When planning a creative studio space, there are a few essentials each one should include.
If you are or know someone who is really creative, either as a hobby or as a profession, you understand the importance of a space dedicated to nurturing and expressing that creativity.
For me, it’s my office: it’s where I write and practice music. For a friend, it’s a full room for professional photo shoots. For another friend, it’s a dedicated sewing room. Whatever your hobby or creative activity is, having a room reserved for it is the best way to delve deep into your creative side and to bring out beautiful things.
Whether you’re converting your child’s bedroom after they’ve left the home or planning an addition to your house, you should consider these essential elements to any creative studio in your design.
1. Natural light
It’s difficult to paint, sew, draw, knit or do anything creative without plenty of light. And the best light is, of course, natural light from the sun.
When planning your creative studio, make sure you get plenty of light from windows and skylights. Good artificial lighting for short days and long nights is also pretty useful.
Think floor-to-ceiling windows, windows on several walls to maximize the amount of time you get natural light during the day, and of course ways to block out the sun if it gets in your eyes.
2. Storage space
Another essential to any creative studio is storage space for all the gear, items, notions and things you need to practice your craft. The amount of space and the shape of this storage space will depend, of course, but I’m personally a fan of simple bookcases with boxes you can store in them as well as storage that saves space, like under tables and seating.
Make sure that your storage is easily accessible and practical for your activity. The needs of a painter are definitely different from those of a photographer or a sewer. For example, as a knitter, I need plenty of boxes and drawers to store yarn and finished projects. A sewer needs vertical space for rolls of fabric, dress forms and other bulky items. A writer needs a table, a chair, bookshelves and spaces for pinning storylines and research on the walls.
Different people are inspired by different things. When writing, for example, I like to retreat into my own mind and imagination, and the outside is a bit of distraction. Other people might need a connection to the outdoors to inspire their art. They need to watch the activity of plants, animals and people to do good work.
Whatever you need to meet your muse, make sure your studio space can provide it. Our minds can do a lot with very little and we can adapt to many conditions, but if your very basic needs aren’t met, you might find it difficult to be at your most creative.
The last essential element of a studio space is a little corner to relax and take a break. Sometimes you want to remain in the creative brain space when you need a little break, so you don’t really want to leave your studio.
A small couch or a daybed in a corner is perfect to sit or lie down for a few minutes when your body aches or you need to close your eyes for a few minutes. Personally, I use a comfortable armchair with footstool to sit and imagine my stories if I hit a block or when my eyes start to blur.
It’s your space
Whatever your creative space is, it’s yours. It should conform to your needs and your style. It should hold what you want it hold and do what you want it to do.
Are you lucky enough to have a creative studio space in your home? How did you design it? Does it have any special features? Why? Let us know in the comments and inspire other creatives in our community!