Creative workspaces are the perfect way to make you feel more motivated and inspired throughout the workday. The best part about them? They’re really easy to replicate at home. Just follow these tips for carving out a creative workspace at home and you’ll be unstoppable.
What is a creative office space?
Designed to inspire innovation and creativity — and increase productivity — a creative office space can greatly benefit overall wellbeing too, by providing a mix of home comforts, a variety of workspaces to move between and crisp, clean, modern decor.
Why is creative office space important?
Creative spaces are important for all businesses and individuals to consider. From banks to Banksy, everyone benefits from working in a thought-provoking environment. A (tasteful) splash of colour, natural lighting and a variety of spaces to match your mood can inspire you even on the dullest days and you’ll see it reflect back into your work.
How can I make my office more creative?
There are some key elements that contribute to making a workspace feel more creative, and many agree that to facilitate the creative process, a space needs to:
- be fresh
- be clear of clutter
- inspire wellbeing, comfort and collaboration
- feature plenty of nature and natural light.
The following instructions show you how, with quite simple changes, you can create this environment in your own office, making it a more enjoyable and creative space to work in.
1. Give it a refresh
Importantly, a creative workspace has a fresh and clean — but not clinical — look. Thankfully, this makes it much easier to achieve at home, where your rooms will naturally have more of a lived-in look.
A fresh lick of paint on anything you currently own can make it feel brand new without looking too new. So, be it an old filing cabinet or the desk you’ve had for 20 years, don’t be afraid to refresh or upcycle to keep it cheap and quick. This will also prevent good furniture from going to waste and bring life to old reliables.
2. Organise your space
Being organised might seem like a counterproductive way to be more creative, but how can you think outside of the box when you can’t walk around in it? A tidy office is a tidy mind.
Keeping a clear desk is the classic advice you’ll hear to ensure your workspace is conducive to creative thinking, but it’s not always possible to work in a paper-free environment.
Filing cabinets are great for storing important documents and devices when you’re not using them, but they can sometimes be reminiscent of soulless office-cubicle life. Paint it a stand-out colour, however, and you can make it a feature piece for home office. Or, if you work with fewer physical documents, invest in a statement paperweight or a filing tray to mark your “paper zone.”
3. Use motivational decor
When we talk about motivational decor, we don’t mean a “Hang in there baby” poster crudely pinned to your wall. Consider this as a chance to add a bit of you to the room.
Images of family, movie quotes that you like and important mantras to remember when you’re stressed can be a big help in getting you in the creative zone. Be inspired by your hobbies and experiences and use your office as a space that embodies your values and let that reflect in your work.
4. Make it comfortable
In order to let the creativity flow, you need to feel comfortable. A stool or chair from the dining table isn’t going to cut it after an hour of work, let alone a full day in the office. Invest in a chair that gives you the correct support and follows guidelines to prevent RSI and back problems in the long run.
But remember, for most creatives, their life doesn’t revolve solely around their desk. Make sure that you have another comfy spot set out that you can go to for a break, to switch up your scenery and your thought process.
Creative office spaces are known for their co-working environments. Bouncing ideas off peers and having small chats throughout the day can really help time move faster and keep you motivated.
When working from home, in isolation, you can achieve this by having regular video calls for brainstorm sessions, but you can also magnify this experience by designating a space you use specifically for co-working activities, such as a sofa area. By doing this, you’ll train your mind to see that space as your collaborative area.
6. Bring the outside in
When you’re stuck in a room all day doing work, it’s easy to start feeling claustrophobic. If it’s an option, move your desk closer to a window to let in some natural light. Natural light is known to help people feel more productive and focused in the workplace as well as improving your mood and wellbeing overall.
Incorporating nature into your office can also help “relax” a rigid space. Invest in plants that add movement to your workspace like palms, or ones that purify the air like a Snake Plant or Aloe Vera. If you’re not a natural gardener, don’t be alarmed as there are plenty of realistic “faux-liage” out there to add a bit of greenery to your space.
Taking the first step
With these simple steps, anyone can transform their space for creativity. To make a start, first consider the things you dislike most about your home office and prioritise them. Be it garish wallpaper or a poor filing system, by tackling the elephant in the room head-on, you’ll start to see the creative potential in the space emerge.