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What are Smarter Spaces?

There is a wealth of research that proves that colour and design can have a positive impact on children’s behaviour and learning outcomes. Therefore, Smarter Spaces are places that are designed to combine both aesthetic as well as functionality, giving schools visually beautiful places to work that are also designed to support your unique learning objectives. We’ve gathered all of the evidence from existing research to inform our education design principles which can help you to maximise your spaces.

How else are Dulux supporting education?

Our mission has four commitments. In our spirit of cooperation, each one is supported by a key partner.

  1. To encourage teachers and children to take an active role in design, so they’re invested in and proud of their schools
  2. To pool existing research and commission our own, so we expand knowledge of school design in the teaching profession
  3. To work with education community and government to raise the profile of design in education and campaign for more investment to support it
  4. To develop the best ways for schools to improve their environments with experts at Dulux

Visit our blog to see the latest campaign developments.

Can you provide a solution that works with my limited budget?

Yes. Creating an inspirational learning environment doesn’t have to be a costly endeavour. Simply providing a splash of colour, or rearranging some furniture in the classroom can have a significant impact on students, giving them an environment they feel ready to learn in. On top of that, with our tough, durable paints, you can rest assured that your colourful spaces will maintain their beautiful look for longer.

Plus, if you set up a Dulux Schools Account you will have access to our in store experts who can help you choose your products and a year round discount for yourself and your local community.

Can you support me to find a contractor, even if I don’t want you to project manage?

Yes. With over 250 of the country’s best contractors, Dulux Trade Contract Partnership is an online database for streamlining your search. Once you have established the scope of your project, you can identify potential partners online and send invites to tender. We can help you through the process with our step by step guide, by calling 0115 966 7690 or go to

What design options can you offer me?

Whether you are designing one classroom or require a 3-year plan for a full-school redevelopment, we’re here to help. We have experience of all projects - big and small - and our team of trained designers will be on hand from the start to understand your specific needs, while meeting your budget. With everything from colour to lighting and furniture on our radar, we can help you unlock fantastic opportunities in your environment. To find out more give us a call on 0333 222 7022.

Why should I use Dulux Trade paints?

We believe that every school should have access to a colourful learning environment, and to deliver this, we have a comprehensive range of market leading products to support your educational requirements. From durable paints such as our Diamond range, designed to resist everyday knocks and scuffs, to our flame retardant paint, Pyroshield that upgrades the fire classification of your school, our products offer so much more than just colour! Check out our Product Selector to see which paints are best for the different spaces in your school.