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December 04
Designing for effective classroom learning

We believe that good design is imperative to how people function and perform within a space. Interior design helps facilitate action – whether it is being highly productive and collaborative in a workplace or comfortably relaxing at home. The very same idea applies to educational spaces - and there is research to prove it.

Fast Company shared a study conducted by the University of Salford School of the Built Environment that proves this point exactly, showing how classroom design affects student learning. The article states,

 “…it might be worth diverting at least a little attention from what’s going on in classrooms to how those spaces are being designed. The paper, published in the journal Building and the Environment, found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact, positive or negative, on a student’s progress over the course of an academic year. The difference between the best- and worst-designed classrooms covered in the study? A full year’s worth of academic progress.” Kyle VanHemert, Fast Company, [Twitter: @FastCoDesign]

 More incredible are factors the study pinpoints that effect learning.

 “Six of the design parameters--color, choice, complexity, flexibility, connection, and light--had a significant effect on learning. Light…concerns the amount of natural light in the classroom and the quality of the electrical lights it contains. Choice has to do with the quality of the furniture in the classroom, as well as providing "interesting" and ergonomic tables and chairs for pupils. Complexity and color both have to do with providing an ample amount of visual stimulation for students in the classroom.” Kyle VanHemert, Fast Company

As we work to provide floor covering options that meet the functional needs of durability within educational settings, we pay equal attention to design aesthetics, including color and complexity. We hope they evoke intrigue and curiosity, provoking young minds to ask questions and learn effectively.

How do you design spaces that promote learning? We would love to hear from you.

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Milliken’s Theory 2.0 collection in Eureka 2.0 (left) and Stimulus Blip 2.0 are ideal floor coverings for educational spaces.