm and welcoming as well as energizing. It can also stimulate mental energy. Younger students can benefit from having orange-colored splashes in their learning environment, but it might not be suitable for those that are already on the hyperactive side. Older, college-aged students might benefit the most from having an orange learning space to keep them energized for long periods of study time.
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