Making space to study and create is increasingly important in every home.
When it comes to kids, it's extra important that the space is an inviting and stimulating place to be. Remember it's not just for homework – it can be a space for reading, listening to music, drawing and writing as well.
Painting a child's room with their favourite colours is a great place to start. Be sure to add places to store things like pens and pencils, books and headphones to keep their desk free from clutter, as well as somewhere to hang their artwork and photos of their friends to personalise the space and help make it really feel like their own.
Proper lighting is really important in a study. If your desktop space doesn't allow for a lamp, hang a pendant light like this one. Paint hollow wooden balls in your chosen colour palette and thread them on to the cord of a large naked bulb. Ours are painted in Resene Blue Lagoon, Resene Scrumptious, Resene Revolution (try Resene Raven) and Resene Half Rice Cake.
Teen study space
Everything (should be) illuminated
Teen study space – Why not make your teen's study space a joyful place for them to read, listen to music and surf the internet? Lower wall in Resene Coast, upper wall and floor in Resene Poured Milk, circles painted on wall in Resene Influential (try Resene Tussock), Resene Shilo and Resene Yes Please (try Resene Fountain Blue) with cork placemats (used as pin boards) in Resene Raging Bull, Resene Coast, Resene Yes Please, Resene Shilo and Resene Influential, desk in Resene Influential, chair and pencil cup in Resene Yes Please, bookshelf and magazine file in Resene Raging Bull and plant pots in Resene Influential and Resene Coast.
Everything (should be) illuminated – This fun study space offers 'full surround colour' to help inspire, with walls in Resene Blue Lagoon and a floor in Resene Vista Blue. The pegboard noticeboard and chair are in Resene Revolution (try Resene Raven) while the desk legs are in boldly contrasting Resene Scrumptious. Painting used cans in matching shades is a supersimple way to add another layer of colour to this space. By keeping the tabletop neutral in Resene Half Rice Cake, it keeps the workspace itself from being too distracting.
Creating a special reading nook for any age with the bold black of a Resene FX Blackboard Paint wall is perfect for inspiration and personalisation. This floor is Resene Alabaster for a monotone base to the room that can be accessorised to suit any child of any age from toddler to teen. Or for a coloured chalkboard use Resene FX Chalkboard Paint or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen.
Why not create a special space for your little ones to work alongside you so that they feel included? In this fun and vibrant space – inspired by an old schoolhouse – the upper wall has been painted in Resene Moonlight (try Resene Hampton), the panelling is in Resene Untamed (try Resene Verdun Green) and the shelf and table legs are painted in Resene Noir.
Build panelled walls out to create a shelf where everything you need will be in easy reach.
Your kids can even help you make this simple magnetic chalkboard, which is made from a picture frame with the glass removed. Simply paint with two coats of Resene FX Magnetic Magic on the backing followed by Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in your choice of colour. We used Resene Family Tree (try Resene Palm Green). Once dry, you can write on it with chalk, which can be wiped off with a wet cloth or hang strong magnets on it – like these wooden letter magnets, painted in a bright spectrum of Resene testpot colours – and spell out some fun!
Eke out a niche
If you have a budding artist in the family, why not make a special place for them to create? Working in a room with artwork and cheerful walls like these ones in Resene Gelato, Resene Moonbeam and Resene Half Black White could help inspire their next masterpiece. The chair is in Resene Vanilla Ice, the coat rack is in Resene Onahau and the 'floor rug' is a painted square of Resene Geyser over Resene Half Black White.
A fun stripe of Resene ASAP (try Resene Billy T) was added to this Resene Dusted Blue wall in this study, which shows off plenty of personality. The filing cabinet, basket and shelf crates complement in Resene Seachange, Resene True Blue and Resene Whirlwind (try Resene Gothic). The Resene Alabaster chair plays off the lampshade, the trestle legs are in Resene True Blue and the timber flooring grounds the look in Resene Colorwood Walnut stain.
Fortune favours the bold
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