We often hear stories of people being inspired by the most random things or how they came up with an idea by accident or luck. We highlighted the benefits of getting more downtime in our previous article here. One thing we know for sure is that inspiration is spontaneous. Although we can’t control when we get inspired, we can create an environment that promotes creativity.
We spend a lot of time in our homes (especially now), so it only makes sense to spruce up our home to help us get our creative juices flowing. Here are 6 ways to help promote inspiration in your home.
Change It Up
Seeing and doing the same things on a daily basis makes us turn on our autopilot mode. Making small changes in how we do things can expose us to new ideas, methods, and challenges. It could be cooking a familiar dish with new ingredients, embarking on a DIY project, or just simply changing the layout of your room. These types of changes will feel refreshing, enough to create some sparks for something more.
It’s no surprise that sunlight makes us happier–sunlight helps us produce serotonin, a hormone that boosts our mood and overall well-being. A better mood means we are more open to ideas and creative thinking. While it's not possible to get natural lighting in all parts of our home, it’s good to have it in areas where we spend most of our time. If natural lighting is not available, choose lights that best simulate natural daylight.
Add Some Color
It’s common to see homes with different shades of neutral colors such as white, beige, gray, or brown. Although these colors are easy on the eyes, they can also come off as boring or uninspiring if overdone. Since neutral colors are able to match with everything, adding splashes of color or accents will brighten up your living space. Some common items to use accents on are pillows, throws, rugs, and wall art.
Over the past few years, indoor plants have become more popular for both homes and workspaces, for good reason. The presence of nature provides a calming effect that boosts our mood. Various studies have shown the health benefits of nature and plants including reduced stress, better concentration, and enhanced creative thinking. So go ahead and deck out your space with some indoor plants.
Adding different kinds of art to your living space will liven to your home and help you get in touch with your creative side. Hanging art is the most popular, but there are various types of art such as decorations or ornaments that can add appeal. However be careful not to get carried away with your decorations, as some of it ends up being clutter. Be sure to change up your art rotation from time to time to keep things interesting.
Designate an area where you can mentally and physically explore different ideas and projects. It can be at your work desk, a corner in your living room, or even your garage. Treat the space like your creative playground, have all types of supplies that lets you explore your creative side. Some useful things to always have are sticky notes, a notebook, stationery supplies, and reading material.