Interior Materials and Colors for Study Room Comfort

Ivanka Marinova, Alexandra Ivanova, Teodor Roshavelov, Ivanka Dobreva and Nikolai Alexandrov


Higher educational process is undergoing constant and rapid changing and diversifying. Buildings are expected to meet contemporary requirements for energy efficiency, environmental-friendly materials and technology-supporting qualities. Study environment is expected to meet complex requirements for necessary conditions for the ongoing processes that include supporting of thermal comfort (warmth and cooling); air quality (freshness and ventilation); light comfort; acoustic comfort; learning and information assimilation; problem solving; recreating and socializing. In addition to conventional approaches, alternative developments are also considered. Improving comfort trough interior materials and color design is a contemporary energy efficiency and healthy living environment tendency. The report examines contemporary interior material and color design scope and the effect of interior design elements on thermal light and acoustic comfort in a study room in higher education facility in order to improve the learning process. Characteristics of university hall and the requirements they raise are studied. An overview of materials’ and colors’ features as a means of improving thermal comfort is included. Theoretical and practical studies of the physical properties, physiological effects and psychological impact of material and color combinations are studied. The conclusions of this report are that proper combination of materials and colors can result in better living comfort, lowered energy consumption and improved learning process.