With great pleasure, I have been helping a client color an East Coast preschool. Since my own children are in this age range, the project is dear to my heart.
The building we’re working with is a classic, historic, 3 story home turned school, that has beautiful bones but needs a little love.
We worked on the exterior first, and have recently moved inside. They had the office complete when I came into the picture, here it is-
Cute! So we will incorporate yellow into the plan.
And the client shared a few design selections-
Origami butterflies from Etsy that will hang in a large configuration. Perfect palette inspiration right?
Reminds me of this Benjamin Moore charity event dining room display-
And tile that will be incorporated into the vestibule (gives me a neutral color direction).
The interior of the school is full of beautiful moldings, wainscoting, and soon to be wood floors. So we have a nice blank canvas to work with.
Taking all details into consideration, I decided to pick a grounding neutral to be used in the vestibule and hallways throughout. A gray/tan to flow with the tile (a place for your eye to rest). Then pops of bright to use as accent colors. Accent walls will display the children’s artwork and school information. The classrooms will be painted in almost pastel versions of the bright accent colors. I choose yellow, green, and blue since they scale down well. We avoided red/orange for fear of peachy pink classrooms in an attempt to stay gender neutral.
And here is the palette-
Not too many colors so we lose the opportunity to develop a bit of a brand. Some repetition as well. And the most important note- we give the children some COLOR! Children love color right?. That is the simple thought that played over and over in my mind.
And in the neutral areas, the children’s colorful art will be hung. Something like this-
I hope it turns out happy & bright, what a delightful opportunity.
(thank you Architectural Digest & BHG for the photos)