How to Design the Creative Space You Need

Home is where the heart is. It’s also where the writing room is, or the pottery room, or the sewing room, or the painting room. Inspire yourself with these tips for making that idea-factory conducive for plotting your creative projects!

Updated on January 22, 2018 18:01 pm

Vince Wong

How to Design the Creative Space You Need

Whatever passionate pursuit you are into, this is that designated room Where Things Get Done, the place you go to meet your muse, to turn on, tune in and drop out.

But before you begin composing your masterpiece, you begin, as all of us do, with the blank canvas of a room before it becomes your studio. Here are some ideas to style up your place and turn it into a space so cosy and comfy your Muse would want to stay there permanently.


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1. Choose the right room.

If you have the luxury of having spare rooms, one of which to turn into a studio, it’s vital that you choose the right room for your pursuit.

If you are into songwriting or performance, your studio should be the one that’s farthest away from where the rest of your family sleeps or rests. If you’re into painting or sculpting, it makes sense for your room to have plenty of light. If you’re a writer, the fabled room with a view may be just what you need to inspire you—or break a creative block.

But if you are easily distracted, there’s no reason why a well-ventilated storeroom can’t be your creative hideout—devoid of all creature comforts, you might be forced to finally stop procrastinating and apply yourself to the work.

The attic, with its away-from-it-all feature, could just be the perfect room for your creative pursuits.

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2. Which creative colours?

Okay, you’ve decided which room to use (sacrifice?) as your studio. Now it’s time to decorate it! Whatever colours you decide on, you might want to include reds and blues in your palette.

A study performed by the University of British Columbia in 2009 found that red is the most effective at enhancing our attention to detail, while blue is best at boosting our ability to think creatively. (Also, check out how you can make blue work for either tranquil spaces or dramatic interiors.)

In fact, our creative brains are so keyed to the colour blue that in the study, blue environmental cues prompted participants to produce twice as many creative outputs as when under the red colour condition.

But don’t ignore the creative potential of pure whites, neutral creams, bright yellows or sombre greys—different strokes for different folks!

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3. Get comfortable—or not.

Now you have the colours decided, think about how you want to decorate your room. Does your muse visit you when you are well-rested, taking 40 winks, or does it come after a long period of meditative contemplation, free of distraction?

Chances are, you’ll need to find out as you grow artistically. Pick a style you like, but you should anticipate changing décor often, as you embark on your long journey of self-discovery!

Tip: A wall mural that represents your creative passion is a perfect backdrop and great decor for your studio.

4. Move in.

A painter needs brushes, an easel, or a drawing table, and maybe a lamp and lots of room for works in progress. A writer needs a computer and a desk, and a chair. What do you need to get where you are going?

If your passion involves music, you may want to invest in soundproofing tiles for your studio walls and ceiling. Heavy curtains and thick carpets also help absorb sound waves and prevent acoustic vibrations from penetrating other rooms or disturbing your neighbours.

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5. Your Studio, your Showroom.

Lastly consider where the fruits of your labour will end up. Painters for example, may prefer large, sprawling studios as that allows space for storing their works-in-progress, as well as space for admiring the finished products. If you’re a musician, you probably have a high fidelity audio system installed in the studio to play back your aural awesomeness.

Whichever your choice, plan on having your creative room serve a dual purpose, as a place for production as well as the place for others to admire or critique your works of art.

This turns the studio into a part of your artistic process, creating infinite loops of feedback, which can help you be even more creative and productive!


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