Classroom Decoration Ideas for Teachers

Juliette Somma
Dec 9, 2017 · 5 min read
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Decorating a classroom isn’t as easy as it sounds. A lot goes into it. Whether you’re the crafty DIY-er or prefer store-bought decorations, at the end of the day, room decorating is an art. Not only is it an art, it’s also a science. The way that your classroom is designed can set up the tone of your classroom for the entire year.

If your room doesn’t feel inviting to your students, you’ll definitely see that translate to classroom behavior, student interest, and overall joy in the classroom. We get it, you’re probably not an interior designer. But don’t worry — we’ve got you covered here with a list of classroom decoration ideas! Close that Pinterest app, take a seat, and look no further because we’ve got everything you need to get started right here.

Snazzy Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards can take up almost half of the wall space you have in your classroom and are a real opportunity to get your room decor up to speed. You can be as creative as you want here; the possibilities are endless. If you plan to use the bulletin board solely for aesthetic appeal and don’t plan to put anything else on it, here are a few snazzy examples to get your creative juices flowing.

If you plan to put things up on your bulletin boards like reminders, student work, or anything else, you could go with a less crowded design. Nevertheless, fancy patterns for the background are always nice. Gift wrapping paper is one popular substitution. More directions on how to do that here.

Cozy Up the Reading Corner

When you read, it feels almost like you’re taking a trip into a different world, led by the book you’re holding. Why not build on that? Turn a corner in your classroom into a reading center where your students can feel like they’re in a completely different world! You can get really creative here. Here are some samples of inspiration.

Remember, this is supposed to be a cozy place where your students will be comfortable and excited to dive into a book. Soft chairs, bright colors, and reading lights are a must.

Make the Entrance Eccentric

First impressions are important! For young students, the first day of school can be a bit nerve-wracking and an eccentric door like the ones shown below help break the ice a bit. There’s also some opportunity to be clever here. Who wouldn’t be excited to see that their teacher is witty?

Colorize Ceiling Tiles

White ceilings are a wasted opportunity to bring personality to your classroom! Few teachers do this and can be a great way to make your classroom stand out. You could also use the ceiling panels as a way to fit your classroom theme. For example, if you’ve got an island theme going, try painting sky patterns of clouds on your panels. If you want, you could even turn this decoration into a class activity. One way to do this would be to let your students color one ceiling panel each week. By the end of the year, most of your ceiling panels will be colorful and bright.

Window Art

If you’re lucky enough to have windows in your classroom, why not make your room interesting to look at from the outside too? Regardless of how you decide to decorate your window, you can easily turn it into a fun classroom activity with your students. Plus, not only is this method generally cheap, but it can help keep your classroom cooler by preventing too much sun from coming in.

Have older students? Help them sharpen their spatial-recognition abilities and build something a little more complicated.

Decorate Hanging Drop-downs

Drop-down artwork is also quite nice in a classroom, especially if it happens to have high ceilings with lots of air space. If you have a bunch of book dust covers lying around, you could string them up across the classroom just like picture below.

If you’re a little more artsy, you could work with some paper and make tissue paper pom-pom dropdowns or even paper lanterns (if you’re up to the task).

Doing all of these crafty DIY projects can seem difficult and a bit time consuming, but we promise that it’ll be worth it when you see your classroom come to life. Integrate your own theme and your classroom will have its own personality in no time. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do all of this alone! You have a bunch of students who would likely love to help you. Good luck!

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