Boost Your Creativity: Ideas to Steal from Incredibly Inspiring Workspaces

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I know what you're thinking. If you had a huge loft in some hip city with crumbling brick walls and tons of light streaming in through gorgeous windows it'd be easy to be your most creative self. You'd be right. But, since we don't all have the ability (or pocketbooks) to slip into insanely inspiring workspaces, we've got to work a little harder to make spaces that recharge our creative juices (whether they are at an office or tucked away in our home). How? By stealing the ideas from workspaces that inspire.

Plants. Plants. Plants.
Outdoor enthusiasts know that familiar surge of creativity you feel while enjoying being out in nature. While it'd be great to always be able to escape to a hike anytime your creativity's blocked, that's not always possible. The second best option is filling your workspace with lots of live green things. The example above spotted in Snog Productions' Magical Garden Workspace.

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Cleanly display images that inspire you
Like the two images above (spotted on Design*Sponge), to keep inspiration churning non-stop, it helps to have a steady stream of inspiring visuals (that aren't found on your computer screen or Pinterest board). These analog reminders of things that you find creative will be even more effective if you keep your collection orderly (but I've got a soft-spot for messy bulletin boards, too).

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Add soft textiles to take the edge off of low-creativity days
Add a colorful, textured, patterned or super soft floor covering, throw in some curtains and incorporate some pillows or throws. Why? Having these soft textures surrounding you might stir some creative energies when you're giving your eyes a rest from the computer screen, as well as wrapping you in a safe, visual security blanket. As spotted on Yellow Trace.

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Lean art for maximum flexibility
There's something about the brightly colored low art leaning against the wall around the perimeter of these rooms. It makes the space feel less permanent — not so set in stone. Like you could up and move any of these pieces of art at your whim if you wanted. As spotted in MSGM Fashion Headquarters by Fabio Ferrillo of OFFARCH via Yellowtrace.

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Don't be too afraid of clutter and collectables
A clean, orderly work area is just the thing for some folks to get a surge in creative productivity. But for others, a little clutter to ponder over now and then is what's needed when there are lulls in creativity. A good balance spotted in The Home & Studio of Red Camper.

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Make sure your furry pals have a place
Laughing with a furry friend is one of the easiest ways to let off some steam and get your blood pressure down. And you know what the result of that is? A relaxed mind more able to come up with creative ideas. This cute pup's spot found in Knoed Creative's Sunny & Cool Workspace.

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Display your creative accomplishments
No, it's not bragging to surround yourself with the things you make. It's a reminder when you're feeling like you'll never come up with a good idea again. Done tastefully The Studio of Comma Workshop.

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Don't be afraid to include things that don't normally go in workspaces
Elaborate and huge chandelier? Vintage pommel horse? There are a lot of kooky things to see in Natural Curiosities' Endlessly Inventive Offices, but that's just what makes this workspace so creativity-inducing; you never know what surprises might spark something!

(Image credits: Marcia Prentice; Project by Cecilies Lykke via Design*Sponge; Nicole Hill Gerulat's home office via Design*Sponge; Courtesy of Designliga via Yellow Trace; Fabio Ferrillo of OFFARCH via Yellowtrace; Kathryn Bacalis; Alexis Buryk; Abby Stone)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.