Designing a Home Environment for Cultural Creatives
Home is where the heart is. It’s also where we draw inspiration from on a daily basis. As the place we wake up in to greet the day and go to dream every night, our home is the foundation for fostering a creative, peaceful and productive lifestyle.
Cultural creatives are people inspired by nature, art and balance. Their homes are sanctuaries of peace, but also creative work spaces where business ideas can flow and develop.
Components of Creative Home Living
We’ve broken up the concept of creative home living into four distinct components. These elements are designed to integrate and work in harmony with one another.
- Design space that helps foster creativity
- Create a home with eco-friendly products & practices
- Promote an environment of relaxation and balance
- Commit to functionality and productivity
1. Fostering Creativity
Simply put, creative home living cultivates creativity. Having our imagination and creativity engaged enhances all facets of life because it is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than to be able to express oneself openly and without judgment. In a fast-paced world filled with constant personal and professional deadlines, it is important to fuel a positive and creative environment. Our home is the perfect place to do this because this is where we spend most of our time! Whether that inspiration begins in the kitchen or home office, having a space that fosters creativity opens us up to boundless possibilities.
2. Sustainable and Locally-Sourced Products
Sustainable products provide environmental, social and economic benefits over their full commercial cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to final disposition. Locally-sourced products enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place. It is important to use both sustainable and locally-sourced products because we, as consumers, become aware of where the products we use come from. Buying and selling such products boosts the economies of the very places we live and work. It also reduces the number of miles products travel to reach our homes and further shrinks our carbon footprint. Creative home living encompasses these eco-friendly ideas and helps us to become more conscious of the goods we use every single day.
3. Zen, Harmony, and Balance
Having a dedicated area to decompress is essential, especially as daily stresses challenge us to take even five minutes for ourselves. Creating a zen place should instantly allow us to relax and recharge body, mind and spirit. This balance can be achieved by building an environment with products that help us center ourselves. When it comes to the principle of living harmoniously, it is important to understand that among different people, the locus of balance is always going to be different. Finding your balance in a place that allows you to maintain equilibrium is vital to creative home living.
4. Functionality and Productivity
Before we fill our home with “stuff” that inspires us, helps the environment, and is appealing to the eye, we must remember that products should also serve a purpose. In order to ultimately help us achieve a creative lifestyle, products must not only be functional in our everyday lives, but easy-to-use. In addition, we must also design our space to promote productivity. This can involve the addition of a home office that is separate from the bedroom and other areas, but makes efficient use of space such that it fosters productivity and gets the creative juices flowing.
Creative home living is all about enjoying the space you live in while cultivating a creative, harmonious and productive lifestyle. Whether entertaining guests, relaxing outside or working from your home office, it is vital that your living space be designed to foster creativity and promote balanced living.
Be sure to keep these tips in mind when designing your creative home living space and feel free to share some of your own tips and ideas in the comments below!