Designing kindergartens is often an opportunity for interior designers to release their inner child and experiment with bright colours in unexpected ways.
In these ten projects, designers used colour to encourage kids to crawl, jump and learn.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include homely offices, interiors with cross-laminated timber and green bathrooms.
Situated in the middle of a high-rise housing development in the South Korean capital's Seocho District, the five-storey Flower Kindergarten was designed to starkly contrast the neighbouring monotone buildings.
Designer Danielle Brustman shows how kindergarten interiors needn't always be bright and gaudy in Brighton Street Early Learning Centre.
Located in a brutalist building in Melbourne, this learning centre has pastel colours, marmoleum flooring and theatrical hand-painted murals throughout the playrooms.
The TTC Elite Saigon Kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City features vibrant colours that frame its irregularly-shaped windows, allowing light to filter through in tinted hues.
The children who attend this nursery and preschool in the Boston area can play and learn against the backdrop of boldly patterned wallpaper.
"The soft classroom lighting and dynamic ceiling contribute to a sense of calm and wonder in the learning spaces," explained American studio Supernormal.
Childcare subscription app Brella opened a multifunctional space in Los Angeles that functions as a play centre, co-working space and yoga studio.
In order to unite the different spaces, the designers used a bold colour palette throughout. Arched doorways painted in a blue hue that resembles Pantone's Colour of 2020 frame the pathways from one room to another, while other areas are painted in a contrasting bright coral.
On the ground floor of this split-level play area, Beijing studio SAKO Architects has painted columns and tiered platforms in an array of dynamic colours.
A total of 18 shades make up the rainbow colour palette that is threaded around the building, including across the ceilings and around the windows.
Porthole windows with brightly coloured alcoves, a staggering spiral staircase and waterfall gutters are among the playful details in this community centre in Cambridge, England.
Up to 100 children can climb, play and peak through little porthole windows that frame the low-lying nursery buildings by MUMA Architects.
Magenta pink paint was used to cover the walls and ceilings of this art classroom in a Chinese kindergarten by Crossboundaries.
Set within a formerly derelict building, a series of slides and climbing frames alongside the bright colours were used to bring the space to life.
Bright blocks of primary colours were used to highlight important areas such as the kitchen counter, lockers and play areas in this kindergarten interior.
The architects also played with the space by adding lots of windows, places for kids to hide and different floor levels.
"The space itself was quite dark – it's deep and there wasn't too much daylight," said No Architects co-founder Jakub Filip Novák.
"So we chose a lot of white and light finishes, natural oiled plywood and warm colours that correspond with the nursery's branding," he added.
This cheerfully coloured daycare centre in New York uses pops of colour throughout to create a "dramatic" look for children.
The Mi Casita Preschool and Cultural Center, which is located in a mixed-use development, has coral orange walls in the main area, while sea blue is found on furnishings and in bathrooms.
"Colour is used for dramatic effect throughout the space," the team said. "Turquoise on the ceiling and light globes give the sense of being under a bright blue sky."
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing homely offices, interiors with cross-laminated timber and green bathrooms.