What If Offices Were More Like Kindergarten Classrooms?

I had an odd experience a few days ago.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw a photo a friend had posted about her son selecting the kindergarten he’ll enter in the fall. The photo was of her son standing in a kindergarten classroom.

As I looked at the photo, this wave of something hit me. The classroom evoked a feeling that wasn’t quite nostalgia. Rather, it was closer to the intersection of comfort and happiness. I’m still looking for the words.

Here, maybe looking at this will help you understand:

What is it about a kindergarten classroom that feels so right? Is it how everything has a place? The miniature size of the furniture? The bright colors? There’s just something warm and kind of magical about the use of space.

I think it might be a feeling that’s completely unique to kindergarten classrooms. But does it have to be? What if offices were designed with the same principles in mind. Bright, cheery colors. Desks made to share. Cubbies for your shoes. And maybe even reduce the size of everything a little bit, just to put people in the creative headspace of being a kid. Do you think that would work?

I’m curious if others share this feeling and can put it into better words.