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5 Essentials for Your Perfect Study

Jul 13, 2018, 10:07 AM | Logan Arey
A book sits in front of the fireplace in a study

Have you ever wanted that perfect room where you could sit comfortably, read, have some privacy, and relax with your thoughts? You know—the perfect study. Perhaps you like the romantic notions that come with it and you want to get some Hemingway vibes while you isolate yourself into a serene moment.

A study is the perfect place to get things done for professional purposes or to gratify your personal interests, and setting up the perfect study will help you achieve these things.

The 5 Essentials for Your Study

1. A Leather Chair

A fine leather chair can bring your whole study together. When others walk into the room, the leather chair will immediately grab their attention. It’s the perfect accent piece.

You can opt for either real leather or faux leather. The benefit to real leather is it ages nicely and you’ll have a unique piece for your study. Check out your local furniture stores, Pier 1 imports, or Pottery Barn for great selections.

But it doesn’t have to break the bank either. You can find decently priced ones at Walmart or Target that still look great. Also, check your local thrift stores or classifieds. You might find the perfect piece, and their selections are often unique compared to what you’ll find in the stores.

2. A Desk

After all, it is a study. If you’re looking for something to put your laptop on, then get something basic like a writing desk.

But if you’re looking for something to keep your desktop on or something to keep your important paperwork in, then you might want to consider something bigger with drawers and storage cubicles. Remember, you’ll want to keep the clutter out in order to achieve a relaxing environment.

3. Books & Bookshelves

Instead of keeping your books and bookshelves in the living room, consider adding them to your study. Not only will it look great, but it will mentally designate your study’s purpose. Plus, you’ll have that comfy leather chair to relax in and read.

4. Lamps

First of all, the lighting in a room is crucial. It can open up a space and make it feel warm and inviting.

Secondly, lamps not only provide this essential function, but they can be decorative pieces for the room.

Decorating with lamps takes a little bit of strategy though. Turn on your room’s overhead light and look for the dark spots in your room. Typically, your corners will be the dark spots, but be mindful of your furniture too.

You might consider putting two matching floor lamps on both sides of your desk. Additionally, think about putting a table lamp next to your leather chair (assuming you have a side table of course).

Play around with the layout of your lamps and see what works, and more importantly, see if they make you want to stay in the room.

5. Color Coordination

I know, this isn’t an item, but it’s crucial and is where everything comes together. Remember, this is supposed to be a relaxing environment; you’re supposed to want to come into your study.

It’s not your storage space where you lock up the things you don’t want to see or a place you throw in random, mismatched furniture.

Where do you start? Are there bookshelves you already own that you want to keep, and are they a brown wood tone? Then get a brown leather chair and a brown desk to match up the colors.

Make a monochrome look by getting a desk, chair, and shelves in black. Or, mix and match with black, white, or even gray.

Here is a quick checklist of things you want to keep in mind when putting your study together:

  • The color of your walls and how they match your furniture.
  • What color is your lighting? Yellow or white? White light and black furniture is good. And yellow light with brown furniture really brings out the wood and leather tones in your furniture.
  • Lamps come in many shapes, sizes, and designs. Be mindful of what works best in your space.
  • Are there detailed wood grains in your desk or bookshelves? This could help you decide on your choice of light and lamp design.

Finally, get input from your friends and family (or an interior designer if you know one). If you’re unsure about where to place things or how everything is coming together, outside help works great.

Additionally, look to Pinterest. Pinterest is a great way to visualize things—you can hone in on your design by looking at influential settings.

Bonus Decorating Ideas for Your Study

We couldn’t end without giving you some bonus ideas. Let’s say you’ve achieved your perfect study, but you want to add some more accents to liven it up a little. Here are a few things you could consider:

  • A Monochrome Globe – You can get globes that are one color. Stay away from the colorful ones though because they’ll detract from your perfect set-up.
  • Electric Fireplace – Remember to not clutter up your study, but if you have the space, you can create some ambience with an electric fireplace. Match it with your other furniture, and try to get one with realistic looking flames.

  • A Decanter – Decanters are very elegant pieces and can accent your study well. Especially if you enjoy some wine or a dram of scotch at the end of the day.

Achieving the perfect study doesn’t have to be too hard, and this quick guide should help you get things started. When you’re done, just remember to sit, relax, and enjoy your new space.

Logan Arey