Tips for Decorating a Room to Boost Creativity

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Global economic conditions have caused people to work harder, and in different ways.

According to the Creative Industry Report, two percent of people who were employed in creative roles during 2011 and 2012 worked 55 or more hours per week, but half worked over 40 hours per week.

Also, Kelly Services, a well-known outsourcing and staffing company found that over 40 percent of members in the 2011 workforce identified themselves as freelancers. This marks a 70 percent over the past five years.

These statistics show that people are working for longer hours, and may be using their home as an office space while working as a freelancer. With that in mind, it’s important to know how to create a space that helps you tap into your own creativity. Even if most of your current work occurs in an office, you never know when that could change. Besides, a creative atmosphere is beneficial for more than just getting work done. When a room helps you tap into your creative side, you’ll feel stimulated and satisfied.

Fill it with Seating Options

Creative ideas don’t always spring up instantly. Rather, they frequently manifest after deep periods of free thought. Keeping yourself comfortable is an essential part of stoking the creative fire. Think about your preferred lounging positions, and buy seating to suit. If you like to spread out, consider buying a sectional sofa that includes a chaise lounge.

The lounge chair (or chaise longue)  is ideal for reclining, and the flexible design of a sectional makes it simple to place seating choices throughout the room. Some people like to keep moving while they’re evaluating a creative idea. If that sounds familiar, it’s even more important to scatter seats around an area. You can feel free to walk around for a bit, then sink down into the nearest chair.

Eames Lounge chair - chaise longue

Keep it Simple

Surprisingly, many people find that they’re most content in a room that’s decorated with a few meaningful items, as opposed to one that has every bit of wall and floor space covered with some sort of visual stimulation. Think about what has significance to you, and use that to inspire your decorating efforts.

It’s likely that personal photographs or posters with motivational quotes will provide more encouragement than a contemporary art print that’s very beautiful, but has no connection to you. Simplicity helps prevent sensory overload, and makes it easier to stay focused, too.

Don’t Forget About Lights

Use lights in a strategic way. For example, place a lamp on an end table next to your favorite couch or writing desk. If you often spend time reading or writing, light makes these tasks easier, and prevents eye strain.

Also, think about purchasing lights that have a few power settings to choose from. Then, you can have the choice of being in a room that’s very well lit, or one with softer lighting.

Many people don’t have to work hard to make creative abilities flourish. However, factors like stress, moods and workloads can make it a bit more difficult. Whether you’re a self-employed person who works at home, or just want to create a rejuvenating space, you can make progress by experimenting with the tips above.

Rose Singer writes articles for interior design blogs and suggests using a leather sectional with chaise in your family room for more seating area.

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