February is usually that time in the school year that seems to inch along. The Holiday buzz is over and summer appears to be a century away. Teachers even chime in, coining the month as the “February Funk”, for the coughing and colds that transform classrooms into gloomy environments. Before you begin booking flights to Florida, hold on! Vibrant trends in school classroom furniture may make this funk seem “so last year”.
“Bright minds need bright colors” is a new mindset that is taking hold in European school systems, and it seems to be working. Schools have implemented a bold color scheme of fuscia, lime green and bright orange within their classrooms, from the colors of the walls down to student school desks. Although a risky decision, these institutions affirm they can literally feel the positivity from their students all year round, even during gloomy grey months.
European teachers also love the new color scheme as it adds more personality and a welcoming feel to classroom furniture. While the color of school classroom furniture isn’t the first element you think of to spark a student’s creativity, research suggests otherwise. There is in fact a science behind it, and here’s our attempt to explain without getting too science-y. When we process colors, they are converted to electrical impulses which reach the part of our brain which makes us feel and act a certain way. Therefore, colors affect our behavior.
National Office Furniture has hit the books on future trends in furniture for schools. Through partnering with students from Purdue University, the Essay Chair was born. Created by students for students, it’s no wonder that vivid colors were incorporated, along with a unique chevron design never seen on educational furniture before.
The Essay chair starts shipping in May. However, the OstermanCron showroom did get a sneak peak to see one, and you could say we’re thrilled. One exciting note to take away is that color is working to “debunk the funk,” and it sure is safe to say that educational institutions have a very bright future ahead of them.