This morning my dear friend Anna Wohlesser told me that is she is in the process of designing her own creative workspace at home. Sounds exciting! This blogpost is meant to give her and you some tips & inspiration for the design of such a workspace.
Room for inspiration
What I think is important is to create space for the things that inspire you in your work. For example to have a place where you can pin items that inspire a project you’re working on (ideas, images, quotations). It should be something you can easily change, so a corkboard would be useful or simply a wall where you can tape things on. You can also have inspiration around by bringing your favorite books, magazines and creative materials into the space. So make room for some storage space, for example on shelves, in boxes or in jars.
Holly Becker’s workspace – photo via Decor8
Something else that is important is to have a big enough table to work on. A big, high table will encourage you to be active and create some cool, big projects on it. You can put your materials on it and won’t feel limited in what you can do. You could also choose a not too heavy table that you can fold in so it won’t take up too much space when you’re not working on it.
Photo by Marie Claire Maison via Apartment Therapy
Finally some questions that could help to work on the design (in addition to making a moodboard):
- What would you like to do in the space? What kinds of activities should it accommodate and what do you need for them?
- How much space do you have available? Will that space have other functions as well?
- What kind of atmosphere would you like the room to have? How would you like to feel whilst working in it?
- What kinds of materials (e.g. wood, metal, wallpaper, fabrics) would fit with that feeling? Which colours would fit best?
- What is your budget to spend on the room? What could you get for free or make yourself?
- What kinds of furniture, paint, materials, etc. do you already have at home that you could use for the redesign?
- What kinds of things would you need to buy? What would be nice places to go shopping for them?