With your space (or spaces) identified and creative tool storage ideas and plans in mind, it’s time to claim your “creative space” and make it your own.
After claiming a creative space, some people are ready to jump right into making their area visually appealing. Others may just be starting to envision the possibilities for their space. This is the perfect time to stop right where you are and take a step back in your thinking. Yes, having a beautiful space is extremely important to creativity and sparking the imagination, but what’s even more important is that your creative space be nurturing. A nurturing space is one filled with elements of light, comfort, things that you absolutely love and delight in, art and color. It’s a place where you can go to and relax into your creative potential.
A Nurturing Space is…
Filled with Light
A nurturing space is one filled with natural daylight during the day and enveloped by high quality artificial lighting at night. Lighting helps to set a creative stage and can lift your mood. Lighting that includes:
- Task lighting (full-spectrum light is best to simulate natural light)
- General overhead lights
- Accent lights – this is the fun lighting; it can be candlelight, twinkling Christmas lights strung up around the room or in a silk Ficus tree, or spot light placed behind a plant or in a corner of your room
Filled with Comfort
Comfort is whatever puts your mind and body at ease and calms you.
Comfort can be in the form of a beloved oversized chair that you can sink into at a moment’s notice or share with your favorite pet.
Or the soothing fragrance of potpourri, scented oil or a candle. Even an intoxicating aroma emanating from a delightful hot beverage.
For others, comfort can be in the written word, like an uplifting saying, encouraging note from a loved one, or a reassuring scripture…
“Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
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Comfort is also in the functional sense of the word. When you write your blog at your computer, is your chair properly fitted to your body so that it supports your back, spine, and neck? Is your chair height set appropriately for your desk height? How about your hand and wrist… do you have something that cushions your hand from the hard desktop? Really think about this and note anything that gives you discomfort and fix it. Allowing discomfort to remain unresolved will affect the quality of your creative time.
Filled with Things you Absolutely Love and Delight In
Fill your space with things you truly and honestly LOVE. These can be things that you love to touch, look at, and smell; anything that makes you smile, lights up your senses, or inspires you. Be very selective in what you place into your creative space.
Do you become overjoyed with things of nature? Place a bird feeder filled with small bird seed just outside a window in your creative space or that you frequently look out from. Before you know it, your feeder will be visited by a variety of tiny song birds. When the weather is nice, open the window and be inspired by their beautiful song and silly antics.
For me, one of the things I keep in my creative space next to my computer is a bowl of “tiny treasures” that I like to dip into every so often when I’m taking a “creative break”. I’m really unsure as to why I’m drawn to the items in my bowl, but I am. Upon close examination, the “tiny treasures” make me smile or cause me to take a moment to reflect on creative things. To keep things fresh, I like to swap out the “tiny treasures” every now and again.
What do you treasure that would be perfect for your space?
Filled with Art
How can anyone live in a creative space without the presence of art? Art just makes a room come to life.
The art can be something you made (a tapestry, painting, collage, pottery – you name it), it could be your child’s art, or art you’ve collected or received as a gift. Anything that speaks to your heart and causes you to frequently gaze at its beauty, its form, or captivating qualities that you admire. Art is something that catches your eye as you enter a space.
“The function of art is to free the spirit of man and to invigorate and enlarge his vision.”
Here’s a piece I did several years back that I still enjoy keeping in my creative space. This particular piece has a lot of meaning to me and helps me to ease into creativity.
Filled with Color
Fill your creative space with color. It could be a background of calming neutrals with splashes of color or it can be a room-filled top to bottom with colors galore! Whatever bubbles up inspiration for you and nurtures your creative thoughts.
- Add color to walls
- Through your accessories
- Pens, pencils and markers
Changing up colors in your space every so often also helps to reinvigorate your creativity.
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Now with a solid nurturing foundation, you can go wild making your space beautiful!
To make my space beautiful, I love a touch of sparkle and glitter – just a touch mind you 🙂
Go to the next post in my series: Day 14: Clear the Clutter