7 Colors to Enhance a Learning Environment

By Debora V. Aberastury on April 14, 2021

Springtime brings a sense of renewal and turning over a new leaf.

One way to freshen up space is by adding a new coat of paint to the walls. Whether you’re currently a student, working, or simply wanting to create a space to facilitate learning, there are a few colors to keep in mind the next time you’re in the hardware store.



Wanting to enhance your storytelling capability? Try red. It can invoke a number of emotions, enhancing creativity and an overall sense of awareness. Don’t go overboard though– too much red can increase anxiety or make you overly excited.


If you want to go a more tranquil route, orange is the way to go. Orange can produce a calm and alert mind that is ready to learn. That sense of comfort can improve neural functioning, making it a perfect color for a learning environment. Do try to stay away from brighter shades, since it can also do the opposite and increase stimulation.


Needing a bright change? Try yellow. Yellow can help with attention and in fostering creativity. Go for a more soothing yellow rather than bright yellow to give you a more calming effect.


Alright, alright — not the most exciting color, I know. But a nice off-white color can invoke positive feelings and tranquility. It is also a great color to have art that you might hang on the walls pop a little more.


Brown can work sometimes. Get a soft brown and use a variety of textures and shades of brown throughout the room to get the ultimate effect of feeling secure and tranquil.


Green best relates to nature itself, so a splash of this color can invoke pure relaxation and allows us to fully concentrate. It’s also easy on the eyes. Try to stick with shades of green that you wouldn’t see in other places – such as hospitals or schools.


Blue is one of those colors that can invoke thoughts of calming rivers, lakes, and oceans — making it, hypothetically, a great color to create a tranquil learning environment. The color can also make you more productive which is a huge win when it comes to learning. But, on the other hand, blue can create detachment and coldness if it is too much.

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