If you’re thinking about giving your study a spruce up, take Pinspiration from these beauties.

For all but the most industrious, the pursuit of serious study and work requires certain conditions to really reach peak potential. Is the room suitably spick and span for example? (If not, cue a manic procrastinating spree with a duster.) Is the temperature right? (Cue fiddling with windows and/or thermostats.) Is there enough tea in a readily available stream to aid and encourage the little grey cells as you go about your work? And moreover, does it look beautiful enough to be conducive to hard work?

If the answer to that last is not a resounding yes, then allow us to share some highly covetable workspaces as seen on Pinterest to inspire you. The dissertation/novel/ report is bound to be finished in in a mere jiffy if the environment as inviting as these are.

Look One: Light Yet Eclectic

So often we associate bohemian eclecticism with dark, brooding interiors. This office space is an exception to that rule, keeping the aesthetic cool and airy but without even beginning to flirt with minimalism. We have a feeling it would keep our minds fresh and focused too.

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Loaf Home

Muggins In Burnt Custard, £12

The Basket Company

Antique Wash Round Wicker Plant Pot With Handles, £15

Loaf Home

Clever Bubba, £695

Look Two: Keep It Old School

A home office-come-library, this hits all the right old school notes. Book-lined walls? Tick. Lived-in leather furniture? Tick. Low ambient lighting? Tick. On rainy days we would shuffle from desk to armchair and gaze between the globe and the rain weaving down the window pain. Some may call it procrastination. We call it endless inspiration.

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Costellini Leather Ottoman – Aged Tobacco, £375


Oak Library Table And Desk Large In Size Solid Oak, £595

Light Shopping

Laudarte – Bacco Pt – Classic Floor Lamp, £1,901.16

Look Three: Simple And Orderly

For anyone who is an adherent to the maxim ‘tidy home, tidy mind’, this home study will doubtless be conducive to cognitive order. Stylish and just the right side of sultry, this is a spot in which to pen your masterpiece once and for all.

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Adriana Metal Table Lamp, £89.90


Arne Jacobsen Seven Chair In Cognac Leather, £549.54

Maisons Du Monde

Portobello Solid Oak Vintage Desk, £854.50

Look Four: Cosy And Contained

For anyone who has a small space or who likes to be cosily contained, this crafty annexe shows us just how it’s done. Artsy and welcoming, it’s a proper retreat from the rest of the house, allowing headspace to concentrate, whatever the project you’re working on.

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Monochrome Storage Basket, Small – 2, £89


Windsor Quaker Chair, £399

Block Design

Peg Board Large, £65

Look 5: Modern And Minimal

From the cork floors to the plain wall shelves to the design classic chair: we love every element of this study room.

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Arne Jacobsen

AJ City Hall Table Clock With Alarm, Sandy Beige, £125


Kimpel Desk Chair, £128.99

Lamp And Light

Wall Lamp Black With Black Shade And Adjustable Arm, NOW £44.95

By Nancy Alsop
October 2022

Nancy Alsop


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