How to build your­self the great study nook

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - FELIC­ITY MAR­SHALL

Let’s be hon­est – th­ese days, we’re all at work, all the time. Whether we’re at home or in the of­fice, the con­stant flow of emails, text mes­sages and phone calls en­sure that we can never re­ally clock off.

In keep­ing with our plugged-in, con­stant­ly­con­nected lifestyles, the mod­ern home of­fice has be­come a well-ap­pointed and in­dis­pens­able part of the con­tem­po­rary home, of­ten blur­ring the line be­tween work and re­lax­ation.

Emma Hawkins, founder of Who Loves That, a life­style web­site with a fo­cus on do-it-your­self home projects and in­te­rior styling, says peo­ple are in­cor­po­rat­ing more liv­ing fur­ni­ture into their workspace.

‘‘They might have a com­fort­able arm chair with a tall lamp, or a bean bag over a soft rug,’’ she said.

In terms of colour pal­ettes, nat­u­ral tim­ber mixed with neu­tral tones such as off-white and pale greys are pop­u­lar, in keep­ing with our on­go­ing love af­fair with the pared-back, Scan­di­na­vian-in­spired aes­thetic dom­i­nat­ing in­te­ri­ors at present.

Soft pas­tels is also on­trend, as is an in­dus­tri­alin­spired look with raw tim­bers and black iron­ware.

In­te­rior de­signer Cherel Mil­list of Bril­liant De­sign Con­cepts says it is best to stick with lighter colours in home of­fices, es­pe­cially in smaller spa­ces.

‘‘It can be chal­leng­ing to sit in a dark space and work for ex­tended pe­ri­ods,’’ she said.

Tex­ture and pops of colour can be in­cor­po­rated into the space through the ad­di­tion of cush­ions, throws and other ac­ces­sories.

LED light­ing with an over­all wide spread, ei­ther in­stalled un­der shelves in strips or re­cessed into the ceil­ing, helps min­imise eye strain when spend­ing long hours at your desk.

In­creas­ingly, home own­ers are splash­ing out on cus­tom cab­i­netry with a built-in desk and lots of stor­age, of­ten hid­den be­hind pivot or bi­fold doors.


Space can be tight we know, hid­den stor­age is well worth the in­vest­ment if you can af­ford it.

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