June 26, 2015 5min read
The humble study can have a huge impact on the functionality of your daily family life. There are a range of uses for this often overlooked room, from giving you the space and privacy to work, make phone calls and sort out household administration, to providing an interactive environment where you can help the little ones with homework. Make sure you consider our study design and decoration tips for the best results.
Study spaces back in the day
What comes to mind when you think of a traditional study? Chances are, like most people, you’ll mentally separate it as a room placed away from the hub of everyday activity, generally towards the front of the house.
While it serves an obvious purpose, this traditional placement tends to segregate the space from the family living zones. This is ideal for peace and privacy, but not so great for busy parents attempting to keep an eye on the household while they pay bills, or supervise homework and internet usage.
Study spaces in the here and now
As house designs have become more open plan to suit our evolving lifestyle needs, the placement of the study has become more popular as an informal and interactive area in the central living space. It is now often referred to as a study nook or iHub area.
Technology has been the biggest driver in changing the demands on a study, with the physical streamlining of devices resulting in laptops, tablets and all-in-one PC units that are easily portable around the home. This allows families to spend more time in each other’s company while also getting work done in the main living area.
Double study spaces
The inclusion of two study areas is an innovative convenience for parents and children, offering a more traditional study and additional study nook. The two study layout is practical for those who work from home or run a business and families with teenagers, who often require quiet space for advance studying. Meanwhile, the additional study nook still caters to the needs of younger children who require a higher level of interaction and supervision out in the central living space.
A second study space upstairs is also popular in the double storey portfolio. It complements the rumpus area and gives the kids their own space to hang out in, while also offering some privacy for older children.
Secrets for a stylish nook
With the dwindling popularity of the traditional desk and the rise of study nook, we now commonly use a simple bench in the same material as the kitchen within the nook space. This means that it looks like a natural extension of the space rather than just an odd addition.
Study nooks work well with clever streamlined storage and floating shelves so that you can pack clutter away, while a shared pinboard or chalkboard can help you to remember family commitments and important occasions.
For those who work from home or have older children studying, consider installing shutters to divide the space from the central living zone, which gives the option to close off the area when privacy or quiet is required.
Style your dedicated study with restraint
The biggest style mistake people make with a traditional study is they go out and buy traditional office furniture, which means it doesn’t flow with the rest of the home. To ensure that you have a great work space, remember that you don’t necessarily need to buy somber office furnishings with severe lines and dark, gloomy colours. Some of the best desks can be small dining tables; just make sure the timber colour or materials used match other pieces in the rest of your home.
Regardless of whether you choose a floorplan with a study nook or a dedicated study, or even both, make sure you have all the data and electrical points you need and remember the essentials like good task lighting and a comfortable chair.
Do you prefer the study nook or a more traditional study space?