For artists, creating art at home can be quite a challenge. Creating art requires time, tranquility and space; there are all things that can be quite difficult to find in a modern home! If you’re going to be pursuing your passion, you’re going to need a place to do it. A place where you can lay out your tools, get in the right frame of mind, and express yourself on a canvas.
Up until this point, you’ve likely been making do with what you’ve got. An easel in the kitchen with your paints and brushes on the table might hold you over for the time being, but it’s far from ideal. Before long, you’ll have paint all over your floor and other signs of art creation splattered across the place. You need a more permanent place to paint!
While there might be other ways to find a place to pursue your passion, the best and most permanent way to pursue your passion is to create an art studio in your home. It might be a challenge to find such a place, but with our help there’s a good chance you’ll pull it off successfully. Let’s take a look at how you can go about this!
An art studio all your own
The great part about creating your own art studio is that the end result is entirely contingent on what you want from an art studio. Its size, decor, features and location will all be up to you to decide, so you can realize the full potential of the space you’ve always dreamed of. But how can you go about the process of creating your own personal art studio? Let’s find out!
Straightening up the place
The first step towards creating your own personal art studio is organizing your home so you know where to put it. Organizing your home is generally a good idea regardless of whether or not you’re planning on putting in an art studio, but if you are planning on creating just such a space, organizing will help visualize the final product much more effectively.
For starters, you should give your home or apartment a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning. Throw away any loose trash and donate any unused household goods to charities. Dust the furniture, vacuum the carpet and mop the floors. Once your place is sparkling clean, you can move on to getting your things organized.
Organizing your home won’t just help you make space for an art studio. It will also help you manage your time more effectively, free up space in your home and can even help you manage your mental health. And, if you’ve got a good organization strategy, the process isn’t even that difficult. Honestly there’s no reason not to!
Finding the right spot
Once your living space is cleaned and organized, it’s time to carve out a space for your artistic endeavors. For those who live in large, spacious houses, this will probably be a walk in the park. Those who reside in less spacious accommodations, on the other hand, may need to put some serious thought into the task of choosing the right spot.
If you live in a large home or apartment, we’ll leave the task of finding space up to your better judgement. If you live in one of the aforementioned smaller living spaces, then we’re here to help you find space in your home! Whether it seems doable or not, we’re willing to bet that we can help you find a little nook where you can paint to your heart’s content!
In cases like these, you have two options: repurpose an entire room or dedicate space in a room without completely overhauling it. The first option may seem like a bit of stretch, but if you’ve got a study, den, lounge or other relatively unused mid- to large-sized room in your home you might be able to put it to better use.
Alternatively, you can find a space inside or around your home that can be partially turned into an art studio. A corner in a well lit, open bedroom will do, or a shed that you rarely use. The options here are more extensive than you might think, so get creative; one of the key attributes of an artist is creativity!
Buying the materials
Now that you’ve chosen a spot and are ready to go, it’s almost time to set to work on creating your own welcoming art studio. Before you can do that, however, you’re going to need to purchase a few things to really make the spot feel like a studio, as well as one or two practical additions that can help keep it in tip-top shape.
First off, you’re going to want to purchase the materials to overhaul the space aesthetically. This will differ depending on where you’re going to be putting the studio and how you want it to look, but some of the most common additions to an art studio include a new paint scheme, new light fixtures and new flooring to prevent damage from paint spills or other happy accidents.
Furthermore, you may also want to install some more practical additions/equipment in your art studio that won’t necessarily improve its appearance but will lower the likelihood of you dying of paint fume inhalation or slipping on spilled paint and breaking an arm. Additions such as improved ventilation, anti slip mats and other safety equipment are typically rather inexpensive, but can mean the difference between a pleasant day of painting and a trip to the hospital.
Putting it all together
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: it’s time to take all the pieces that you’ve carefully prepared and put them together to make one beautiful and singularly personal home art studio. Wherever you’ve chosen to put it, this new addition to your home or possibly even one of your outbuildings is sure to result in renewed passion and energy in your artistic expression.
How you put the place together is entirely up to you, and depends on what you have planned for your new art studio. This might mean repainting a few walls and redoing the floors, or it might simply mean moving around some furniture and setting up an easel in a well lit corner. However you turn this dream into reality, the important thing is to simply enjoy the process.
One important thing to remember is that this process is likely to take some time, so don’t rush it.
Work on it at your own pace, in your own time. If the process takes a little longer, you lose a bit of time for working on your art. If you rush it and do things hastily, your mistakes will likely goad you into redoing it again in the future, leading to more wasted time. As the old saying goes, slow and steady wins the race!
Now that your new art studio is finished, all that’s left to do is get to work on your art. Start a new painting, or finish one that’s in progress; it’s up to you! Now you’ve got a welcoming, inspiring place to express yourself and create truly beautiful works of art. As you finish newer pieces, you can even hang them around your studio to remind yourself how far you’ve come since you started!
With this article, it’s our hope that we’ve given you some inspiration and practical advice on how to create your dream art studio in your own home. It may take some time and a small amount of hard work, but we’re sure that you can pull it off. One way or another, we think you’ll have the resolve to make a home studio all your own!
Now, there’s no getting around the fact that sometimes a home is just too small to fit an adequate home art studio. If you’re in this situation and you feel that upsizing to a more spacious home is right for you, you’ll want to find a real estate agent in your area and ask them about the listings they currently have.
When you’ve got your passion for art in mind, choosing a new home is likely to take on a different tone. You may find yourself looking for a dwelling place that is more compatible with your art, with characteristics such as good lighting, good sound isolation and other attractive features. Choose wisely and you’re likely to make a substantial improvement to your personal quality of life!