How to create a colourful kid’s study space

Studying will become top of the agenda with a colourful workspace makeover like this one


Ideally every teenager should have a space where they can study, research or do creative projects. Much like a child’s bedroom, a study space needs to evolve over time. The most important thing to consider in creating a study space for your teen is that every teenager is different. You want your child to enjoy spending time in the space, so it’s important that it reflects their personal style. This girl’s study space is bright, fun and versatile, allowing your teen to change decorative elements as they please.


Pegboard cool

  • Keeping your pegboard a neutral colour (ours is painted in Resene ‘Revolution’) allows the items on it to ‘pop’. Your teen can stick up photos of friends, class schedules, team photos, art prints, etc, on the board and swap things out whenever they fancy.
  • Making sure your teens have everything close by will help them avoid distractions.
  • A pegboard shelf is a versatile item that works well in a study space as it allows you to store important books and materials, show off trophies, add some photos, and at the same time keep the desktop clear of clutter.


Top tips

  • Lighting is a must for any work station. If desktop space is limited and a desk lamp is not an option then consider hanging a ‘naked bulb’ pendant above the desk.
  • Recycled tins have been painted in Resene ‘scrumptious’ and Resene ‘blue lagoon’ to be used as pencil pots. a wooden clipboard has been transformed with a lick of Resene ‘Blue Lagoon’ and the floor is painted Resene ‘Vista Blue’.


Get the look

Wall painted in Resene ‘Blue Lagoon’; ice block print, $69, from Shut The Front Door; Carson light, $29.95, from Freedom (bulb sold separately); wooden beads painted and threaded on cord, set of 15 $14.95, from; Bang Bang pegboard, $390, from George and Willy, painted in Resene ‘Revolution’; top shelf: white ceramic by Ema Frost, $75, from White Tree Floral Design; prism gold frame, $32.90, from The Furniture Store; bottom shelf: camera notebook, $4.95, from Typo; clipboard, $2, from Look Sharp painted in Resene ‘Blue Lagoon’ (card stylist’s own); recycled tins as pencil pots painted in Resene ‘Blue Lagoon’ and Resene ‘Scrumptious’; gold star vase, $13.50, from Good Regards; ‘Everything Is Awesome’ banner, $28, from; brass button wall hook, $39, from Shut The Front Door; glass horse jar, $29, from Crave Home; scalloped box, $6, from The Warehouse; white bottle with flower, $3, from Look Sharp; Rosie’s washi tape, $3.99, from The Warehouse; small gold basket, $39.90, from Flux Boutique; Trenton basket (on floor), $40, from Bed Bath & Beyond; bentwood chair, $30, from Junk & Disorderly, painted in Resene ‘Revolution’; trestle legs, $60, from Junk & Disorderly, painted in Resene ‘Scrumptious’; desk top (made from a door), $54.98, from Mitre 10, edges painted in Resene ‘Scrumptious’; rug, gold house, books, cards, wrapping paper and tissue tassels, all stylist’s own.

Words and styling by: Vanessa Nouwens
Photography by: Melanie Jenkins

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