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Design Tips for your Creative Space

May 7, 2015

A creative space is extremely personal – whether it’s an office desk, a studio table, the living room couch, or an entire house. It’s where you go to work on what you love, and sometimes where you go to procrastinate for hours on the internet. At Arro Home, we’re well aware of the dangers associated with a less-than-optimum creative space – one where you can “kind of” focus, some of the time. To counter that, we’re always thinking about ways to improve the design of our spaces, and we have a few tips that we reckon you might like.

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Keep it comfortable but not too comfortable

It’s important to strike a balance between being relaxed and comfortable and basically being in bed. Probably don’t invite your doona into your work space unless you live in Iceland and have no heating – in which case, you might also want to grab a few extra quilts. For the rest of us, comfort can be a matter of a solid chair and easy access to endless mugs of tea. 

Surround yourself with the stuff you love

This might sound kind of obvious, but it’s a good idea to surround yourself with the things you find inspiring. Pin photos on the wall. Keep smaller pieces on a bench top. Hang patterned throws over the backs of chairs. If there’s a style you like or want to see more of in your own work, then make sure you can see it when you’re thinking and creating. That said, don’t forget about your other senses. Incorporating different textures can help to ensure that every part of your mind is switched on – think tactile cushions to the side and warm, heavy rugs underfoot.

Make use of greenery

In our ideal world, any creative space would come with a view of sprawling greenery: something to remind you that there’s a world beyond your work. While it’s a lovely idea, it’s not always hugely practical. If you have space for plants, then make sure you position one so that you can see it from the corner of your eye! Smaller plants can sit on your workspace, either in a small canvas utility basket, a simple vase, or – if you’re going particularly tiny – a coloured glass tumbler.

Create the right distractions and limit the wrong ones

Everyone’s different when it comes to their creative work space needs. While some things are distracting to everyone (think: arguing children and power outages), other things can distract one person and inspire another. If neutral spaces cause you to stare blankly into the distance, then don’t be afraid to embrace a bit of clutter. You might find that dotting the space with playful napkins adds some much needed colour. Or that everything feels less monotone once you put a well-designed placemat under your keyboard. On the other hand, if your eye is easily distracted and a busy space overwhelms you, limit yourself to a few feature pieces. The right creative space is the one where you work best.