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August 18, 2021

Inspiration for Calming Classroom Decor

Google “classroom décor ideas” and photos of stimulating, colorful photos pop up. The amount of color and activity in the photos is fascinating and impressive! Yet, as I scrolled through and studied the photos, I began to wonder if some students would prefer a calmer environment that had fewer stimulating colors, creating a more “serene scene” for students to concentrate. So, I added the word “calm” to my search and…

What I saw fascinated me!

Below is a sampling of ideas from creative and inspirational teachers including suggestions for: lighting, fabric, plants, nature, displays, and flexible seating.

Maybe these photos will inspire you as you decorate and design your 2021-2022 classroom!


Consider lamps strategically placed throughout the room to create a cozy atmosphere that is less harsh.
Ceiling fabric softens the room and helps reduce noise.
Ceiling Lamps
In this photo, the overhead lighting is covered w/ fire-proof paper. The paper creates an environment that feels more like home and is less industrial.
Fluorescent Light Covers
This fluorescent light cover film can be painted on! From Etsy.
Fluorescent Light Films
Rope lights strung over sticks underneath white fabric gives the illusion of trees covered in snow.
Musical Lighting
Musical lighting adds visual intrigue! 

Inspired by Nature

Plants and other elements (pinecones, acorns, sticks, dirt, etc.) inspire students’ curiosity and brings the outdoors in. Plants also improve classroom air quality.

Pine Plants
Plants and Lighting


Creative wall displays show students “we are all different, yet the same.” Students and families can be encouraged to find themselves in the displays

Drawings on Wall Display
Wall Displays

Flexible Seating & Standing
Bean Bag chairs, exercise balls, tents, and more, provide students with choice. Containers give students their own space and eliminates distractions, while other students prefer to stand while they work.

Flexible Seating
Seating Idea
Desk Seaters

Google “Student Seating Options” for more ideas:

Google Seating Idea
Seating Ball
Seaters with Desks
New Seater Idea

Be sure to explore the Clutter Free Classroom for classroom décor tips. This article from Angela Watson provides a peek into other teachers’ classrooms and this article on How to Maximize Classroom Space is helpful, too.

Keep these suggestions in mind as you set up and organize your classroom!


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