classroom decorations and classroom design

100+ Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Another study found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact positive or negative over the course of a school year.  Here's a quick list of the most valuable classroom decoration and design resources.

Classroom Design Resources

[callout]Tip: One of the best ways to get ideas is to look at classrooms. Check out the Pinterest boards below or start off with Supply Addicts 80+ Beautiful Classrooms and get excited about what you can do.[/callout]

Blog Posts

Interviews with Experts

Tools to Help You Design Your Classroom

Makerspace Design

Library Design



Classroom Design Research and White Papers

Take time to read the research on classroom design and outdoor playground spaces.

Build Your Classroom Design PLN

Build your Personal Learning Network (PLN) by adding these experts and resources to your social media accounts.

Classroom Design Communities

Classroom Design Hashtags

[callout]You may also want to take a look at the Maker education hashtags as this often impacts Classroom Design:  #MakerEd, #MakerSpace.[/callout]

Classroom Design Pinterest Boards

[callout]Tip: Remember that you can always just search for the kind of design you want. But also remember that often people tag things decorations and don't use the word design. For example, here are some awesome science classroom ideas on Pinterest. I typed in science classroom decorations to get this list.[/callout]

People Who Share About Classroom Design

  • Erin Klein @kleinerin
  • David Jakes @djakes
  • Ewan McIntosh @ewanmcintosh
  • I have to include Caine's Arcade and the birth of the Cardboard challenge – this 9-year-old invented a simple idea that changed so many things about what we want to DO in the classroom. Study this as an example of how design can be impacted with a simple idea. He belongs here just because of the impact he's had on what people are doing with making.

Organizations who Talk about Classroom Design

 Videos and Slide Decks

How to Make an Ugly Classroom Beautiful

This time lapse video has over 200,000 views for a reason. Awesome. Once again, we see that classroom decoration is an art. The only question I have about this classroom is if it is too noisy, but I love how the teacher uses inexpensive supplies like construction paper to make a huge difference. I also like the share chair at the front. I am also curious how well the paper held up during the year but he did put clear tape over it on the desks.

Classroom Caboodle's elementary Classroom Layout

Organizing Student Work featuring Ms. Hepburn's First Grade Classroom

Sprinkle Teaching Magic

Shelia Jane shares what she's done in her classroom crib.

Teacher to the Core Gives you a Tour of Her Classroom

Shelly Gray talks about Organizing Classroom Learning Centers

Hope King from Ron Clark Academy gives her Tour

Her classroom is epic! (So is Ron Clark's School.)


[reminder preface=”Question:”]What is missing? Please share in the comments and I'll check it out and add it to this list. [/reminder]

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Allysia January 12, 2016 - 12:42 pm

This is such an amazing and thorough roundup, thanks! As a piano teacher with a fairly small home studio, design is always on my mind (how to make it cozy but not cluttered, professional but inviting, etc). This will be useful!

Vicki Davis January 13, 2016 - 7:56 pm

Good luck Allysia. If you come across other resources, let me know and I’ll share them!

Katrien Delanghe January 13, 2016 - 4:12 am

I’m working in adult education in Leuven, Belgium.
Our school is the language school of the university. We teach 18 languages to students, personnel and people outside the university.

Could you recommend books/articles/ … about class design in adult education / college / university ?

Vicki Davis January 13, 2016 - 7:55 pm

So you want recommendations on laying out a classroom in college? I am guessing some of these things apply but I would look at the research in blended and elearning because you’ve also got an online classroom. I hope some others stop by and can point us into a direction. I would search the Inside HigherEd blog and see what they ahve to say!

Mark Eichenlaub July 16, 2016 - 9:19 am

Talk about an authority list post! Wow.


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