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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.

Fun Kids Study Space

Fun study space

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 (for a current alternative try Resene Raven) while the desk legs are in boldly contrasting Resene Scrumptious. Painting used cans in matching shades is a super-simple way to add another layer of colour to this space. By keeping the table top neutral in Resene Half Rice Cake, it keeps the workspace itself from being too distracting.


Everything (should be) illuminated

Proper lighting is really important in a study. If your desktop space doesn't allow for a lamp, hang a pendant light like the one we've created here. 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 (for a current alternative try Resene Raven) and Resene Half Rice Cake.

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A magnetic blackboard wall
For an alternative idea, use Resene Write-on Wall Paint to create a coloured whiteboard.

Eke out a niche

Creating a special reading nook for any age with the bold black of a Resene Blackboard Paint wall is perfect for inspiration and personalisation. This floor is Resene Alabaster for a monotone base to the room that could be accessorised to suit any child of any age from toddler to teen. Or for a coloured chalkboard use Resene Chalkboard Paint or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen.

Note: Apply Resene Magnetic Magic under Resene Blackboard Paint or Resene Chalkboard Paint to create a magnetic blackboard. Kids will have double the fun, writing and sticking magnets on the wall. If you’re not keen on chalk, use Resene Write-on Wall Paint to create a coloured whiteboard that your child can write on using whiteboard markers.

Learn more about this look

Study area with panelled shelf
Build panelled walls out to create a shelf where everything you need will be in easy reach.

Side studies

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 (for an alternative try Resene Hampton), the panelling is in Resene Untamed (for an alternative try Resene Verdun Green), the shelf and table legs are in Resene Noir.

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 Magnetic Magic on the backing followed by Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in your choice of colour. We used Resene Family Tree (for an alternative 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!

Colours for eke out a niche / side study spaces...

Resene Moonlight

Resene Hampton

Resene Untamed

Resene Verdun Green

Resene Noir

Resene Family Tree

Resene Palm Green

An artistic study space

Artistic aspirations

If you have a budding artist in the family, why not create 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 bold study space

Fortune favours the bold

A fun stripe of Resene ASAP (for a current alternative 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 (for a current alternative 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.

Colours for artistic aspirations study space...

Colours for fortune favours the bold study space...


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