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Aug 07, 2017 02:23PM ● Published by Ashley Pape

Whether you work from home or just need a place to flex your creative muscles, carving out a space in your home that inspires you is key to accomplishing your goals. If your home is equipped with an office or study, you already have a designated place for productivity. If you don’t have a home office or someone else in the family uses that space, don’t fret. We can help you create a perfect space for inspiration. 

CLEAN AND BRIGHT

Dark spaces are great for sleeping—and for storing bottles of wine—but when it comes to getting your creative mojo flowing, let there be light. More specifically, let there be soft, natural light and the color green. Research has shown that looking at shades of green helps enhance your creative performance, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Consider adding mirrors to reflect and multiply the room’s natural light, and framed photos or art in metallic frames can also be a great source of added gleam. 

If the room has dark flooring, layer with a light-colored rug. If you have dark built-ins, painting shelving a warm color such as cream or gray can soften the room. Designer Nate Berkus suggests adding an element of warmth to a home workspace with textured pillows and setting your work station up to face a window rather than a wall. Berkus also suggests using round furniture in a confined space, such as accent tables, to increase circulation.

THE ESSENTIALS 

Perhaps the most vital component of any creative space is storage. Before getting organized, determine the necessary equipment for your workspace. Do you need more than a computer and a printer? Using a laptop instead of a desktop frees you up to more easily move about your space and rearranging furniture doesn’t require as much forethought. 

Decide what tools of the trade are essential, and find the best means for keeping your area neat and tidy. If organization isn’t your forte, consider hiring a professional organizer or scheduling a consultation at a retailer such as The Container Store. Be sure to include objects in the room that inspire you—photographs, pieces of art, objects from your travels or family heirlooms that evoke good memories.

Find a desk that best suits your needs. Unless you require lots of surface area for projects, choose a workstation that doesn’t take up a lot of space so you won’t be tempted to collect clutter. Plus, negative space around the room allows the eyes to rest. Be creative when choosing seating. Maybe an adjustable stool works better than a simple desk chair. And don’t forget to include places for comfortable seating when you need to change your perspective or when others want to join you for a welcome reprieve. 

BEYOND FOUR WALLS

Inspiration cannot be confined to a specific space, so don’t hesitate to try out different rooms in your home—or even outside your home. A comfortable niche on an outdoor patio or porch might provide just the right place to set up a makeshift work space. Perhaps your kitchen has an underused cabinet area that works for you. Or a seldom-occupied spare bedroom could be the perfect place to house a desk and supplies. 

Keep in mind, Stephen King wrote Carrie on a makeshift desk in his laundry room, wedged between the washer and dryer, so the muse can find you where you least expect it. Just keep work out of your bedroom. Your bedroom should be a refuge of relaxation and not a constant reminder of unfinished projects. 

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