Not all of us can pull an Andy Warhol and repurpose a two-story fire station as an art studio, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a space for yourself that’s just as remarkable. Whether you’re an artist, a writer, or someone just looking to carve out a quiet nook for yourself in your home, we’ve rounded up five inspiring creative studio spaces to help inspire your next redecorating session.
Your Art = Your Space
You’ve established your aesthetic. Why shouldn’t it translate to your space, too? Artist Stella Maria Baer‘s work combines cosmic themes with a color palette inspired by the earth tones of her home in the Southwest. We love how Stella commits to her color palette in every aspect of her workspace, from the pieces she hangs up on her walls to her simple wood furniture.
Keep it Fresh
An easy way to make a small space feel big? Plants. Lots of ’em. Artist Jenny Kiker‘s space looks more like a botanical garden than an art studio, the perfect fit for her botanical-themed illustrations. Save the small plants for your desk, and the tall plants for floors and end tables – plants natural draw the eye up, making your room feel just a little more spacious. (Just don’t forget to water your new green friends.)
Embrace the Clutter
When it comes to a cluttered workspace, we like the way Albert Einstein puts it: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” The creative process is more often than not a messy one – and we think it’s worth embracing. After all, who knows what inspiration you might find in a multi-colored pile of paint tubes? If you’re going this route with a small space, we recommend keeping the clutter on one surface, whether it’s your desk, a side table, or the corner of your studio. A little clutter won’t hurt, but an entirely cluttered studio could get in the way of your next creative project.
Go Big Without Sacrificing Space
Working on a giant project, but don’t have enough wall or floor space? Take a note from artist Emma Fineman and DIY some extra room for your new piece. Depending on the size of your studio, a temporary room divider or a portable dry erase board might do the trick.
On The Go
If you happen to find yourself doing a residency on a house boat like artist Kristen Texeira here, think about what makes your studio feel at home to you. Is it a few inspirational postcards you have taped to the wall? A sketchbook or two that you like to thumb through for ideas? Don’t forget to pack these – along with your art tools, of course – when you’re on the go.