Article by Jennifer Adams
Having a comfortable, dedicated place to study is really important
for kids. Their grades may improve and they may build confidence because
they’re more organized. School papers won’t get lost or destroyed by art
projects. They (and you) will save time by not having to clear a table of
dishes or hobby supplies. A successful study area will be calming, quiet and
clean, but not so remote the child feels exiled from your family’s activities.
Provide a study space
outside a child’s bedroom.
Just like us adults need to keep our computers
and bill paying out of our bedrooms, kids’ rooms should be free of stress, too.
Carve out a corner near the kitchen or family room. Or, use the dining room
that you never eat in! Those are usually near the kitchen and all the activity,
but far enough away to feel calm.
Each child should have their own space, and limit loud music
or TV. Keep a chair for yourself handy, so you can help with homework as
needed. As a child gets older, he or she may need a space separate from very
include a desk, a good quality chair and task lights, a comfortable lounge or
armchair or even bean bag for reading. And a window.
We all need to take
breaks, including kids. By having something far away to look at we rest our
eyes. A neat place for books and supplies would be helpful, but store toys and
messy hobbies someplace else.
Color is a part of making
a peaceful, quiet yet interesting atmosphere for quality study
comforting colors such as light blues and greens help us stay focused. Neutral,
monochromatic schemes can be too boring. Bold colors such as red and orange are
exciting but are distracting. Yellow is certainly warm and cheerful, at least
for a little while. Some studies show, however, that yellow can increase
aggression set off tempers! Purple is an interesting color, because darker
tones can be bold and exciting but moody, yet lighter purples are calming.
An ideal study area or
work space would be mostly white or off white, pale blue or green, with accents of brighter colors to create
. Variety is important, in both color, light and furniture
arrangements. Use bright colors such as red, orange, bright blues, purples and
yellows in artwork, fabrics, throw pillows or in an area rug. If there is not a
lot of wall space, neutral colors such as mocha, tan, eggshell whites, or gray
would look and feel nice. Break up a big wall with bold art, and keep other
clutter to a minimum.
Try the colors before
Often, what you think are pale blues, greens or purples end up
too dark or bright to feel calm. Some blues even look gray in different light,
which would be fine as long as that’s what you’re expecting. Grays are hot
right now, and are a good choice for study areas. Tape the paint swatches to
the wall, and look at them during different times of the day, and, ideally, in
different weather to see how the colors look in a variety of conditions.
For the most part, the same principles of creating a
pleasing, safe, and interesting environment for any room works well for a study
area with a few exceptions. While bedrooms need to be very calm, kitchens,
living rooms and dining areas can be more exciting, studies should be a little
What do you think? Send us your thoughts on how you set up
study spaces for your kids!
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