For most of us, the chances of having a stately study in our homes seem about as likely as having a ballroom, conservatory, or some other room you only hear about during a game of Clue. After all, a study as a separate room should mean business but not be devoted solely to work. It should feel warm, but not effusively so, and by no means should it look sloppy. Here are some stately studies in homes for sale to get you inspired, along with the key elements to incorporate this style into your home.

  1. A leather armchair. A wingback feels particularly perfect for a study, but feel free to think outside the box…

    5 Stately Study Essentials

    1350 King Lane | Listed by Larry Lipman

  2. Dark colors. Rich mahoganies, weathered, saddle-hued leather chairs, and accents of black make a study feel like warm embrace when you enter. Think of the space as the first archetype of today’s “man cave.”

    5 Stately Study Essentials

    1317 Beddington Park | Listed by Jackie Karr

  3. Wood paneling. This kind of goes hand-in-hand with dark colors, but I’d be remiss not to include it in our list as it is a hallmark of a classic study.

    5 Stately Study Essentials

    287 Jones Parkway | Listed by Donna Tisdale

  4. A desk. Positioned front and center makes for a rather imposing “I mean business” kind of look.

    5 Stately Study Essentials

    624 Westview Avenue | Listed by Larry Lipman

  5. Built ins for storing books, books and more books. Old ones, new ones, a mix — it all works. Sprinkle in a few reference books. (Yes, those still exist post-Internet.) And if you haven’t read all of them, we won’t tell.

    5 Stately Study Essentials

    5906 Hillsboro Road | Listed by Emily Lowe

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