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Trends in Learning Spaces

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Utilization of education interiors has drastically shifted over the past few years. Flexibility is key, as academic spaces are adapting to more of a hybrid learning experience. Students are looking to schools as safe havens—a place to interact, learn and grow. Supporting students and their well-being is top of mind for educators. Design is a key factor in reestablishing connections and rebuilding community. Here are eight trends in K–12 and higher-education spaces.



  1. Color is a key factor in influencing students’ moods, productivity, and communication styles.

  2. “Functional color” focuses on reducing eye strain and increasing attention spans.

  3. K–12 rooms are multi-purpose to accommodate different learning styles and space constraints.

  4. Colleges are moving away from structured classrooms and leaning into flexible interior design.

  5. Furnishings are mobile and modular and able to endure high use and heavy abuse.

  6. Learning spaces are highly customizable with sensitivity to safety and acoustics.

  7. Imaginative décor is being balanced with orderliness.

  8. Incorporating student and community values and sustainability is more important than ever.

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Education Case Studies

University Project
Tampa, FL | Interform Architecture + Design | Photos: Courtesy of Interform


Interform Architecture + Design developed campus brand standards for this university system that include bright pops of color to help energize classrooms and labs. An example is the bold graphic seen in this reception area, which was digitally printed on our high-performing RAMPART® wall protection.


Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY | SWBR | Photos: David Lamb


"Passing Through" by Ajay Malghan, from our Curated Collection, was digitally printed by WG Customs Lab for RIT's Demo Lounge. The space includes a media wall, theater sound and lighting controls, and virtual reality capabilities.


Missoula Public Library
Missoula, MT | MSR Design | Photos: Courtesy of MSR Design


Four community organizations are housed in this building that combines library services, museum spaces, meeting and study rooms, and a community center. In place of walls, MSR Design had WG Customs Lab produce laser-cut acoustic panels to separate a casual seating area from a demo kitchen.


Greece Public Library
Rochester, NY | Passero Associates | Photos: Don Cochran


In keeping with the Story Garden theme of this state-of-the-art children’s space, WG Customs Lab produced window films adorned with blooming flowers. Located in Greece, NY, the space includes books and imaginative play areas designed by Passero Associates using Building Information Modeling.


Marcus Whitman High School
Rushville, NY | SEI Design Group | Photos: Don Cochran


Digitally printing a musical graphic on RAMPART wall protection perked up the institutional-looking cinder block walls of this high school’s music room. To prep the walls, SEI Design Group discovered that having our Stronghold® wall liner applied first would create a smooth surface for installing RAMPART.

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