One of my past students at Vancouver Community College, Nour Enayeh recently completed a decorating project with a Montessori school. This is the 'after photo' (the before is the second one). She said that the Montessori program believes that kids should not have a bunch of primary colours to distract them from their activities, so the room definitely has a calmer feeling, than the normal appearance of a kindergarten classroom.
The client wanted to change the carpets as they were dirty (not that we can see that here in the photos) but it was not in the budget. However she did pick a new colour for them (HC-33) above, and Nour said that after it was painted everyone was asking if they had installed new carpet.
I was once called out to pick colours for the hallways of 2 very large apartment buildings. The strata was very unhappy with the existing gray carpeting in the halls because (in their opinion) it looked dirty from the time it was installed (2 years previously) and they were discussing replacing it. I saw the problem immediately and it was that the colour [on the walls] was way too clean. It was a very pale and clean yellow, OC-114 called Lemon Ice.
I explained that the way to correct this was to choose a 'muddier yellow' and I selected 2153-50, Desert Tan. You can see the difference between these colours was huge, and it was quite the transformation because now the gray carpet looked like the right carpet and colour for the space instead of pre-maturely dirty, which is what they thought. That is the power of colour!
Great job Nour, thanks for sharing these with us!
Clean vs. Dirty Colours