Ah, back to school time. The holidays may nearly be over, but there's plenty to love about the dawn of a new school year: the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, new pencil cases and box-fresh shoes… It's also a great opportunity to reinvent your study space at home. A creative work station that kids can make their own will surely inspire them to get those textbooks out, so take a look at these smart schemes. Prepare for gold stars all round…

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Pastel Power*

A basic trestle table has been given a brand new look with a lick of mint green and pale pink. We love the clever use of a propped up piece of pegboard behind, which provides a customisable canvas for mini shelves and storage pockets (fashioned from Ikea spice racks) to be moved around at will. Try ‘Javan Dawn 4’ and ‘Party Surprise 3’ for a similar combo. Pegboard can be found from builders merchants or timber merchants.

Image via Petit and Small.

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Urban Edge

Short on space? No problem – there's an array of bunk beds on the high street that cater for the less roomy room. This Svarta Loft Bed Frame, (€170) by Ikea, radiates industrial cool. Team it with shelves made using upcycled skateboards and a bright wall colour for an injection of fun.

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Double the Fun

What makes homework better? Having a study buddy, of course. Making room for two can look twice as nice as these desks go to show – go for a reclaimed vintage look with old classroom chairs, tool boxes and industrial lighting, or opt for a designer edge with mini design classics, sleek finishes and bright splashes of colour. Create your own blackboard wall with some Blackboard paint, which also comes in a magnetic finish, so you can put up notes and pictures without pins or tape. Read our step-by-step guide to find out how to paint your blackboard.

Images via Casa Abril.

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Global Vision

Using maps as wall posters or murals will inspire little jet setters (or geographers) to dream of future adventures in far-flung places, and it looks rather chic too. Broaden their horizons by using flag bunting to accessorise a crisp white and navy nautical scheme. Get the look with Great Little Trading Co's Whittington Desk and Hutch in white and try ‘Morning Jewel 6’ on walls for a New England vibe.

Images via My Scandinavian Home (left) and Great Little Trading Co (right).

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Shelf Life

Keep a clean and uncluttered look in tight spaces by choosing a wall-mounted desk solution. Providing just enough room for spelling and handwriting practice, this cute study is nothing more complicated than a (sturdy) shelf. Have fun with putting up smaller display ledges around it – the ideal spot for those certificates of achievement.

Image via Boo and the Boy.

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White Out

If pale and interesting is more your bag, take inspiration from these Scandi-licious schemes. On the left, Homebase's Hygena Desk, is paired with white floorboards and whitewashed brickwork for a look that lasts right through school and beyond (with a bit of tweaking, of course). Who could resist this clever study den by Dutch purveyors of kids' furniture Bedhuisje? If only it came in grown-up size…

Looking for more kids space inspiration? Check out 5 Ideas for Cool Kids Rooms.