We live in a world cluttered with distractions. Our phones light up with social media notifications, text messages and email alerts. Comparisons and marketing ploys exploit our attention spans, asking that we gaze upon the things that don’t enchant us or move us forward at all. There are to-do lists to be conquered and agendas to be met. This causes us to forget the romance of being alive.
Our brains long for a haven of inspiration – a place where we can slip away from all that nibbles away at our bliss. Where the phone is silenced, the downloads are paused, the societal expectations are dropped at the door; where we can step into a cocoon of wonderment, allowing us to channel the truth of what we have always been – a creative being.
In 2015, the Association for Psychological Science released a study exploring the importance of one’s home space. Through their research, they identified the psychological ambiances that most people seek to create in their homes: restoration, kinship, storage, stimulation, intimacy and productivity. Their findings confirmed what we instinctively know: ones’s relationship with their home is signifcant.
Experts have long determined that we develop unique emotional attachments to the varying energies within the spaces we most often occupy; this is why one often feels differently as they move from room to room. For example, the foyer may serve as a “crossing over” between the private life and the public persona, the kitchen may be inviting of fellowship, the bedroom may beckon for sensuality and slumber and the bathroom may encourage rejuvenation. This may also explain why the loss of a home or a sudden move often provokes a period of disorientation and mourning, or why a change in furniture arrangement is therapeutic after a breakup, divorce or job change. We are literally, energetically entangled with our home environments.
So, if you’re an artist of any facet – whether an author of books, a baker of pies, a designer of jewelry, a painter of murals or a screenwriter of makeshift films, your creativity can only be amplified by a space that inspires you. A place that will allow you to shed your mental chatter and slip into a realm of infinite creative possibility. Where you can ask that your inner genius incubate in waiting. A nook of your own where you can just let go.
Below is a list of five inspirations to help you achieve exactly that.
1. A Decluttered Space Brings Calmness to the Mind
According to the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui, clutter is stale, disconcerting energy that not only depletes us, but blocks the flow of new ideas and solutions. It is a physical manifestation – a mirror – of mental chaos.
So, once you have determined the ideal space for your nook, clear a way for it. Whether it be a 10 x 10 studio, a tiny corner of your bedroom or a vacant coat closet, it’s all yours. Take a broom to the cobwebs, wipe down the baseboards and exile those stacks of papers. No chaos is permitted in your holy space. It belongs to you and your creativity only.
2. Align With the Psychology of Color
Color is a powerful means of channeling desired emotions. A 2016 article published in Entrepreneur magazine explored one of the factors branding experts often consider when luring buyers: the psychology of color. Although the perception of color is a unique experience – associated with the individual’s biology and personal factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and cultural background – certain colors are related with specific emotions and facets of life.
Although one person may be empowered by a red wall and another may feel overwhelmed by it, a multitude of studies have revealed that, regardless of demographic, red generally increases adrenaline, raises blood pressure and increases the heart rates in subjects tested. By contrast, blue has been shown to do the opposite – calming and relaxing the body like a soothing body of water. Yellow infuses the mind with a dose of the sun – provoking feelings of cheer and happiness. Orange has been shown to create feelings of enthusiasm and motivation, which may be why many fitness centers paint their walls with this color. Purple hues – from lavender to eggplant – are most often associated with creativity and intuition.
The bottom line? Fill your space with colors that awaken the specific state of emotion you are after. For example, if you want your nook to be one of quiet meditation, muted blues and rich purple tones are probably ideal. If you wish for it to be a place where you depart from it shining with fresh ideas, perhaps a combination of yellow and lavender will do the trick.
3. Mimic the Earthly Elements
One of the principles of Feng Shui teaches that shapes and textures of fabrics and furniture are evocative of the natural elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Its wisdom says that our emotional needs and whims respond to and mimic these elements, even subconsciously.
A metal clock or vase may provoke feelings of strength and independence. Soft and fluffy blankets, pillows and rugs often generate feelings of loving comfort for your inner child. Wooden elements are associated with personal growth and health. Precious crystals, rocks and stones may ask that you stay grounded in your quest. A flickering candle may spark your inner fire – calling for you to act upon your most impassioned dreams.
4. Call Upon Your History
Bring in a few objects that are rich with soul-stirring history: An old turntable that belonged to your grandfather. The gold locket a friend gave you in middle school. The stub from the music festival that changed you. A deck of cards that reminds you of that time you were the winner. A jar of seashells from that unforgettable beach vacation. A box of crayons from your childhood – reminding you that your sense of wonder and possibility never left you at all.
5. Channel the Enchantment
Whether you want a cozy reading nook you can recline into, a quiet cave filled with the scent of nag champa or a stimulating space that makes you feel like a genie in a bottle – encompassed by satin drapery and plush pillows in vivid hues, daring to manifest your boldest, most powerful intentions – let whatever you create serve as your mirror and artistic muse.