There's more to day-care center design than child safety. Color and scale play a major role in how youngsters relate to the space, how they behave, how they learn.
Give them bright colors, furniture that fits, art at their eye level, a nook for hiding--and watch them thrive, Antonio Torrice says.
Torrice, of Burlingame, Calif., co-author of "In My Room" (Fawcett-Columbine, 1989, $22.95) and a specialist in designing spaces for children, was co-chairman of the National Task Force on Day Care Interior Design.
The group studied the design of 155 centers over a two-year period and interviewed about 100 day-care providers, educators, pediatricians and psychologists on worthwhile interior elements for young children. It also set up a controlled experiment at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. There, observers studied how children respond to different environments.