Can Certain Colors Make Kids Smarter?

Yes, it's true - certain paint colors can enhance learning.
While parents may not have much control over the colors in their kids'
classrooms, they can certainly make sure the study area in the home is conducive
to learning. Dunn-Edwards, a supplier of low and Zero VOC paints, provides paint
for thousands of schools and universities throughout the Southwest, often
consulting on color.

"The best palette is a range of colors using
lighter hues with deeper accents to provide a stimulating environment,"
explained Dunn-Edwards color expert Sara McLean. "For example, a softened, sage
green paired with a pop of orange catches the eye without being overwhelming.
Creating a monotone color scheme tends to not work for children, as the lack of
color doesn't engage the senses." She points out that nature-based greens create
an atmosphere of calm and restfulness, therefore, easier places to study and

Productivity or creativity? Choose your paint color. Softened
yellows are cheery and warm, and if not too bright, yellow can assist in
productivity. Blues tend to be spa-like and restful, and reminders of oceans and
tranquility; studies have shown that blue rooms assist in more creativity.
Violets and softened lavenders also are shown to engage children in increasing
their creative senses.

Young children tend to be attracted to warm,
bright colors. "Parents and teachers can see that just by looking down the toy
aisles and looking at the brighter toys for young age groups. As children age,
they grow to an interest towards pastels in elementary school to brighter
medium-cool colors in middle school," McLean points out. "In high school, darker
colors are preferred and there is less preference for primary colors."

parents have any input on colors in school rooms, opt for blues, greens, violet
and turquoise.

"Classrooms should incorporate a variety of colors to
reduce the monotony and increase mental acuity. Warm colors tend to make large
spaces feel more intimate, while cool colors make smaller rooms appear larger.
By moderating the use between warm and cool, a classroom environment can make a
child feel engaged without feeling overly stimulated," she added.

Source: Dunn-Edwards


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