Ideas for decorating a home study room

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Ideas for decorating a home study room
Bright colours are stimulating to younger children. (colourful backgrounds image by Liu Xiang from Fotolia.com)

Study rooms are a great addition to any home because they provide a space focused on study. This is especially important for people who are easily distracted or live with children or other friends or family members who frequent communal spaces. The decor of home study rooms differs according to their purpose and the individuals who will use the space.

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Purpose

Identify how the room will be used. If the study area is for a school-age child or teenager, decorate the room to suit the child's needs. For example, many school-age children take courses in history, geography and political science. Therefore, maps and globes make useful decor accessories.

The room could also have a theme based on a specific area of learning. A child taking English courses might like a room devoted to great literature. Use sponge paint and stencils to paint Shakespearean quotes on the walls. Hang posters of great authors and novels.

Other handy accessories for study rooms include dry erase boards, cork boards, bookcases and file cabinets.

Personality

Although home study rooms are intended for learning and study, they should reflect people using them. Some people need comfortable furniture and relaxation to concentrate. Therefore, a stiff chair and desk may not be the most appropriate furnishings. Instead, the room might include beanbags, a couch or a love seat. Mary Carol Garrity, of The Seattle Times, recommends choosing multi-purpose furniture like ottomans that can double as a coffee table and extra seating.

Learning

Other factors can affect learning in a study space. According to American School and University magazine, colours make an impact on a student's ability to learn and focus. Bright colours like orange and red are stimulating to young children and may assist in their productivity. Adolescents and teenagers tend to find blues and greens less distracting and less stressful; therefore, these colours may be more suitable for their study spaces. Incorporate colour into paint, wallpaper, posters and even furniture.

Sounds can also impact focus. For instance, if the room is located near a busy section of the house, place a radio or white noise box in the room to block out exterior sounds.

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