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13 Back-to-School Accessories for the Ultimate Study Space

By: alexia

August 31, 2015

The warm months of summer are coming to a close and students are both anxious and excited to head back to school. With high ambitions for success, students prepare themselves by stocking up on study supplies, but what’s often forgotten is the importance of creating an environment that inspires creativity and fosters intellectual growth.

Creating the perfect study environment will help inspire the best and bring out the smart and savvy side of every student!


1. Sticky notes with personality are a must.

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Sure, multi-colored Post-its are cool, but these sassy sticky notes add major personality to your desk decor. We love this pastel blue sticky note set from Kate Spade.


2. Try a desk with a view.

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Open yourself up to divine inspiration by placing your desk below a window. With a fresh breeze and a healthy dose of sunlight, you’ll be amazed at how your creativity can soar.


3. Stock up on healthy snacks.

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Keep your study space stocked with healthy snacks and beverages! In our office, we love KIND bars, Pellegrino, and Emergen-C powder to keep our immune systems strong. Keep a mini-fridge nearby to avoid the distraction of leaving the room.


4. Hone in on your homework with your favorite beverage. 

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Whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker, iced or hot, help yourself stay focused by sipping your favorite beverage regularly. A refreshing drink will keep you alert and awake through even the longest study sessions.


5. Listen to an inspiring and brain-sharpening playlist.

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Plug in and tune out the noisy distractions with a study-friendly playlist. Include calming music that also has an upbeat tempo. If you’re writing an essay, avoid songs with lots of lyrics and go for a melodious beat or energizing classical piece. The right playlist will help you get into a rhythm, making it easier to concentrate on the task at hand.


6. Stay on top of your tasks with a daily planner.

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Don’t let important deadlines and events fall off the calendar! Use a daily planner and consult it throughout the day to make sure you’re completing all your tasks. If time management isn’t your strong suit, incorporating a daily planner into your routine will be wildly beneficial.


7.  Keep your space neat and organized.

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Create an environment free of distractions by keeping your workspace tidy and clean. A clean desk has the power to lift your mood, increase your attention span, and encourage productivity!


8. Brighten your work load with a task lamp.

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Late-night studying calls for proper lighting, meaning an adjustable task lamp is essential for illuminating your brilliance.


9. Spruce up your space with flowers.

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Bring some greenery indoors with a vase of fresh flowers. Not only do they smell nice, but they’ll make you feel better about spending the day stuck inside with your studies. A whiff of sweet florals will give you a quick escape from the computer screen every few hours as well.


10. Discover your ideal spot for a study break. 

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Create a space where you can relax an overworked mind without having to retire to the bedroom. Set up a comfortable nook in a bright room where you can kick back and reset your batteries. A leather chair paired with a beautiful tribal rug is always a winning combination.


11. Create a real-life Pinterest board.

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Pin magazine images, quotes and pictures to a bulletin board above your desk. It will remind you what you’re working toward and help inspire you to do your absolute best.


12. Include a clock as one of your desk necessities. 

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You’ll want to avoid using your phone while you study, so take a blast to the past with an old-fashioned desk clock. Use it to monitor your progress, and if necessary, use a timer to help you stay on task.


13. Last but certainly not least, sit in a comfortable chair.

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Don’t sacrifice comfort for style, especially with a desk chair. Select a seat that you can sit in for hours on end. Consider the layout of the room when making your decision: do you prefer a swivel chair so you can easily maneuver your way from one end of the room to the other? Are arm rests a must-have? When it comes to seating, one can never be too choosey.


We know you design-savvy students and parents appreciate the importance of a beautiful space and understand the role your environment plays in performance at school!

If you’re still feeling like your study space is incomplete, the interior designers at Laurel & Wolf can help you bring your ultimate study space together – within your budget and on your schedule! Start by taking the style quiz today!

xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

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