Admit it – whose work environment features boring, colourless walls, cheap furniture, a boring desk and lamp. If you’re raising your hand – you’re not alone. Workspaces should be inspirational and generate enthusiasm for creativity and new ideas yet most people ignore a space most of us spend up to 10 hours a day working in.
Whether your studio, office, workshop or atelier is big or small, it’s all about how you design and organise your space. To keep yourself motivated, you need to create the right environment, especially if you are an artist, maker, designer, freelancer or consultant who works from home.
Workspace design for creativity is not a luxury, it is essential. This is my guide to help redesign your workspace into an inspired, productive space.
Main Photo Source: Frida Florentina
Add more plants and give your workspace a living vibe
There is no easier nor better way to breathe life to your workspace. Flowers and plants have great psychological and physical benefits. Studies have proved that people who work in a natural breathing environment within their offices are more productive than those without. Being surrounded by nature can make people happier, kinder, and more creative.
You can add plants to your workshop in a creative way (hanging from ceiling or from the walls, on shelves, quirky DIY pots over your worktable, incorporating a living wall, placing them on a beautiful bench, etc.).
Bring more Zen into your work day
A cluttered space can result in haphazard workflows, for example misplaced documents and a lack of ability to focus because everything is fighting for your attention. Lack of organization can sometimes mean lack of efficiency. However, Imagine a workplace exemplified by peace, calm, tranquility and focus, embracing Zen principles.
- Keep your office desk setup organised
- Use light colours for your furniture and walls.
- Get inspired with Motivational Prints
- Subtle changes in our environment can play a big role in shaping our focus levels. Get your brain at its peak productivity state with the right lighting, brain-wave stimulating sounds and fresh scents. Harness the power of aromatherapy by using scents to calm your mind and relieve stress.
Show creativity through artistic expressions
The more you love your workspace’s design, the more energised and inspired you will feel when you get to work each day. Art gives new ideas and can often be inspirational. Try to add paintings, pottery, drawing, photography, sculptures, mixed-media projects or macramé into your workspace. The more texture you use, the better the creative vibe.
Exhibit your own work or the materials you daily use as a piece of art. Display your art, products or DIY projects all over the room in a creative way. It will give you a sense of reward and achievement.
Design your space to trigger moments of joy, or surprise, or ritual.
Furniture can also boost your creativity
Furniture is the central piece of a workspace. From my point of view, I would use one of these two very different options: vintage wooden and industrial furniture or modern minimalist style.
Keep an antique natural wooden chair, desk, or table in your workspace as a celebration of craftsmanship.
Become creative with your walls
Some may think “who cares what the walls of the workshop look like?”. But walls are a great way to show off creativity. Scuffed, dingy walls appear dull and depressing. If your workspace area is wide, then you can play with different colours by using bright and dark shades. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Consider a beautiful collection of cool objects, blackboards or botanical wallpapers. If your working studio is narrow and congested, then paint the wall in bright white. Your working area will feel larger and airy. When natural light hits the glossy white paint, space will look brighter.
Add pieces from your Travel Adventures
We love travelling to different places around the world, and we came across different cultures and traditions which pass from generation to generation. And using cultural artifacts are a fantastic way to immediately brighten up your workspace with a bohemian vibe. During your travels, you may come across different kinds of exotic baskets or rugs, ideal for decorating your workspace. Vintage carpets can add so much character and texture. You can also use mirrors of different kinds, flower bases and other craft elements to give your workspace a boho touch.
Your floors can also go creative… Tiles are on trend
Just like home, tiles in the workspace are also on trend. Whether the tiles are of pattern or colour, they are a great way to represent your creativity. If an area of your workspace is likely to become messy or dirty, then add some tiles there as they are easy to clean. From ceramic, vinyl, stencil to porcelain, you can become creative with every variety of tiles. Be innovative: Cover some areas with tiles and others with wooden boards.
Natural Lighting brings more productivity than lamps
If your workspace is cold and dark, then there’s a high propensity you might not be working productively. Temperature and lighting have a significant influence on how our brains function. To tweak your working studio, consider natural light. It makes us feel better and when it comes to designing an optimal workspace, it should always be the first choice. However, if you don’t have enough natural light, think about using decorative lamps like these unique Polish-made Pajaki chandeliers, which are made of paper pom-poms. The extremely talented Karolina Merska runs workshops to create the lamps in London.
I hope my tips will help inspire you with ideas to decorate your workspace artistically. Our guide is not about spending more money, rather how you can repurpose modern art with the classic.
Please let us know how you would like to decorate your workspace in the comments section below. We would love to hear your ideas.