Every household is raised up to be a home on the account of routine hard work and persistent endeavors to keep oneself and one’s family enlightened and happy. Be it after hours office work being executed at home, kids doing homework, or the lady of the house browsing through the internet to keep in touch with her social circles; a space solely dedicated to such work/learning activities in a contemporary house is indispensable. A study room, or simply a ‘study’ resolves the need for a space to conduct paperwork, office work or reading in privacy, away from the domestic hassle. So, let’s have a look at the basics of study room design.
Study Room Design Ideas
The idea of privacy in a study is defined by the location of the room. Keeping it a little aloof from the public spaces, and closer to the bedrooms of the house would ensure restricted access as well as visual and aural privacy which is the key to a nurturing ‘work environment’. In a multistoried house, it is often located in the lounge/living spaces adjoining the bedrooms. Mezzanine libraries tend to have a particular spatial charm apart from being distinguishable from the surrounding spaces, aiding their purpose.
Many of us prefer a small study nook in our bedroom. A study desk, chair and couple of floating shelves can fulfill this need.
To certify auditory privacy, make sure that the study is free from any noise and disturbance. If your home overlooks a busy road, plan the study away from it. If it is unavoidable, use acoustic glass or glass wool cased between laminates or other sound insulation methods to minimize distraction.
Study Room Furniture
Optimum utilization of the space allotted to a study can only be guaranteed by an efficient furniture arrangement. Circulation space should not be compromised at the expense of installing furniture with limited utility.
Analogous arrangement of furniture, i.e. table and chairs against the wall on one side and a bed or shelves on the other side, would provide quite the necessary circulation space.
An ‘L’ shaped arrangement would avoid a horizontal stretch of circulation space. Limiting installation of furniture to one side of the room would engage the user in a more clutter-free and open aura of the space.
Book shelves, cabinets for trophies, a study table with a drawer and a chair are what a study room is usually furnished with. Apart from these conventional items, one can think about having wall extrusions instead of a book shelf to give the room a materialistically fluid look. Having a leather couch against a textured wall with an antique-pendulum next to the seating would strike a fusion between medieval and contemporary interiors. A bean-bag coupled with a funky CD rack would be something to turn to for a teenager’s study.
Provision for sufficient storage, both open (shelves, racks) and closed (cabinets, cupboards) would render the space clutter free.
For an avid reader’s study, having an ottoman or a single seat sofa would be the most appropriate seating option. The notion of “burning the midnight oil” can be assisted by having a bed in the study, adding a touch of rest-at-your-convenience sort of comfort. And with the concept of working late, comes the compulsive need for “coffee”, hence one could definitely think about having a snacks-station within the study premises. The same would come in handy, while handling client-meetings while at home.
Study Decoration and Lighting
Light adds life to an inhabited space, and facilitates execution of visual tasks when the room is occupied.
Daylight if brought in sufficient amounts, avoiding glare would be ideal during the daytime. Shrewd placement of windows, with blinds sifting subtle sunlight in and keeping the noises of the neighbouring streets off the space would bring breathe vital peace into the room.
In a study reading, writing and other paperwork demand task ambient lighting beyond others, whereas computer work would call for general lighting and mainly to avoid glare.
Wall sconces lighting the study gently alongside the coloured wall, paired with table lamps or desk lights would satisfy the lighting requirements. A fancy renaissance-inspired chandelier with high intensity spotlights attached to the bottom of the shelf above the reading table would add drama and mystery both to the study.
The general ambience of the room can be altered a lot by just wall and floor finishes. The flooring could either be in sync with the rest of the house, or you could go for something different and corporate like wood which make the study resemble an office more than a space with regular tiles or stone like the rest of the house. The wall should be painted in colors that soothes as well as helps one focus. And wall so simple demands to be brought to life, by simple accessories like wall clocks, paintings, relief sculptures. These will not only decorate the wall but also speak volumes about the artistic affiliations of the user which is essential to provide an identity to a space as personal as a study.
Ultimately, a study room ought to be more comfortable than fancy, for it is the space for the mind to function and ideas to turn into reality. And nothing fosters positive results more than one’s personal, familiar space that helps the mind stay calm, composed and inspired.
Author: Aishwarya Narayana