House Design

Create a study space with style for your home

13 Hamsterley Square Wantirna
Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2019-01-25 17:41:21

As the countdown to the start of the school year begins, shoes are being polished and stationery is being bought. While having all the right equipment for school is important, so is having a suitable study area at home. Setting your child up for a successful start to the year is something many parents are conscious of and it’s a common request received by the owner of The Designory, Melissa Bonney.“We get many inquiries for study spaces for children, especially in a project where we are designing the entire house,” she says.media_cameraThis study space created by The Designory makes perfect use of a nook. Photo: Tom Ferguson“Study spaces for children have become a vital part of the design for children’s bedrooms and other spaces.“A space that is functional, beautiful and has plenty of storage has become a key request from our recent clients, even those with small children as they prepare spaces for their child’s eventual progress into study and homework.”Melissa says a well-designed study space should allow for an easy transition from childhood to teenage years.“Making sure you have adequate power in the room will allow you to introduce a computer or laptop when your child gets older,” she says. “Simple restyling like adding more grown-up art pieces to the wall, a grown-up office chair and great stationery will ease the transition.”media_cameraThe Sheffield two-drawer desk from Officeworks is teamed with a swivel chair for flexibilityWhile including a desk and chair in a study space are obvious choices, Melissa says there are other factors to consider.“Lots of storage which allows for kids to be organised and tidy is an essential element,” she says. “This can be done in a variety of ways with clever joinery and hidden spaces for books, computers and papers.“In a recent project we used a bi-fold door on the side of a cupboard which allowed for the computer and other study essentials to be put away easily.”Melissa says the best location for a child’s study space — whether it’s in a bedroom or a communal space — will depend on the family’s needs and the layout of the house.media_cameraThe Johansen desk from Great Dane Furniture is a study in minimalism. Picture: Pablo Veiga“Light is very important to a successful working space and so if natural light such as a window or skylight isn’t available, make sure the space is well lit with task lighting options,” she says. “Think about how you or your family like to work and ensure that the design facilitates this.“If you need plenty of desk space then install drawers and storage below your desk space or if space is limited, add wall cabinets above your desk and include integrated strip lighting.”If you have the opportunity to design a study area from scratch, there’s plenty of scope to create a beautiful space.“Materials play a huge role in creating a stylish and attractive study space, and choosing ones which allow a room to feel fresh, open and tidy is vital,” Melissa says.media_cameraKeep things simple with this Bekant corner desk from Ikea“On a few of our recent projects we have used Caesarstone benchtops in our desk designs because the material wears so well and it’s easy to keep clean.”She says styling can also play a huge role in creating a study space which is an enjoyable — and enticing — space to work in.“Natural elements like timber pen cups, brass or marble accents and even a candle can help make a study space feel joyous and inspiring,” she says.Of course, keeping a desk area clear can be a challenge when textbooks and electronics such as laptops are left in plain sight, but if you can manage to keep on top of the mess, it will be worth it. A clutter-free space will also help young minds focus on the task at hand.media_cameraCaesarstone desk design by Melissa Bonney of The Designory. Photo: Tom Ferguson“Often when a space isn’t tidy, it simply comes down to there not being enough storage for items to be put away,” Melissa says.“Custom joinery will always allow you to create storage which works perfectly for how you wish to use your study space, however items like bookcases, storage drawers and even chic jute baskets can help.“We love to incorporate hidden bookshelves in the side of cabinetry, use bi-fold doors to enclose a printer cupboard or pocket doors to allow you to open the area when in use and hide it away again later.”