Sweeten up study time

17 Jan 2018

Kids heading back to school can fall into two camps... either they are excited to return to the rhythm of the school year, or they're already dreading the thought of homework and early morning starts.

Whatever the attitude, this after-school study area, painted in sweet Resene pastels, will help ease the kids into the new year. Stylist Emily Somerville-Ryan created the dedicated work space, keeping the colours soft but using them in interesting ways.

While bolder colours can give energy to a space, which can be a benefit when it comes to homework time, Emily decided to go with more peaceful colours such as Resene Gelato and Resene Moonbeam on the walls. It's designed to be an extension of a kid's bedroom, making it a great space to both study and rest. 

More back to school ideas:

  • Create a wall planner. Resene Blackboard Paint and Resene Write-on Wall Paint are perfect for keeping the kids' schedules organised with a wall planner. Resene Write-on Wall Paint can be applied directly onto painted walls and dries clear, leaving you with a whiteboard effect. Simply use a whiteboard marker to draw up the week's diary.  See how we created our own wall planner here. It's easy! 
     
  • Check out this rainbow-inspired pen holder, which will help keep little desks organised. All you need is a paint brush, Resene testpots, toilet rolls and super glue.
     
  • You don't need to repaint the whole bedroom to create a study space. Pick a corner or piece of wall, and paint a decorative pattern to outline the space. We love this hexagon wall created by paint effects specialist Greer Clayton. 
     
  • Get the kids excited with pre back to school prep. Here are a couple of ideas for DIY book covers using Resene testpots, from watermelon to geometric patterns.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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For this kid's study/bedroom, we've used a soft, pastel palette of Resene Gelato (pink) and Resene Moonbeam (yellow), gently separating the colours with a stripe of Resene Half Black White. We've substituted carpet underfoot by painting a square in Resene Geyser over the floor painted in Resene Half Black White.

pictures Wendy Fenwick, styling by Emily Somerville-Ryan.

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To keep the palette sweet over sickly, balance the pastel colours with light neutrals. Pictured here are drawdowns in Resene Vanilla Ice, Resene Gelato and Resene Onahau, testpot in Resene Moonbeam, and floor painted in Resene Half Black White and Resene Geyser.

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When the school year ends, it's just as easy to pack down the study area and use it as an extension of the bedroom. The walls are painted in Resene Gelato, Resene Moonbeam and Resene Half Black White. The floor is painted in Resene Half Black White and Resene Geyser. 

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