Decorating ideas for junior and primary school cafeterias

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Decorating ideas for junior and primary school cafeterias
Renovate the canteen like Jamie Oliver reformed school dinners. (Wikimedia Commons)

Bright colours and cheerful images create a stimulating and warm atmosphere for primary and junior school cafeterias -- rooms that can double as auditoriums or theatres for school functions. Informative posters featuring popular cartoon characters engage students with facts and helpful tips about the food pyramid, healthy snacks, etc. Implementing art contests among students or showcasing artwork from each class includes students in the decorating process.

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Primary colours

Use bright primary colours like red and yellow to create a warm atmosphere that is fun for students. Patterns like stripes or geometric shapes on an accent wall can offer another engaging aspect to the space. Trim the room with a contrasting colour like green or blue, and paint doors in the same contrasting colours.


Spruce up plain white walls with murals featuring the school mascot, local landmarks, literary characters or landscapes. You can also use blackboard paint or magnetic paint to create a space where students can draw, write or create homemade magnetic poetry. Combine murals and blackboards so students can make ever-changing additions to the decor and create dynamic art.

Informative posters

Purchase or make posters with healthy eating tips, bicycle safety, drug awareness or fire safety messages, etc. Posters with healthy, child-friendly recipes or snack ideas kids can make themselves are helpful and informative decorations. Use posters or banners with safety tips to offer students ideas for keeping themselves safe. Drug-free posters featuring cartoon characters or actors and actresses keep the messages current.

Student artwork

Keep a constant rotation of student artwork on notice boards, easels or other fixtures inside the cafeteria. Create contests, art shows or a cooperative project across classes or grades. Plan one theme per week or month, or have students create posters with healthy eating ideas and kitchen safety tips. You can feature a different class each week, or you can focus on themes like holidays, British monarchs or cultural awareness.

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