04 Sep INTERIOR DESIGN FOR THE CHILD’S STUDY SPACE
The beginning of the new school year represents also an opportunity to improve the child’s study space. Whether it is just one area in the child’s room or a distinct room, the study space must be both comfortable and support the student’s concentration and creativity, while also reflecting their personality. Here are some interior design tips for your child’s home study space, a functional and inspiring space.
Create a personal space
For a study space to be attractive to the child, he must feel that he “owns it”, that it is his own, according to his personality and passions. If a child loves art, the study space will include a mini-gallery of artwork that they like or have created themselves. If, on the other hand, he likes music, obviously there must be an area in the study space with articles related to music or favorite musical instruments. And if he is fond of reading, the study space will include a mini-library with his favorite books and a pouf bean bag armchair, thus making reading even more fun and attractive.
The must-have desk in the study space doesn’t have to take up the whole interior, it has to be easy to clean, with practical places to store supplies and, possibly, the possibility of expansion for situations where the child invites a colleague to work together on a school project. Do not forget the importance of choosing the office chair, made of high-performance materials, ergonomic, with footrests, armrests and adjustable heights or with a flexible backrest, which will help them to have a correct posture while solving their homework.
Colors play an important role in having a good state of mind and increased productivity. Choosing the right colors gives positive energy, while an inappropriate shade can demotivate the child. Even if the study space is not a distinct room, but only an area in the child’s bedroom, it can be arranged in colors that positively influence the child’s mind and well-being.
Light colors are more suitable for a child’s study space, while dark shades of black, dark blue or dark gray should never be used in a child’s bedroom or study room. You can thus choose bright shades of green, orange, red or yellow.
Shades of green are probably the most suitable or recommended colors for the study space. They spread positive energy indoors, help focus and make a room feel more peaceful. At the same time, shades of red, orange and yellow are soothing colors that help increase energy levels.
Good lighting creates the right atmosphere for properly completing tasks on time. Natural light is the best source of light for the study space. It keeps vision under control and reduces stress. Thus, it is recommended to place the office next to a wide window to benefit from as much natural light as possible. But, be careful about the sights that can distract the child from the lessons due to the intense activity outside.
As the hours one can enjoy natural light are limited, the study space must also be provided with artificial light sources. In addition to the central source of room lighting, usually attached to the ceiling, desk lamps with a flexible arm are an optimal solution for additional lighting, offering the possibility of directing the light directly to the area of interest. In addition, for younger children, there are many models of desk lamps with flexible arm and base in different animal shapes, so the child can also feel that he has a work partner.
Simple, tidy, organized
A clean and organized space will help the child to settle down and focus on his work. The furniture should be simple but well structured.
Organize materials in storage boxes or individual shelves for easy access and efficient use. The child will know exactly where every school item is, where to put every textbook, notebook or other supplies and will be able to access them without rummaging through other materials. Don’t forget a special place for technology – laptop and printer – which the child may need to solve some homework.
Encourage the child to keep their study space tidy, to participate in organizing materials according to subject matter and frequency of use, and periodically to tidy up after themselves to get rid of papers and sheets that may accumulate, for example, but which they no longer need.
Involve the child in decorating their study space
Encourage the child to be involved in designing their study space! This will help them express their personality and increase their sense of belonging to the place where they will spend enough time to solve homework.
The reality is that they knows best what they like and what they don’t like. Ask for their opinion and ideas for arranging the study space and try to incorporate their suggestions where possible. You can also ask them to participate in the implementation of those ideas. By helping to organize and decorate the space, the child will feel important and involved. And the more personalized the learning environment, the more motivated the child will be to sit there and do their homework every day.