I have been working from my home art studio for a long time so I’ve learned how important it is to keep my creative space fresh.
Be it a separate studio, your living room, your bedroom or your kitchen table… wherever you create, it wants to be beautiful, productive and authentically you.
These are my top tips for creating an inspiring space in which to spend your very best hours.
1. Change it up.
Move that furniture around. There’s always a new layout you can try. Even when it feels like there is no possible way that you could put the table anywhere else… YOU CAN! Get the energy moving around the room and free up the dusty corners. Moving the furniture around unblocks your mind and changes your perspective.
2. Keep it tidy.
Start each day with a clean, inviting space. I tidy my studio everyday. Either last thing at night or first thing in the morning. Just sweep away the dust and put the used paper in recycling. Tools and paints go back in their jars. Take things out of the studio that no longer need to be there.
Go for a hunt around your garden or local green space. Gather some beautiful shaped leaves and flowers to put in jars filled with water and place them around your studio. Having greenery around you is soothing and inspiring. I usually begin a painting session by painting the flowers I have by my desk. Paper flowers are lovely too. Confession: I am the most awful flower arranger you’ve ever met… but perfection is not the point.
I have essential oils and a mist diffuser in my studio. First thing in the morning I fill the room with a beautiful inviting scent. I use something citrus based to jazz things up or a Peace and calm blend to sooth the vibe. Perhaps a touch of frankincense if I want to be inspired. Scent alone can make all the difference.
Pin up a few special images that lift your heart. Make it something personal that’s really your style with colours that you love. Invest in a print from a creator whose work you adore. I have a couple of prints by my favourite artists on my studio wall and they bring me so much joy and inspiration. You could make a moodboard too! A personal expression of who you truly are.
We spend many hours in our art studios deep in the flow of creating. It’s where we find our solace and our inspiration. It’s where we unlock our hearts and for many of us it’s also where we make our money so it’s vital to keep your creative space alive and fresh.