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Home Office Solutions For Creative Thinking

Updated on November 17, 2009

Sometimes a home office is created from a leftover room or a room that is no longer used. It may not be the ideal space right now but with a little touch up and some minor redecorating it can become the perfect haven for creative thinking.

Maybe you have a formal study in your home but you want something a little more spicy and vibrant to spur on those creative juices. Finding another space in your home to call your own or even sharing a space that can be decorated in a way that is inspiring will do wonders for your creativity.

I had just such a need to spur on on a playful mood while writing children's books.  I came up with a solution that was beneficial for me so I will be sharing those tips with you.  This is to show how you can adapt a space to your needs.  You just need to decide what will spur on your creativity and work best for your needs.  Hopefully this sparks some ideas.

Work area with inspirational books handy and objects with inspirational messages.
Work area with inspirational books handy and objects with inspirational messages.
Storage space with whimsical decor to spur on creativity.
Storage space with whimsical decor to spur on creativity.
Rest area to gaze out window.
Rest area to gaze out window.
Inspiring wall art.
Inspiring wall art.
Created whimsy.
Created whimsy.
Inspirationation for writing along with nature inspired accents.
Inspirationation for writing along with nature inspired accents.
Motivational desktop pieces.
Motivational desktop pieces.
Fun playful shelf helps to inspire writing for children.
Fun playful shelf helps to inspire writing for children.

Home Office Design

This home office is actually a shared space. It is a bonus room in our upstairs level that was intended as a kid's television and game room. Originally it was decorated even more kid friendly with multi-colored bright pillows and Disney plush characters on shelves.

Since two of my daughters have already moved out and my son rarely uses the room, I decided to start taking it over. Because my son still uses the computer area for homework and now facebook, I wanted to keep the room somewhat kid friendly. I opted to keep the walls bright but toned it down a little bit with some natural elements.  This actually worked out fine for me since I find the bright color happy and inspiring.

I started out by making new seat cushion covers. I wanted to go for something a little more cottagy and figured the stripe would go over better with my son than a floral. Of course, I couldn't stop there and made curtains to match. The room was looking more my style already.

I brought in a couple of my favorite birch lamps and decided to add more along that theme. I painted a bookcase white to brighten up the area and nailed on some birch branches to add some whimsy. To add some height to the bookcase I took a glass vase that I had painted and added some birch twigs to that.  Of course, since I am sharing the room, I added the globe which my son may or may not use in relation to school.  The bookcase is full of classic books to inspire my writiing and other books for my son to read.  A set of encyclopedias completes the collection of our shared book space.

I then painted an oak file cabinet white with one drawer yellow for a little zip. I placed some leftover fabric where a drawer label would go to carry the pattern over.  Now it is more of a fun furniture piece than just a dull filing cabinet.

Bringing in my favorite accents really tied things together for me. My inspire sign, my angel carrying a heart that says dream and other quotes all spur me on. I didn't need to do much to the room at all to make a space where I could be creative. The key is surrounding yourself with what inspires you and creating a work space for the type of work you need to do.



Home Office Computer Desks

The featured computer desks could easily be added to any home office space depending upon the room available. Glass and light metal designs are practically invisible and should fit in with most any decor. They are relatively inexpensive so your design dollars could be used elsewhere.

Adding design elements to the rest of the space can personalize your area in a way that inspires you. Buying a separate hutch to fit on the tabletop is always an option as well, as long as the hutch is the same width or smaller and made to just sit on the tabletop.

Buy Some Inspiration

This inspirational plaque can get you started on designing an office for creative thinking. The saying "Live Your Dreams" inspires you to think beyond the normal and go after your goals.

I love the recycled tin and wood letters forming the word "dream".  These colorful letters measure from four to six inches each and would make a great piece of motivational wall art.


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    • MisCook profile image


      8 years ago

      I love DIY. Great hub you got here.

    • Song-Bird profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Hanlon 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks! When I'm not writing hubs, I'm usually working on a children's book. The bright colors help to make me feel playful.

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I like your bright and lively colors, Song-bird! I personally like a lot of wood and light colors. I especially like light wood like walnut. Thanks!


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