Design Tips for Boosting Your Creativity at Home

Discover five simple ways of transforming your space to both lift your mood and refocus energy.

Occasionally, almost everyone struggles with creativity and productivity at home. Whether you’re an artist, a designer, a writer or simply someone waiting for inspiration to strike, it’s important to keep in mind that our environment plays a critical role in how we think and behave. If you find that your flow may be blocked, then it’s time to consider changing your home décor. Here are five ways to give you the extra boost you need to reach new artistic heights.

Breathe new life into your home with plants.

Adding plants to your space not only stimulates your thought process, but it also enhances positive energy. Plants improve the air quality around you, providing more oxygen to the brain so you feel more energized, motivated and focused. Researchers at the University of Exeter, found that plants have been shown to increase creativity by 45 percent and productivity by 38 percent.

When it comes to plants, the sky’s the limit. Think modern terrariums, assorted pots, large potted plants or bamboo shoots. Instead of letting those awkward room corners go to waste, place a large well-developed tree to add height and drama to your space. For a chic and whimsical vibe, hang a cluster of glass air plants next to a window or consider making a statement in your living room with a lush, vertical wall garden.

Since blue is naturally calming, it’s the perfect power-concentration color for the hyperactive or easily distracted. Paint one of your bedroom walls a pale blue and adorn your bed with matching decorative pillows for sweet, inspired dreams.

Surround yourself with cool colors.

Color can seriously affect your mood. If you are trying to foster creativity and inspiration in your home then choose a color palette featuring soothing blues and light greens.

Green is proven to spark innovation and help you cultivate new ideas. To get your creative juices flowing, place your desk or hobby spot near a window and add some green curtain panels, giving your eyes and brain a boost. Nature-inspired green and soothing blue furniture pieces are also a great way to enhance productivity and creativity without painting your walls.

Increase your natural light.

The level of natural light in your home can affect your brainstorming abilities. Bright rooms make us feel happier, more alive and vibrant. People who are regularly exposed to natural light tend to get more sleep at night, and they also tend to be more alert and focused.

Mirrors reflect light, so the more mirrors you have in a room, the more light will bounce from wall to wall. This is a great trick for spaces with limited windows. Hang mirrors opposite windows to maximize the natural light in your room.

When it comes to window treatments, ditch the heavy fabric curtains and replace them with an airier fabric, like linen or cotton, to allow more light into your space. To enhance the natural light in a room, opt for pale walls since lighter colors are better at reflecting sunlight.

Hang wall art that inspires you.

Your creative efforts are at their best when your attitude is positive, so hang images that lift your mood. And since art strives to stir up emotions, it can prompt you to think in a new way.

Whether it’s a portrait, a city backdrop, a painted ocean view, or an inspirational quote, wall art can invigorate the ambience of your home.

Eliminate the clutter.

A messy room can crowd your mind and block your creative flow. Cut down on unnecessary decorations and furniture that have the potential to distract you. A clean, open area will help relax and rejuvenate your mind. In other words, think like a minimalist.

A tidy environment is especially important when it comes to your workspace. Clean up your desk and make sure that only the essentials are within arm’s reach, like your keyboard, your notes, and your books. And don’t forget to incorporate cozy elements that make you feel good – comfort is key.

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