Dorm room décor is important. Not only does it need to reflect your son’s or daughter’s personality, but it needs to nurture creativity and productivity. 

Academic studies have shown that décor can affect a student’s mood, directly influencing their ability to concentrate and complete projects. In fact, a number of well-known colleges have published information and guides on how to design an effective study space. 

The University of Richmond, Virginia released a statement in recent years about dorm décor enhancing concentration and creativity. Richmond’s Director of Academic Skills was quoted to say that “people tend to underestimate the importance of their environment as it relates to achievement”. 

Western Governors University, a provider of online degrees, encourages students to designate a comfortable, go-to study location. Louisiana State University (LSU) supports this sentiment in their Guide to College Success, claiming it’s important to create a designated space and establish an appropriate atmosphere. Carnegie Mellon University also published a guide on preparing a study space, emphasizing the importance of training one’s body and mind to associate a comfortable area with studying. 

Carleton College, in Minnesota, conducted a study last year on how students perceive their working environments. An interesting finding of this study was that students working on writing assignments were most likely to prefer comfortable furniture in solitary, quiet spaces. 

Color plays an important role in how comfortable an environment can be, and how conducive it is for studying. One university researched the effects of color in its student union, to see how certain colors affected a student’s perception of comfort level. This study found blue to be the most preferred color, followed by green, yellow, and then red. 

California State University Stanislaus published a page on the psychological effects of color. Blue tends to calm the mind and improve concentration, though they suggest not using too much as it may produce melancholy. Green is also a cool and calming color. Yellow is cheerful and stimulating, as is red. 

CSU Stanislaus also indicates the importance of pairing colors to improve balance. White and brown are particularly complementary to red, yellow, or orange. Black and gray do well to be balanced by brighter colors. 

When shopping for your student’s dorm room décor this year, we suggest thinking about the color that will make them feel most comfortable and at home in their Element. Color and comfort are both critical to performance and achievement, so they shouldn’t be underestimated or overlooked.