Cheat sheet: 15 tips for designing your study

For our decoration and renovation annual Home Solutions, which comes out later this month, we asked design experts to weigh in on dilemmas effecting every area of the home, from the kitchen to the children’s room – here’s what they advised. From style tips to important practical considerations, this web series charts a checklist of concerns for easy reference for your next household revamp or refresh.

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In a world where laptops and smartphones mean it’s possible to work from almost anywhere, one might question the need for a dedicated home-office. We wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it, though. As tempting as it might be to answer those emails while lounging on the couch, studies show that delineating specific spaces for work puts us in a better headspace to get things done. And if you’ve started up your own business, you’re likely to find your home doubling up as an office.

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André Fu, founder of AFSO

What’s the study’s primary function?

The study is a place to focus and concentrate. Plan well and keep visual obstacles quiet.

What are your study essentials?

I would emphasise the potential need for storage of key hardback books, as artisanal books are going through a revival at the moment.

What furnishings and fixtures should be included? 

Lighting and storage is essential. Sufficient drawers to house the necessary cables ought to be provided

Where should the study be situated?

Adjacent to the bedroom.

What are some alternatives to a dedicated room for a study?

Consider two sofa consoles – one preferably at a height to work on, and the other a low-lying tabletop for drinks to rest on.

What’s on trend for the study at the moment?

A modernist approach with blond oak and brass.


Eric Fung, founder of EF Design

What’s the study’s primary function?

The study room can provide a private place to create without being disturbed. It can also be an area for relaxing, e.g. set up audio and video equipment or art supplies.

What are your study essentials?

Sufficient lighting and plants to evoke a comfortable, relaxed and natural atmosphere.

What furnishings and accessories should be included? 

The study should have natural elements, so home fragrances and plants are a must.

Where should the study be situated?

Somewhere in the home with a good view, such as near the balcony.

What are some alternatives to a dedicated room for a study?

A windowsill.

What’s on trend for the study at the moment?

Environmentally-friendly and simple design aesthetics.

Where should one shop for new items for the study?

Vitra, Herman Miller or Lane Crawford.

Read the rest of the series: Bedroom

Don’t forget to pick up a print or digital copy of Home Solutions when it hits the stands later this month!

Lead images courtesy of AFSO