7 great tips for making your home a creative space
Wherever you are in the world, there’s a fair chance that in 2020 you have spent more time than ever at home. And for many of us, that may well be the case for some time to come. Of course, for every cloud, a silver lining, and the Covid-19 pandemic has forced all of us to reassess how we live, and how we spend our time at home.
Whether it’s work or play, we all need to make time to be creative. And that creative time will increasingly take place at home. As we all look for positives through these tough times, how can we make the best possible creative space at home?
Creative people agree on the importance of having a dedicated space as it helps maintain focus. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a study, spare room or studio, or you’re simply clearing a corner of the kitchen, we have some tips for helping spark your imagination. From colours, sounds and smells, even the smallest changes can make a big difference.
So whether you’re working from home, exploring a new hobby or trying to keep the kids entertained, consider these suggestions for maximum creativity.
1. Make your space work for you
Firstly, there’s no right or wrong way to create a productive working space. We are all different and everyone responds differently to certain stimuli. Some creative minds need very tidy spaces in order to organise their thoughts and focus, whereas others strive in a “scattered space” filled with objects designed to inspire you, even if others might see as almost chaotic environments.
Listen to your mind and learn from your previous experiences and don’t worry if the way that works best for you isn’t the same as your favourite Instagrammer.
2. Declutter your space
So, do you need a tidy space to get started? We think that’s probably most of us. The fashion for decluttering has reached a fever pitch in recent years, boosted by high profile evangelists such as Marie Kondo. Kondo’s trademarked KonMari Method is based on Japanese philosophy and minimalism: any object that does not “spark joy” should be discarded. The desired result is that we will be surrounded only by things that delight and inspire us. And that’s something we can all aspire to, no matter how small our space: refresh your space to clear your mind.
3. Or break the rules?
But rules are there to be broken (sorry, Marie). Plenty of research has also shown that some creative people are inspired by unusual or fun places to work - think of ping-pong tables and beanbags in San Francisco offices. The thinking goes that disorderly environments can encourage breaking with tradition and convention - and lead to inspirational new ideas. It’s certainly something to try, especially if you don’t fancy tidying up…
4. Set the right mood
Research has shown that creativity is enhanced by a positive mood. The stereotype of troubled artists creating powerful, emotional work is likely the exception, and instead making sure your creative space keeps your spirits high is likely a more positive move. Need some help? It would be amiss if we didn’t remind you of the calming and uplifting power of a comforting scent. Candles are scientifically proven to soothe, thanks to the combination of the mesmerising light and the transformative, evocative scents.
5. Surround yourself with sensory stimulation
Stay positive, and stimulated – NYU researchers recently released a study finding that distraction and creativity go hand-in-hand... literally. The research showed that hand movements associated with common desk gadgets can indeed improve focus and spark fresh ideas. Dust off those 80s office desk toys. And it’s not just your desk and your hands – stimulate your eyes with colourful walls, inspiring interiors and amazing art, to keep your creative juices flowing.
6. Bring nature inside
Nature provides our natural stimulation and inspiration, and if you’re finding yourself spending more time indoors then it’s a great time to add some greenery to your creative space. How about a Magenta Triostar, with its colourful, almost painted leaves? Or try a Dracaena Compacta, which is not only a fascinating slow-grower but will also clean the air in your room.
7. Take a tea break
Just like your plants, you need to remember to keep yourself fed and watered in order to be looking and feeling your best. Have you hit a creative block or are you finding yourself feeling distracted? Sounds like it’s time for a break. A cup of herbal tea is the perfect way to take a break and give you the time to pause, reflect and come back fresh and focused. Of course, if the sofa is calling, and your brain needs a proper break, then don’t be afraid to listen, relax, and turn off. Tomorrow is always another day...