At this time of year, we expect to be approached by schools and colleges to provide quotations for painting and decorating during school holidays. As well as providing costings we can assist you at the planning stage.
The following points are worth considering at the planning stage:
Before the decorators arrive, will the existing decoration scheme be repeated or will a new scheme be used to give areas a fresh look or to suit a change of use. Choosing the correct colour scheme can affect the way pupils interact with the building and help to promote learning.
Colours need to be selected and used carefully to help visually impaired people navigate the building. In some schools it may be a good idea to consult students and staff on colour choice as when people have a say they can relate to the design and feel part of the space, this can also be incorporated into a design project for the students. The function of each area has to be considered when colour choices are made as one area can have multiple uses.
This is important as choosing the correct product for each area will give you the look you want and extend the maintenance cycle reducing costs. Corridor, classroom and high circulation areas require durable paints and kitchen, showers and WC areas require moisture resistant paints.
Specialist coatings can be chosen for problematic areas.
Projectable, magnetic, writeable wall coverings can be used as a teaching aid, a brain storming area or as an organic interactive wall to stimulate opinion, comment and learning.
When will the decorating work be carried out?
Is there any other work you would like carried out at the same time, flooring, carpet, cleaning, and lighting?
Work can be phased over a number of holidays or weekends to suit the school’s use and occupancy.
Interesting article on decoration schemes for schools by Karen Walstra Consulting:
Lots of information on colour in this PDF document from Dulux “How can schools achieve results with colour?”