If you spend a lot of time creating in your home, it’s important to have a place that’s relaxing and inspiring. The space should encourage your mind to wonder, create new connections, and problem solve from new perspectives. Whether you work remotely at home or have an artistic hobby, you can design an area in your house or apartment that boosts your creativity. And, you’ll be able to see the benefits expressed in your work.
We’ve come up with eight tips and tricks to make your place more conducive to creativity.
1. Add plants throughout the room
They improve air quality, which benefits your creative flow. As you bring in plants, you’ll likely find yourself with more motivation and energy. Plus, they’ll add a more inviting and natural feel to your space.
2. Use colors that inspire you
Blues and greens are known for their calming effect and, greens especially, are supposed to increase your innovative mindset—another reason to add plants to your decor. You can incorporate color through paint, artwork, and home accessories.
3. Keep the items you need for your art easily accessible
This way, you’ll be able to indulge in your creativity whenever the inspiration strikes. If you play an instrument, make sure it’s handy and tuned so you’re always prepared when you come up with a new melody. Have your painting or drawing supplies out and at the ready so you don’t have to worry about setting up tools. Keep a notebook and pen around in case you have an innovative idea for that novel you’ve been wanting to start.
4. Have a spot without a clock
This takes away the pressure of time, decreasing stress and making it easier to find a state of flow. Let the process of creating take however long it needs to—you (usually) don’t need to rush.
5. Increase natural light
If possible, arrange the space where you work near a window or glass door. Face your desk, chair, or easel toward that spot so you can easily see outside. You’re more likely to feel inspired when you aren’t simply staring at a wall. When you look out, you can experience nature, people watch, and see sights that inspire you.
6. Play music
Assuming it’s not so loud that you can’t hear yourself think, music can help your mind wander, which makes it more likely for you to come up with new, inventive ideas and solutions.
7. Incorporate decor that inspires you
That can be art, your favorite books, memorabilia from travels, or personal items, like photos of friends and family. Surround yourself with items that make you think outside of yourself and allow you to better see other perspectives.
8. Make your space easy to rearrange
With a fluid setup, you’ll be able to organize based on the creative task you’re completing. You can open up more floor space if you need to spread out papers or create a cozy, comfortable writing nook. It’s about finding the optimal design for whatever new project you’re working on.