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College Spaces

Tailored advice and support from Dulux Decorator Centre



Design a space loved by
students and staff

Paint colours are essential in educational environments, influencing the atmosphere and functionality of learning spaces and communal areas. 


Research shows that well-chosen colours can enhance academic performance, boost creativity, and improve behaviour among students. For Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) students, the right colours can create a more comfortable and less overwhelming environment, helping them to focus and learn. Selecting joyful and uplifting colours such as Lilac Skies or Sweet Embrace™ can help to create a comfortable and friendly learning environment that can motivate students and reduces stress.


Further education design scheme example:

college paint scheme

FE students are aware of trends. Keep colour current and evocative of modern culture & interior design.

college paint scheme

Academic lecture rooms may benefit from a colour to the lecture wall to draw in attention and focus to the speaker.

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Students are expected to be independent. Clever use of colour positioning can aid way finding and navigation for all users. Be aware of colour and contrast guidelines in public spaces.

Example Colour Palette

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Choosing the right product
for the right space

Whether you need a durable, antibacterial or specialist product, we have something suitable for walls, ceilings, trim and exterior for every space.


Choosing the right product for the right space
Product Area Room Suggestions Features and benefits
Dulux Trade Sterishield Diamond Matt Social spaces For cafes, restaurants, classrooms and common rooms, a stain-repellent paint with a bactericide is most suitable. • Silver bactericide actively inhibits bacterial growth
• Water-based
• Non-hazardous
• Withstands repeated cleaning
• Long maintenance cycle
Dulux Trade Diamond Eggshell Practical Areas Suitable in areas where condensation is common, like food tech and changing rooms. • Scrub, scuff and stain resistant
• Superior durability
• Repeatedly
cleanable smooth eggshell finish
• Anti-fade technology
Dulux Trade Diamond Matt Teaching spaces Classrooms, lecture theatres and seminar rooms require durable paints with stain-resistant properties. • Scuff and stain resistant
• Superior durability
• Repeatedly cleanable smooth matt finish
• Anti-fade technology
• Available in a wide
range of colours
• 99.9% VOC-free* and complies with BREEAM and LEED certifications
Dulux Trade Scuffshield Matt High-traffic areas For reception areas, lobbies, entrance halls, stairwells, corridors and communal areas, where bags are likely to scratch wall surfaces. • Ultimate scuff resistance technology
• Available in the full range of Dulux Trade colours
• Desirable matt finish, less likely to show any wall imperfections
• Cleanable - to enable marks and dirt to be easily removed
• Scrub resistant offering all-round durability
• Quick drying and easy to apply water-based formula
Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood Trim paint for high-traffic areas Corridors, stairways and access areas providing protection against scratches. • Tough, durable and non-yellowing
• Suitable for high traffic areas
• Stain and grease resistant
• Water-based
Dulux Trade Sterishield Diamond Eggshell Living spaces & facilities Toilets, changing rooms and medical rooms where condensation may be common, require wall coverings with stain-repellent and bactericide properties. • Silver bactericide actively inhibits bacterial growth
• Water-based
• Non-hazardous
• Withstands repeated cleaning
• Long maintenance cycle



Helping you meet
your specific needs

We take time to learn about your individual requirements, and tailor our services to meet your needs


We provide design guides and colour support, which help universities and colleges to meet their legal and social obligations, including the Equality Act for Visual impairment, and the Autism Act, making educational spaces more inclusive for everyone. With the right design and colour, it is possible to eliminate, reduce, or adjust potentially negative impacts, to create places where everyone can flourish equally.





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