Doing your job from home and doing creative work at home are two different things, and one workspace may not be as good as the next when it comes to encouraging creativity.There’s a lot to be said for mood and association; the way we feel about a space because of our expectations and experiences. We feel relaxed in our living rooms because that fits what we know about living rooms. It would stand to reason the same would be true of a creative space – if you have one or want one.Here are some ideas about how to make or improve a creative space:If possible, keep your creative space exclusive to your creative endeavors.
The concept is best illustrated by the at-home professional who changes clothes and closes the door to the home office when the workday is done: Like your work clothes or your office, your creative space should be allowed to serve a specific purpose.In other words, it should be free of the conflicts that exist outside of it; a sanctuary that leaves you free of distraction.Give yourself room to roam.
“Motion creates emotion.”It’s in quotes because it’s been said by just about everyone
, including too many famous life coaches and celebrities to count. Thankfully, though, you don’t have to take their word for it – you probably already know that moving around can help kick-start your creativity.Make it comfortable.
An office chair
may be the way to go for when you actually hunker down to create, but the thinking process is stimulated by movement from perch to perch (see above), so your space should include as many comfy options as possible.Bean bags, stools
and maybe even a couch – give yourself choices on where and how to recline while you let your mind wander.Keep your lighting options open.
Natural light (and the view to the outside that comes with it) is an important aspect of any creative space, but so is the light you will use in the various stages of your creative process.Task lighting
, room lighting and accent lighting can all add something of value to your creative space, especially if your craft is visual in nature.Stock your space with the tools you need and make organization easy.
Whether you’re a painter, a potter or a poet, there are tools specific to your artistic trade, and your work will benefit from your ability to get them when you need them.Your organizational design
will depend on your space. Consider all your options before just throwing something together and crossing your fingers. A little planning can have a big impact on how much room you have to create.Don’t be afraid to lock it up.
Knowing your creations are yours and yours alone until you decide to share them can have an unexpected influence on your art. Try keeping your work under lock and key until you announce you’re ready to display your work and see how it makes you feel.Try these tricks when you start to plan your craft room or other creative space and see if it helps you with your next masterpiece.