Smart Flooring Design For Smart Students
Julie Dempster, marketing manager at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains how flooring design in an education environment can positively affect students:
CONTRACTORS are aware that clients in the education sector need flooring that is resilient, easy to maintain and aesthetically pleasing.
However, research by the University of Newcastle on the impact of school environments states that colour transmitted through the eye can affect mood, mental clarity and energy levels.
It’s also been suggested by the University of Salford and IBI Nightingale that the design and layout of a school can influence a child’s development by as much as 25% over an academic year.
The use of bright neon colours in a school building can help improve visual processing and stimulate the students’ minds for learning, interacting and creating relationships with fellow pupils, as well as expanding attention spans.
Certain colours can also help to reflect and bounce artificial light and sunlight from windows to surrounding areas. Indeed light is critical to the health and well-being of a person. In a building where there is minimum daylight, coloured floorcoverings can help students stay alert and awake.
Nevertheless, too much colour, such as six or more in one room, can strain the mind and become distracting, so a careful approach to colour and design is required.
Contractors therefore need to rely on flooring manufacturers that have a wide portfolio of coloured, patterned and textured flooring while offering clients an array of creative and beneficial design ideas.
Products such as a hybrid flocked flooring solution is ideal for educational projects as they have the practical elements of a resilient flooring combined with a slip resistance, soft finish and acoustic properties of a textile flooring.
What’s more with a variety of colours and patterns available, contractors can provide clients with an effective flooring design to motivate pupil’s minds and create an environment people want to spend time in.
Using coloured or patterned flooring can also help to create visual markers within classrooms, corridors or open areas to highlight activity zones such as workstations, play areas and study spaces, as well establishing paths and way finders around a building.
Zoning areas can be achieved in a number of ways including mixing colours and patterns and mixing and matching flooring materials. For example in a classroom with a teaching area and washing up area, contractors can install a flocked tile in the study area and a safety vinyl product in the washing up section.
Contractors can help their clients in education identify a flooring design that can impact on pupils’ leaning ability, as well as flooring that will remain hard wearing and robust.