Creative Environment

Creative Environment

For me, the most important condition for a creative breakthrough is the right environment. I like a space that is free of clutter. Reminders of chores and other distractions must be out of sight. The ringer on the phone is off. The creative process itself can become messy and disorganized, but I like to start with order.

I’ve seen other designers’ spaces, and some are loaded with inspiring images, vintage toys, or other bric-a-brac. Some are spartan. The color on the walls can have a big impact on how you feel in a room. Is it time to repaint? Do you have the correct furniture and tools for the task you are doing? Is everything arranged to help rather than hinder the flow of your work?

Don’t forget to stimulate all your senses. A scented candle or other form of aromatherapy is a nice addition to your studio. Most visual artists like music playing when they are in the zone. White noise is another possibility. Can the lighting in your space be improved? Perhaps you need more natural sunlight, or a specific task light, or even dimmer lights. When your mind is very open, bright lights can seem harsh.

Food and drink are probably part of your creative ritual. Caffeine gives your brain functioning a boost, at least temporarily. Something sweet will send blood sugar to your brain. If you are already keyed up, a soothing cup of tea or glass of milk can calm your mind. Keep your space stocked with these staples.

Working outside can be very conducive to creativity. So can coffee shops, museums, and libraries. Changing locations might be the kickstart to your next great idea.

What matters is that you create or find a space and the conditions that inspire you. But don’t get in a rut. Keep experimenting.