There’s no place inside your home quite like the study room. Of course, its uniqueness depends on how you choose to decorate it. We can imagine something of a stereotype. The shades are pulled down and there’s an old man smoking a pipe in his rocking chair. His nostalgic, melancholy smile suggests he’s remembering the days spent at… Well, there’s no need to continue that one, you get the point! Let’s put those movie-like pictures aside and talk business. So, are you feeling unmotivated to work and study inside the study room? Get the irony? If so, make sure you check out the 10 study room decoration tips for your home you’ll find below.

First of all, you’d want to make sure the place is functional, comfortable, and appealing. Also, it needs to look professional. Adding some minimalist artwork or a couple of plants can’t hurt. Light, pastel colors, and focused lighting will create an inspiring atmosphere. Lastly, avoid overcrowding your study room with items, as you don’t need distractions.

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#1 Find the perfect balance between form & function

One might think: here we go again with the famous form vs. function debate… Don’t worry! We’re not trying to resurrect old, fruitless discussions. That’s so XX century, right?

Anyway, the thing here is: your study room needs to be highly functional. Still, we can imagine someone putting all sorts of gadgets, books, or toys around the place. It’s only natural one would want to create a familiar, home-ish atmosphere. While that might be so, it’s good to keep those additions at a minimum. At the same time, it’s not like your study room has to look totally impersonal. You don’t want to make a prison cell out of your study area.

How to know when’s enough?

Think about the necessities of your learning space inventory. Basically, it’s the stuff that you can’t work without (a good, sturdy desk, for example). See if you can find the right design for those items. They need to represent the ideal mixture of form and function. Also, you have the absolute right to place “non-functional” items around the area. Just try not to make it look like a kid’s room or something.

#2 Make it look professional

When figuring out what’s the right design for your study room, think about this. Imagine if some of the folks you work with were to see you inside the place. Also, our imaginary visitors can be the folks you go to lectures with. Would you say they’d think it looks professional? If your answer’s negative, design the space so it leaves no doubts about its purpose.

Now, people have slightly different views on what they consider to be professional. Still, one can’t deny there’s something we all deem as quite unprofessional. For example, a dirty, unkempt study room isn’t something you’d want to strive for!

#3 Hang minimalist pieces of art

Original pieces of art are always great additions to any living or working space. You don’t have to be a professional interior designer to figure that one out. Anyway, certain folks like to overdo it. Once they’re done, you’d wish the walls stay forever empty.

Avoid repeating that scenario! Hang minimalist pieces of art around the place to create a cool, inspiring atmosphere. 

Why minimalism?

A single minimalist, abstract painting on a wall speaks a lot more than it meets the eye. At first glance, it seems devoid of any meaning, but once you give it a second look… Anyway, it’s certainly more thought-provoking than a couple of rotten apples in a bowl. Also, it looks way more professional (see the paragraph above), don’t you think? The motto: less is more should be your guiding star.

A minimalist painting hung on a study room wall

#4 Choose the right color(s) for the study room walls

Okay, so let’s check out which colors work best in the study room. As you might assume, colors are very important for setting up the mood of the spaces we occupy. That’s why it’s crucial you pick the right one(s) for your study room.

We did a bit of research and talked to a few interior designers. What’s very interesting is that their answers don’t differ much from each other. Here are the colors they’ve selected as ideal:

  • Light green. Generally, this shade of green represents spring, and therefore – rebirth.
  • Pastel blue. Enjoy the soothing melancholy of a rainy day. (Excuse the amateur-ish attempts at poetry.)
  • Cream. Makes your study room look like something straight from an artsy magazine cover.
  • White. It just never gets old, doesn’t it? Why change something that works?

All of the above represent so-called neutral colors. Also, they have a soothing effect on our brains. You’ve probably heard someone saying that green rests the eyes. Anyway, these colors help us stay focused and concentrated, and above all – relaxed. Avoiding dark tones in the study room is a must.

#5 Install proper lighting

While on the subject of avoiding dark tones, it would be a shame not to mention proper lighting. A dark room makes us sleepy and tires our eyes, to a point where they close by themselves. And that’s a combination you could call a genuine atmosphere-killer. Still, one shouldn’t go far in the opposite direction. For example, fluorescent light will also do some damage to our eyes.

What’s there to be done?

Your best bet is to focus it on your desk, for example. Use a well-designed, high-quality desk lamp for this. Alternatively, you can also use overhead lights to brighten up the area around your desk. This prevents you from feeling easily tired while studying/working.

Also, think about putting draperies or blinds on the windows. While natural light is the best during the daytime, it might be a distraction. There’s a good reason why you’d want more control there.

#6 Keep the materials nearby

As we’re sure many of you know, good organization is key for getting anything done. Some of us learned this the hard way and there’s no reason why you should make the same mistake. One of the best organizational strategies here is to keep everything close at hand. You could also make a list of all the items that make up your study room alongside their exact location. That way, you’ll never wonder where you put this or that (a typical study room scene).

Gather all the crucial material near your desk, just so you don’t have to stand up every two seconds. This will save you a whole lot of time and nerves!

#7 What about rugs?

Here’s another cool study room idea. Adding some rugs to your study room floor might just be the thing you need. Some might say rugs are an essential element of any room decoration. We couldn’t agree more, since they boost the room’s coziness level and elegance. Aim for furry rugs in lighter undertones to match the color schemes we’ve presented above.

#8 Plants, anyone?

We’ve already said green rests the eyes. Over the years, multiple studies have shown plants in office space make a difference. What’s that about? Well, it turns out they boost employees’ motivation and concentration. Nowadays, you won’t see an office without some green.

Adding a couple of plants to your study room scenography will be just enough. You don’t want to overdo it, of course. This will make your study room look more lively and attractive. A sterile, plantless scenery doesn’t work well with humans. Who would’ve thought?

#9 Border your study room with a bookshelf

Now, some of us mightn’t have the luxury of having a separate study room. Don’t worry a bit! There are alternative ways to border the space you’ll use solely for working and studying. How about you add a tall bookshelf to serve as a substitute for a study room wall?

The “border” and why there should be one

Nowadays, people have a hard time separating work from home. That’s because many folks are involved in what you’d call remote jobs. That’s exactly why there needs to be a clear border defining your working space.

#10 Comfy desk & chair combo

Last but most definitely not least, you should opt for a comfortable chair & desk combo. Since you’ll probably sit through a good part of the day, it’s very important you’re comfortable. You’ll prevent back issues, which are, unfortunately, pretty “popular” among working folks today. Also, this combo will greatly affect your productivity. Choose the right height and design. Lastly, aim for sturdy material since you want these items to last.

10 Study room decoration tips for your home – A recap

Alright, shall we do a quick summary? Here are the 10 study room decoration tips for your home in one place:

  • Find the perfect balance between form and function. Settle the neverending dispute by finding the middle ground.
  • Make your study room look professional. That way you’ll feel more motivated to work.
  • Add minimalist pieces of art. Artwork can enrich your study room area, just don’t overdo it.
  • Choose the right colors. Neutral colors such as light green or pastel blue should be your pick.
  • Install proper lighting. A dark room makes people drowsy.
  • Keep all your materials nearby. Being organized is the key.
  • Add rugs to your study room floor. See that they fit the color scheme.
  • A couple of plants will lighten up the vibe of the place. Be subtle!
  • Use a tall bookshelf to separate work from home. Is there a better substitute for a wall?
  • Find yourself a comfy desk & chair combo. This will prevent you from having back issues and increase your overall productivity.

That’s about it, folks. These were some neat study room ideas. For more tips on working and studying online, make sure you visit our blog page.