Color is the least expensive investment and the fastest change agent available , according to Bullock and Foster-Harrison, 1997. Cool colors such as blue and green calm adolescents and provide a subdued learning environment. However, colors such as red and orange over-stimulate learners (Hathaway, 1987). Cool colors (blue, green, pale neutrals, and white) are the recommended for classrooms, hallways, and the cafeteria. Warmer colors are appropriate for locker rooms and sports areas (red, yellow, orange, gold, and brown).
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