Going Back to School: How to Design The Perfect Study Space
It sounds cliché, but it’s true – your kids get out of school what they’re able to put into it. If you create a space where they can work smart and hard, they’ll reap good grades and enjoy the learning experience all the more. That can be difficult, however, if there isn’t a comfortable place to hit the books at home. Use these tips to design a perfect study space in your home.
Get the light right
Improper lighting that produces a ton of shadows or a harsh glare puts strain on the eyes and can cause headaches. If possible, put a desk near a window. The natural light can boost moods and help encourage better concentration.
If you don’t have a nice window-side spot for the desk, invest in full-spectrum light bulbs. The University of Alabama’s Center for Academic Success says, “Shielded full-spectrum fluorescents may cause you to be calmer, steadier, and less easily distracted.” Another option is to use smart light bulbs, like the Philips Hue. With these nifty gadgets, you use an app on your Android or iOS device to choose what kind of lighting you want. There is a special setting geared toward boosting concentration.
Add color for concentration
We oftentimes think of color as purely a matter of taste, but the hues that surround us can have a profound impact on mood and productivity. Blue and green both help keep you calm, and some studies point to blue as being the most productive color. Orange can help boost concentration, so consider using it as a bold accent.
Also think about bringing in things like houseplants, natural producers of fresh oxygen, but also a way to include a natural range of textures and color combinations, too.
Make it personal
One of the keys in designing your study space is to prevent it from feeling sterile. Add a few things that make your kids feel secure and happy, like pictures of your family, cool art, stuffed animals, or motivating posters.
You can even bring in your music player with a port and speaker; some studies indicate that listening to classical music can heighten academic performance, and it’s a great way to introduce your kids to a new range of sounds as they work! Just make sure that none of the personal items you bring in will serve as a huge distraction.
Keep it organized
Maintaining an organized study space helps your kids transition smoothly from one task to the next and cuts back on frustration. Make a list of all the supplies they need to have easy access to, including a computer, textbooks, pens, notebooks, etc., and make sure you have adequate drawers and shelves for storage. Clutter itself is a distraction, and an impediment to learning and getting things done. Organization is your best defense.
Say no to distractions
No matter how many times you tell your kids to be quiet while you’re studying, chances are the house won’t stay as silent as you would like. Take steps to sound proof your study room. This doesn’t have to involve a major remodel. Install a sound proof door bottom and put acoustical caulk around the windows. There are also things you can do to sound proof your kids’ rooms so the noise never makes it all the way to your study space.
Ready to hit the books on a new study space for your kids? A well-designed study space can help them get the most out of their education. Use these tips to craft the ideal place to help them enjoy the learning process.