Create your very own thinking space 0
Whether this space is located in a bedroom, a family room or a home office, the basic ingredients are the same: A functional desk and chair, adequate storage and good lighting.
Add a decorator's touch to the room, and doing homework suddenly becomes less of a chore.
To create an inviting study area, choose a colour scheme the student finds appealing. Walls that are painted in darker shades make a good backdrop for posters, maps and bulletin boards. Remember that warm colours will add cheer to a northern-exposed room; cool colours work better in bright, sunny rooms.
The ideal student's desk has plenty of drawers and cupboards plus a surface large enough to accommodate a computer and telephone as well as space for reading textbooks and writing assignments.
A desk lamp or an overhead spotlight makes good task lighting. If there is a window near the desk, it should be fitted with sun-blocking blinds or curtains.
While an adjustable office chair is best for long periods of desk work, many students will be just as happy with a simple kitchen chair that gives the room a more casual feel.
For accessories, be sure to include elements that personalize the space, including family photos, sports trophies and the student's artwork.
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