Active & Social Spaces

 

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

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

 

Cafeterias = Nutrition

  • Use colours that are cheerful, appetizing and reminiscent of citrus, spice & food themes
  • Consider colours 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 colours of dusky violet, rose, pale gold, dark greens, navy, violet, gray, black and warm neutrals
  • Select mid-tone and deeper colours 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 colours 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 colours are available in neutral and colourful shades that are bold, making dramatic statements
  • Consider using several colours, both warm and cool in a space so that it does not become overwhelming with one colour statement. Neutral colours may be used w/accents of school colours incorporated for interest
  • Neutral and mid-tone wall colours are best with stronger locker colours
  • Incorporate warm or cool mid-tone wall colours to balance neutral locker colours
  • Keep LRVs for walls lighter to maintain higher light levels
  • Use accents of wood for warmth
  • High opaque windows let in natural light