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Classroom Furniture Color Theory

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When purchasing furniture to be used in schools and other educational settings, color can be an important factor to consider according to this recent article by Amee Meghani from Smith System.
Colorful Furnishings A Catalyst for School Success
By Amee Meghani
Product Engineer
While often ignored in the classroom, color remains an important element
to consider. Studies indicate that it plays a role in emotion, productivity,
communication and learning. According to Ohio-based interior
designer, Elizabeth Stout, color in school room design is rarely a
consideration.
“Furniture is usually chosen based on functionality,
ergonomics and durability,” Stout said. “Schools generally never choose
light colored furniture because it makes dirt easy to spot. Additionally, in some
elementary schools, chair color is dictated by size.”
Looking at the effects of color on emotion and relating that to the
purpose of the learning space can help guide the color choices – on walls, on
floors and even on furniture.
THE CLASSROOM
Because classrooms are used primarily for active learning, color in
this environment should maximize information retention and stimulate
participation. For that reason, it’s crucial to avoid over stimulation so avoid
large amounts of bright colors, especially reds and oranges. Rather, opt for
calming and neutral colors such as green and blue.
Furniture can liven up otherwise dull classrooms by supplying color. The
relatively small amount of color on furniture does not have the same
affect as bright colors on walls. So, select yellow furniture to elicit feelings
of liveliness, energy, happiness and excitement. Red and orange in small
quantities can also demand attention and attract learners’ attention to detail –
a great way to lead students to a certain part of the room for an engaging activity.
If the intent is to match all elements of the room, use furniture colors that are
similar to wall colors focusing on the calming greens and blues.
The one exception to color in the classroom occurs with younger children,
who unlike older children, thrive in a bright-colored environment. Bright
colors can be used on the walls and in the furniture. Color can also be used to
help children understand how certain areas of a room are used. For example,
the blue chairs in the corner may be used as a reading and relaxation area,
while the red table may be a free-play space.

 

LIBRARIES
Color in a library setting should be used to align emotions and behaviors
with the purpose of the space. Since different areas of a library are intended
for different activities, have fun experimenting with color. Take a reading
area, for example. As an extension of the learning environment, reading areas
are intended to be calming and relaxing allowing learners to reflect.
In this instance, matching calming wall colors – like greens and blues – with
furniture colors maximizes the effects of color in this space.
In contrast, if an area is used for lounging and conversing, color can
provide excitement. Consider using a more neutral wall color and
experimenting with furniture color by using bright-colored cushions, fixed
colors on lounging chairs or vibrant accents on tables or shelving. Color
selections might include deep reds, oranges and yellows, or pastels in any
color combination.
GIVE COLORFUL FURNITURE A TRY
In libraries and classrooms, it is clear that color can have an effect on mood,
emotion, and productivity, which ultimately influences student success.
Consider letting the purpose of the room guide the color scheme selection.
All of Smith System’s inspired colors are available online for purchase on many products; from book trucks and study carrels to computer tables and activity tables.

The HON Company Changes the Face of the American Classroom

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White Chalk and Blackboards are Being Replaced by PowerPoint, Flat Screens and Innovative Classroom Furniture to Accommodate this Evolving Environment The HON Company’s new SmartLink(TM) furniture system connects the teacher, the students and the environment together in a uniquely synergistic manner designed to foster an interactive learning process.

MUSCATINE, IA–(Marketwire – August 19, 2008) – Rest in peace, dear #2 pencil. Same for you, 3-ring binder. For years, you were at the top of back-to-school shopping lists for students around the country. Instead, you have been replaced by ink cartridges, laptops and jump drives.

And the face of the American classroom itself is evolving as well — chalkboards and transparencies are being replaced with flat screens and digital projectors. Today’s classrooms also focus on collaboration and teamwork, requiring a more flexible work environment. Teachers are more interactive and mobile than in previous generations, leading to the crumbling of the traditional, hierarchical "teacher in the front/rows of students"-type set-up.

To determine the needs of today’s classroom, The HON Company, a leading office furniture designer and manufacturer, interviewed teachers, principals, administrators, students and designers. The result? SmartLink™ — a revolutionary classroom furniture system. This unique technology-centric furniture solution connects the teacher, the students and the environment together in a uniquely synergistic manner designed to foster an interactive learning process.

"SmartLink takes into account the changing needs of schools, such as technological needs, flexibility, storage and organization," said Jim Cahill, HON’s vice president of systems and education. "The fact that it’s mobile allows teachers to easily reconfigure any classroom to facilitate interactive learning or to better support their own teaching style."

Cahill noted that a comprehensive solution, such as SmartLink, is new to the education market. In the past, education professionals had to purchase classroom furnishings and storage options from multiple suppliers, making seamless integration difficult. The introduction of SmartLink has revolutionized the way classrooms can be designed and utilized — not only for today’s needs but also those of the future.

In creating SmartLink, HON sought to create furnishings that would:

– Be the best utilization of space while providing the ultimate in productivity

– Configure for a variety of learning and teaching environments, from kindergarten to high school classrooms

– Offer flexible storage and wall systems that can be customized for any classroom

– Synchronizes teacher and student desks for a complete classroom look

– Hold up to high traffic and heavy use

SmartLink’s four key components include a teacher station, modular storage, a wall rail system and a student desk. The products visually integrate to provide a holistic solution that supports space utilization and a variety of learning styles, as well as a variety of technology requirements.

Teacher desk

Teacher Station

The innovative design of this durable, adaptable piece of furniture offers ample work and storage space that can accommodate multiple teaching styles, classroom layouts and technology needs. As a mobile station, it can be easily repositioned within the classroom. As a desk, it can organize and manage teaching materials, equipment and technology, and provides ample storage for files, books and magazines.

Modular Storage

From pencils, paperclips and markers to pipe cleaners, laptops and backpacks… keeping today’s classroom organized is definitely a challenge. HON’s solution? A modular storage system that adapts to the needs of different classrooms by employing a variety of trays, shelves and cabinets that can accommodate any classroom configuration. "The reaction to our modular storage solution has been phenomenal," added Cahill. "It’s not that teachers aren’t organized — it’s that they’ve never had the right equipment to allow them to get organized."

Wall Rail System

The unique wall rail system delivers better use of wall and floor space, even in the most space-challenged classroom. Its multifunctional, multi-track rail allows sliding and reversible presentation boards and worksurface solutions to be configured in numerous ways. These components, which literally hang off the rail system, can easily accommodate and organize different teaching styles and facilitate several learning activities at one time.

Student Desks

SmartLink student desks provide a multi-functional solution capable of increasing student productivity and enhancing learning activities, including individual, group-collaborative and teacher-centered work. The triangular desktop shape and ergonomic user edge offers comfort and support, while the wire basket and backpack hook keeps all essential materials within reach. The adjustable height ranges from 22 to 32 inches in 1-inch increments, which means the same desk can allow students of all grade levels to sit comfortably. Tops on student desks are large enough for notebooks and laptops and are "non-handed," providing greater arm support to both right- and left-handed users. The desks themselves are lightweight and can be easily configured into individual rows or collaborative configurations, which is further facilitated by the shape.

HON products are available through its authorized dealer, Worthington Direct, the leader in discount school furniture. 

The HON Company Changes the Face of the American Classroom


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