As a creative blogger, I need a home office that allows me to have a space to work at my computer for blogging and managing my Etsy shop and then I also need space to create. As I have been working on a design for my home office, these 5 key elements have been at the forefront of my design process.
Here are 5 tips to creating the perfect space that will inspire creativity along with some home office inspiration.
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Space planning is important for creatives. Just like the working triangle in the kitchen, creatives need to be able to move freely in their office space without obstruction and everything needs to be accessible easily and quickly. Some questions you want to ask yourself when space planning for your home office are as follows:
- Do I need/want to stand or sit when I’m creating?
- Do I need/want storage that hides my supplies or do I need to be able to see everything I have?
- What supplies do I need access to frequently?
- What colors/decor will inspire me to create?
- Where are the outlets and phone/cable jacks located in the space?
Once your space planning is done, the next thing you need to think about is furniture. Choose your furniture carefully based on the questions you answered above. For example, if you prefer to work standing up, you will want a counter height table or desk. I actually prefer to stand while I am creating but I like to sit while I’m working at my computer so I have a counter height space and a regular desk. Also, if you are like me and tend to swoon over beautiful chairs be sure you choose one that is not only appealing to the eye but is functional and comfortable as well.
Storage is very, very important for creatives. We tend to
hoard have lots of supplies and need lots of storage to store those supplies. If you can’t afford or don’t have the space for built-in cabinets, furniture pieces such as armoires or china hutches are great for storage in an office space. While I do have built-ins, I also have and love the Better Homes & Garden cube organizers for extra storage. They are sturdy and very inexpensive.
Creatives need good lighting in their office space. There’s nothing worse than trying to work on a project and not being able to see what you are doing so it is important that you think about task lighting in addition to any other lighting options you choose….especially if you don’t have much natural light.
Don’t forget your decor! This is your space. Your creative space. Make sure it represents you and is a place that inspires you every time you walk into the room.
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