March 22, 2013
As Pablo Picasso, perhaps the world's most famous painter and certainly a sage speaker, once said, "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." It's hard for all of us not to identify with this. After all, everyone has his or her own art. While some of us can complete those goals in the kitchen or in the study, others need a studio space to do so. And while there are a variety of ways to really elevate an at-home art studio, such as installing Anderson Hardwood Floors, crafting the perfect room is a gradual and careful process - an art in of itself. So, if you're looking for a little help with your own space, consider some of this advice.
Pick a spot
First things first - you'll need to decide where to situate this studio. Consider what kind of essentials you'll need for your art: good lighting, soundproof walls, a spacious room. Perhaps it's time to renovate the attic, or maybe you could get by finishing the basement and installing plenty of full-spectrum lamps. Many folks might want to turn a garage bay into a studio, as well. Find the area that works best for you and get to work.
Start from the ground up
As with any room, don't start moving in your furnishings and tools until you've got a solid ground beneath your feet. Here's where Anderson can help. Flooring collections like the Haversham line have been specially engineered by the designers at Anderson and hand-scraped by the craftsmen to engender feelings of creativity and passion. One look at these beautiful oak boards should be enough to convince you that they'll provide inspiration throughout their lifetime.
Stay simple and inspirational
It can be easy to let your inner decorator get away from you and go a little crazy with this new space to play in. Rein it back however and try to stay simple. Furnish lightly, but with an eye to furniture, fixtures and wall art that you find inspiring. Don't oversaturate or you'll risk leaving your space too busy to get work done in!
Keep a relaxation corner
While this is a studio, specifically built and designed to be a working environment, no artist has ever found success without providing the room to step back, take a breather and observe a project from a new angle. Reserve a corner of your studio for a sofa or armchair - somewhere you can kick back.
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