Kindle your kid’s creativity with an enticing spot to call his or her own. Whether you go heavy on colour and pattern or keep it subdued, make it a place your child can’t resist – and while we can’t promise they’ll actually do their homework, they will most definitely feel inspired.
An industrial steel tanker desk and rich blue wall (the “it” colour for 2017) makes for a really cool set-up for school work in this room designed by Sarah Richardson. But it’s not all just good looks: note the practical features, including a bulletin board, wire basket and task lamp. No excuses not to get that assignment finished.
Swap out the framed photographs with a mirror, and this lovely feminine space (also designed by Sarah Richardson) could easily become a vanity zone. But it’s not! It’s your kid’s irresistible, fuchsia-festooned new desk space pulled together with a coordinating pouffe, vintage brackets and other pink accessories.
Layla and Myah McGillivray (Scott McGillivray’s daughters) are the occupants of this darling bedroom that features eye-catching grey wallpaper. The no-nonsense furniture is heavy on storage and surface space. Read about how it all came together here.
Stylista in the Making
I can’t come to the phone right now, mom, I’m too busy building my new decor website! That might be your kid if you go with this stylish Scandi set-up that features a modern desk chair with an amazing circular silhouette from Land of Nod and a splashy rug. Oh, and a spider plant in a macrame holder for good measure.
The Writing’s On The Wall
Sibling situation? This clever idea uses the power of the space-saving built-in to maximize the room and double the work surface. Simple wall-mounted IKEA accessories for plants and such, along with a cool chalkboard, keep the look streamlined. The tight yellow, grey and black palette is interesting thanks to the mix of patterns.
For the unfussy youngster in your life, may we suggest this handsome wall set from Restoration Hardware that grows with your tot? The flexible, modular unit lets you stack components together for sleep, study and play spaces. Tough metal brackets and a tip-resistant kit keep vertical arrangements standing tall.
‘s Joanna Gaines created multiple spots to spread out in this room, where a built-in desk and mini picnic table are both perfect for arts and crafts. We like that there’s space for both adult and kid – or kids. Wall panelling and shaker-style cabinetry impart a traditional vibe that we’re also digging.
Eschew the matchy-matchy like designer Genevieve Gorder did by going with a colourful melange of furniture. Created for Gorder’s daughter, Bebelle, the fun spot features an indoor swing (check it out here!), as well as a peacock and mannequin. Super cool!
If you’ve got a gaggle of children to contend with, then you need this in your life. Part craft room, part homework zone, the room belongs to a family of five and is the brainchild from Love it or List it‘s Hilary Farr. This room is actually in the attic, if you can believe it. No? Then see for yourself here.
The Organized Kid
From the baskets to the blue and green palette, every inch of this desk zone works, especially if your child isn’t the neatest on the block (whose is, really?). Score this wooden wall desk and hutch from Pottery Barn Kids here.
“Soft and feminine with a dose of glam,” is how Marie, the DIYer extraordinaire behind The Interior Frugalista describes this adorable revamped study space. Once a plain old red and pine desk, Marie treated it with paint (those dipped gold feet!) and lots of sweat equity – there’s even a cute butterfly stencil she created on the surface using a metallic Sharpie. Here’s the step-by-step tutorial. (We bet you won’t walk by a boring vintage desk again without giving it a second look.)
Outer Space Fun
Bright orange (go bold for punch!) provides the backdrop to this zippy zone that’s ideal in tight quarters. It features an otherworldly canvas print, task lamp and grey-metal powder-coated desk from HomeSense. Ditto the puzzle. (Ok, so we can’t guarantee your kid will study with it in full view, but think of it as an educational distraction.)