Quiet - student project

I'm a bit surpirsed by my word choice. While I'm a quiet person, I love bright, bold colors and my design style reads louder. Yet once I wrote our my word lists, I was pulled in the direction of quiet. I'm focusing on words like simple, space & silent.

My sketches are atrociously simple at this point. I'm leaving a lot of room for work with color and texture. The 2 sketches I'm currently leaning toward are below, but I'm beginning to rule out the cup of coffee as too expected. The stack of books seems aloof, simple & unattended. 

Quiet - image 1 - student project