Creative spaces are personal in many ways as our passions are what drive us to create. So tapping into your passions and allowing those passions to have a place within your creative space is essential. For me, those passions are travel, photography, and cooking. It’s the three things that I cannot live without, and three things that I use in my daily life, whether I’m travelling looking for stories to write, photographing a city I’m visiting, or home cooking up a meal using flavours I’ve encountered around the globe.
Here is what you need to make your own creative space:
Unless you are inspired with black and white, your space is going to need some colour! Come up with a colour scheme and then use that as your base when you’re out shopping for pieces that you want in your creative space. I like to use a super handy app called Adobe Kuler. This app is AMAZING! I can open it, point my camera at an object and the app creates a colour scheme based on those objects. It’s pure genius. I use this for colour schemes for at home, as well as for online projects. Another great resource for colour schemes is Design Seeds.
Look for colours that make you happy and go with those. And if you cannot find things in the colours you want, remember, you can always paint them! 😉
I’m not referring to framed inspirational quotes – unless that is your thing of course – I’m referring to things like photographs, collages, works of art. Anything that makes you feel vibrant and creative. As I mentioned above I have a passion for travel, photography, and cooking. I also love things that are vintage. My creative space would feature images like vintage maps of countries I’ve visited, or I am dying to visit. And I love the idea of having different styles and colours for the frames.
In terms of photographs, there are so many ways you can go. You can choose images by photographers you love, or use CanvasPop and have canvas prints made of your favourite Instagram photos – which I think is a badass idea. Again, it’s about finding images that inspire you. Images that turn you into a hardcore daydreamer, but still allow you to work. Hmmm… does that even make sense?
This is probably my favourite thing to do when making a new creative space as it means I can go shopping, and to garage sales, and look for pieces that send chills of orgasmic delight down my spine. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly! I love, love, love finding small accent pieces to pretty-up my space. It makes me happy, and when I’m happy, I’m creative and oddly efficient.
Accent pieces do not have to be expensive, on the contrary, they can be DIY upcycle projects like making vintage suitcase shelves, or refinishing a stool or shelving unit. There is no end to what you can do. Remember, accent pieces can be changed at any time, so feel free to switch things up from time to time to freshen up your creative space.
*note: I found a tutorial on how to make the vintage camera lamp at homedit.com.
When it comes to your desk or writing table, chair and other pieces of furniture remember to keep it functional and fun. Yes, functional and fun are totally possible in terms of furniture pieces. Think about the size of your space and what would work best. You need to be comfortable, and productive – which can be a delicate balance at times.
Consider upcycling and old table and chair from a garage sale, buy something brand new, or repaint something you already own. If you choose a wooden chair, think of adding a seat cushion so you don’t get tired-bum syndrome, unless you use that as a reminder to get-up and work on a different type of creative project.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, you can get a really funky, fun, and functional look by upcycling. Of course, if you have the money to spend…
When planning out your creative space, look at magazines and websites like Pinterest for inspiration. You’ll be surprised by how quickly everything will come together and soon you’ll be cranking out projects left and right in your new creative space.
photos: Savoir Faire Abroad, Design Seeds, Indulgy, Belle Maison, Homedit, Fabricjunkie1640, IcoTraders, Kevin Bond, the cherry chic