Creating a Cosy Art Space for Mental Health and Well-Being

Creating a Cosy Art Space for Mental Health and Well-Being

Creating a little art studio at home can do wonders for your mental health and well-being.
Art therapy can reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and provide a healthy outlet for emotions.
These practices can be done anywhere using a small notebook and pen but, if you have the space, time and resources, you can set up cosy spot that’s perfect for your creativity and peace of mind:

1: Picking the Perfect Spot In Your Home
Firstly, it’s really important to consider lighting. A lot of artists prefer spaces with lots of natural light. Sunlight and fresh air can also boost your mood.
It is also preferable, to choose a quiet corner away from the hustle and bustle of your home. It’s easier to relax and get into the creative zone. If this isn’t available to you, headphones and your favourite music is always an option.
Depending on what materials you are using, good airflow is a must. Making sure your space is well ventilated is really important if you’re using paints and additives that have strong scents or fumes. Adding plants to your space can also help to improve air quality.

2: Supplies, Furniture and Gear
You don’t need much to be creative. Try to use a designated, sturdy workstation. This can help contain any mess that your creativity makes. That way, you won’t have to worry too much about spilling some paint on the desk, or the coffee mug rings building up.
It is worth looking around for cheap and affordable bins, shelves and drawers to help keep your art supplies organised. You can store a lot in second hand bins, empty pasta sauce jars and magazine holders.

Prioritising your comfort is a must in this space. I’d recommend a fan and big woolly blanket close at hand and if possible, invest in a comfortable chair. You can also use aids to help prevent any kind of straining during your work. For example: the use of a magnifier during intricate embroidery will be really beneficial to your eyes.

3: Find Somewhere to Display Your Art
Hanging up some of your finished pieces or works-in-progress (even with simply Blu-tac) can boost your confidence which is one of the aims of art therapy. If you don’t have the space to hang or display, make sure at least to find a suitable storage place for them. They are something you should be proud of and may want to look back on someday.
Setting up your own art studio at home doesn’t have to be complicated. Just focus on making it a place where you feel happy, safe and inspired. Happy creating!