Now that it seems our basement won’t flood again as badly as it did this summer, things are moving back into our workout and hobby space there. Creative work spaces are on my mind. These spaces look like they’d help push creative spirits to new heights …
This is my #1 favorite, found at Honey Pie Living. The stone would make me want to make the most of texture in hobbies. The whiteness and lightness leave room for colorful imagination to play:
The cabinet in the next studio would make me want to work there 24/7 and gaze at it (but that wouldn’t help productivity, would it), via House Beautiful:
And a big broad table is a necessity for many hobby spaces.
You also need ample storage. Oh my goodness, what goodness could be hiding in all these drawers! Via Skarp Agent by Stellan Herner:
This table may be enormous, but I’d find a way to use the whole thing as a creative playground:
You can see someone is inspired here (I don’t know original source):
The big bright lights in the above photos are a must too. Make sure ample lighting is over your working space, and that you have task lighting closer to you too. Many hobbies require close-up vision.
In this image via Lonny, the beams, the lattice on the doors, the many patterns that stimulate your visual senses:
Clearly already, you see I have a “type” for a hobby studio. For hobbies where I play with lots of color, I prefer a natural/beige/white space. But for an office for writing, I would want far more color.
I’d also rather not face a wall. Sitting with your back to a door is bad feng shui, but sitting at a desk butted up against a wall, with your back to the room, also doesn’t feel right. Having said that, I’ve spent workdays for the past eight years in an office with exactly that set-up! So my favorite rooms have a big table in the middle, or a desk facing into the room.
Found at greige:
This was the office of Brooke Giannetti of Velvet & Linen – a gorgeous space:
If you want to see more offices and studios, I’ve collected over 170 photos on a Pinterest board.
- The Creative Studio – 7 Ways To Find Your Design Center (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)