- By Samantha Langridge
- 17th Jan 2022
School Design Trend Predictions for 2022
Like all creative endeavours, educational interior design goes through different trends and fashions. Of course, interior design for educational facilities is not an annual occurrence, so these trends have to be timeless to some extent, if only because any changes must last until the next funding cycle. That doesn’t mean your school refurbishment cannot be cutting edge – it just means that the edge itself is somewhat longer than it would be in other industries.
As professional classroom designers with decades of experience under our collective belts, Westcountry Group is always keen to help you accomplish something truly special when it comes to educational interior design. Here are some of the trends that are coming in 2022 that you should be mindful of…
Integration of Technology
If you’ve been given the go-head to redesign your school interior, it can be tempting to invest in the latest technology and have that as your focal point. We recommend resisting such temptation. Technology has a very short shelf life and will likely be on the verge of obsolescence before the paint has even dried on your new classroom. Strive instead for an effect interior design where new technology can be easily integrated and upgraded as needed.
The national lock-downs of 2020 and 2021 caused many schools to adopt new ways of distance learning and these measures should be considered when redesigning your interior. You can incorporate better lighting and mounted streaming cameras in classrooms that make it easier for teachers to deliver live online lessons to students who are isolating. At the same time, any classroom design should ensure pupils both in and out of the school can see and hear everything they need.
Of course, it’s not just with distance learning that we have learned to be flexible. Many schools are adopting multi-use areas to maximise the space available on school grounds. Some examples include a sports hall that doubles as a school canteen, or a classroom that can become a drama studio in a matter of minutes. The clever use of partitioning, moveable walls, and multi-purpose furniture allows for a truly versatile school experience.
If you run an educational establishment in the South East or South West region that requires the services of professional interior designers and contractors, give Westcountry Group a call today on 0330 030 0330. Our team will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote for our services.