Designing a space that will bring out our creativity is something that must be personally understood. I designed my personal space by consulting with articles that mentioned how rooms and living spaces can affect a person’s mood and creativity. There were so many things that I personally learned but then not all of them are applicable to my personal circumstance. Since I am a writer and part musical artist, I selected theories and practical designs that suited my creative side. Some of it are so common, I realized that by spending time on it, I can have my own space to inspire my creative hormones.
- Utilize What Is Available in Your Home – An extra room or an extra space can be an ideal candidate for your creative space. While many want to call it home/office, I prefer to call it my creative den. I have an extra room with a window facing the garden and it was the ideal candidate. I measured the floor area and the ceiling height and I was on my way to creating my own creative den. The area and even the height of the ceiling can affect creativity. The higher the ceiling, the better it is for creative thinking.
- Make Use of Colors That Bring Out Creativity – The color of the room can affect a person’s mood and creativity. I selected a very light shade of green for the walls and the ceiling because it will allow my eyes to relax. Spending hours on the computer can have its toll but the green can offset this. I complemented the light green with a matching color for other areas in the room including the window curtains.
- Include Storage Space with Creative Themes – Storage spaces are a must. A cluttered place somehow affects your thinking process. I placed two open cabinets inside my creative space. One had four shelves and the other had two shelves. I can always arrange my books and reference materials on one cabinet. The other one was where I placed all things related to music, like CD’s and DVD’s. On top of the shorter cabinet I arranged my music amp, music player and audio speakers.
- Have A Rest Area With A View – Since there was still space, I included a small two-seater sofa chair with matching pillows in my creative space. If I want to take a break, I can always sit comfortably and stare at the view outside while listening to my favorite music. This somehow allows my creative powers to be recharged. I do this as often as necessary.
- Hang Inspiring Wall Art – People are visual creatures and I fully understand that inspiration from come from a painting, a picture or a frame with a beautiful quotation. I am a minimalist so I settled for three regular sized frames. One frame contained a picture of an old typewriter on a table; the paper hanging on it had a beautiful quotation. The second frame contained a painting from a Renaissance artist and the third frame was an album of my favorite composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
- Choose Your Table and Chair Wisely – An ergonomically designed chair and a functional table is a must. The color must match the selected room theme. For my own purpose, I selected an L-shaped table because the area allowed it. It really spurred more creativity, because I can transfer from one task to another without leaving my table. There was enough space for the computer, reference materials that I brought and sufficient space to write using pen and paper. If my space was smaller I would have just settled for a smaller table but it must not interfere with my creativity.
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