Creating art is a deeply personal and therapeutic process for many artists. Therefore, many need a safe space or haven to produce their art under optimal, consistent conditions. This can be hard to manage as many artists have to balance family life, other personal matters, professional endeavors, and other aspects of life on top of their art.
When they finally feel like they have time to commit to their art projects, they need somewhere to work peacefully and at ease. From sound-absorbing art panels to line your walls to creating the perfect playlist to create alongside, shaping your art-making environment can be tedious. But it doesn’t have to be.
In this article, we’ll break down five clear ways to create the perfect room for making your art and following the passion you love. During the pandemic especially, artists had to pivot how they were approaching art, both as a craft and as a business. Many artists feel they don’t have enough time to spend on their creations. By creating the optimal environment for comfortability and creative expression, you might find it easier to make time for your art.
Keep reading to see how some small changes to your art-making home base could have big impacts on artists everywhere.
1. First, find an isolated section of your home to work in
This could be in the den, in the basement, or even in the shed or the garage. With a few simple tweaks, you could transform this room into an art studio that doubles as a haven for creating your masterpieces. The last thing you want is to be in a high-traffic area in your home, especially if you have a large family.
The first step is to determine a place where you can frequently work on short- and long-term projects in peace. Rather than doing art in your shared space, dedicate an entire room or area to your craft.
2. Hang inspiring pieces of art in your space
Artists know the key to creating art is to be inspired. Surround yourself with inspirations that are specific to you, whether it’s your previous projects for motivation or pieces created by some of your favorite artists. You want to create an entire environment that works for you. This may mean lots of things on the walls; it could mean nothing at all.
But if you have trouble finding inspiration in your daily life, decorate your art-making space to become something of inspiration itself. You’ll be surprised at the impact it'll have.
3. Develop a playlist you know you’re productive to
For some, this is a LoFi, lyricless playlist with hip-hop beats or other calm tones that plays nicely in the background. For others, it’s jamming out to their favorite artist while they work out or create art. It’s going to be different for everyone, but adding music to your work environment will change your environment more than you realize, and could boost your productivity immensely.
It doesn't have to be music, either. If you want to catch up on a sports show or podcast while you’re creating art, and it works for you, then go for it. The fact is having background noise or music could spark connections in your mind that lead to higher art production when you can set aside time for it.
4. Consider sound-dampening wall panels
You could create the most peaceful, tranquil room possible in your house to create your art projects in. But if you’re constantly being interrupted or bombarded with sounds around your house or in your neighborhood, it increasingly becomes difficult to focus and get stuff done.
There are felt, acoustic wall panels that specialize in sound dampening or sound absorbing. But that’s not all. They’re also largely customizable based on patterns and colors, so you get a two-for-one when you implement them in your space. You can custom order them online, enjoy the fun of putting them up in your space, and then enjoy peace and quiet as they eliminate your distractions.
5. Take your art on the go
It’s possible that no singular location can serve as your art-making studio if you require mobility to get inspired for new projects. For example, landscape painters don’t benefit from looking at the same four walls every day. But that doesn’t mean they have to travel to the ocean or the mountains to find inspiration for painting.
Even just going outside or to the park to work on art can help you change the way you think or approach an art project. In this case, consider beefing up your art supplies to be malleable and transportable so you can accommodate your inspiration needs. The best part about art is there are no rules. If you need to leave home to create something you love, go for it.
Below is a list of some bonus tips that might help move the needle for you in your creation process.
- Use a room with several windows and natural light
- Use layered lighting options to change your room’s vibe when you want to
- Light a candle or two while you work
- Control the optimal humidity and temperature to preserve art
- Give yourself plenty of space to work
Always remember that whatever is going to help you create more artwork or get more done in an inspirational way is the path you should take. Don’t force yourself into something you aren’t sure will work for you.
Conclusion - How to Create the Perfect Room for Making Art
To recap, the first thing to understand and remember is there are no rules when it comes to producing your artwork. These are just a few tips that might help you enjoy your artwork, improve your productivity, or simply create a more relaxing environment.
Try setting aside a comfortable area of your living space (and it doesn’t even need to be a room). You can work outside if it's comfortable and helps you produce. But if you are allocating a room as your art-making space, consider the following:
- Hang inspirational art pieces around your room
- Develop a strong playlist you love to work with
- Consider sound-dampening panels
- Or if all else fails, take your art on the go to somewhere you’re more comfortable