Ten kindergarten interiors that use color to create a playful environment
For our latest lookbook, we’ve rounded up 10 inspiring and colorful kindergarten children’s rooms, including a pastel-toned kids’ center and a nursery that bursts pink.
Designing kindergartens is often an opportunity for interior designers to free their inner child and experiment with bright colors in unexpected ways.
In these ten projects, the designers used color to encourage children to crawl, jump and learn.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration to designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include welcoming desks, interiors with cross-laminated timber, and green bathrooms.
Flower Kindergarten, South Korea, by Jungmin Nam
Acid yellows and pinks aren’t the only playful features of this Seoul kindergarten interior. It also features walls with built-in flowerpots and a slide along a staircase.
Located in the middle of a high-rise housing complex in the Seocho district of the South Korean capital, the five-story Flower Kindergarten was designed to contrast sharply with the monotonous buildings nearby.
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Brighton Street Early Learning Center, Australia, by Danielle Brustman
Designer Danielle Brustman shows how bright and flashy kindergarten interiors don’t always have to be in the Brighton Street Early Learning Center.
Located in a Brutalist building in Melbourne, this learning center features pastel colors, marmoleum flooring, and hand-painted theatrical murals in all of the playrooms.
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TTC Elite Saigon Kindergarten, Vietnam, by Kientruc O
The TTC Elite Saigon Kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City features vibrant colors that frame its irregularly shaped windows, allowing light to filter in in tinted hues.
Vietnamese architecture studio Kientruc O designed the kindergarten as a giant playhouse for young children, with a colorful exterior facade and unusual openings.
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SolBe Learning Center, USA, by Supernormal
Kids who attend this Boston-area nursery and preschool can play and learn against a backdrop of bold patterned wallpaper.
“The soft classroom lighting and dynamic ceiling contribute to a sense of calm and wonder in learning spaces,” explained the American studio Supernormal.
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Brella Child Care Space, USA, by Darien Williams, Yasmeen Khan and Project M Plus
The Brella babysitting subscription app has opened a multi-purpose space in Los Angeles that functions as a play center, communal workspace, and yoga studio.
In order to unite the different spaces, the designers used a bold color palette. Arched doorways painted in a blue hue that resembles the Pantone color of 2020 frame the pathways from room to room, while other areas are painted in a contrasting glossy coral.
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Loop Kindergarten, China by SAKO Architects
On the ground floor of this split-level playground, Beijing studio SAKO Architects painted multi-level columns and platforms in a range of vibrant colors.
A total of 18 shades make up the rainbow color palette that is strung around the building, including through the ceilings and around the windows.
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Storey’s Field, England, by MUMA Architects
Portholes with brightly colored alcoves, a stunning spiral staircase and cascading gutters are among the playful details of this community center in Cambridge, England.
Up to 100 children can climb, play and peak through small porthole windows that frame the low-rise nursery buildings of MUMA Architects.
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Soyoo Joyful Growth Center, China, by Crossboundaries
Magenta pink paint was used to cover the walls and ceilings in this art class at a Chinese Kindergarten in Crossboundaries.
Set in a formerly abandoned building, a series of slides and climbing frames alongside bright colors have been used to bring the space to life.
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Malvina Nursery, Czech Republic, by No Architects
Light blocks of primary colors were used to highlight important areas such as the kitchen counter, lockers and play areas in this kindergarten interior.
The architects also played with the space by adding lots of windows, hiding places for children and different ground levels.
“The space itself was quite dark – it’s deep and there wasn’t too much daylight,” said No Architects co-founder Jakub Filip Novák.
“So we chose a lot of white and clear finishes, natural oiled plywood and warm colors that match the branding of the nursery,” he added.
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Mi Casita Preschool and Cultural Center, USA, by BAAO and 4 | MATIV
This cheerful New York City daycare uses pops of color to create a ‘dramatic’ look for the kids.
The Mi Casita Preschool and Culture Center, which is located in a mixed-use development, has coral orange walls in the main area, while sea blue can be found on the furniture and in the bathrooms.
“Color is used for a dramatic effect throughout the space,” the team said. “The turquoise on the ceiling and the luminous globes give the impression of being under a bright blue sky.”
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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing visual inspiration curated from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring welcoming desks, interiors with cross-laminated timber, and green bathrooms.