Creative Basement Studio

by Jane VanOsdol on September 16, 2011

Carving out a home office or studio space in your house can be a bit of a challenge, but if you’re lucky enough to have basement space available, then your problem could be solved.  With the right choice of colors, furniture and accessories, you could be well on your way to that creative space you’ve been dreaming about.


Your first step will be to figure out how you want to lay out the basement space you have.  Will a U-shaped configuration work for you, or do you have a small galley-shaped space to work with? What kind of cupboards, desk space and countertop space do you need to make the workspace functional for you? Once you’ve figured out your layout, you can start to think about the color.


You don’t want your studio or office to feel like a forced confinement in the dungeon, so take advantage of any natural lighting you have and then enhance that by painting your space with cheery colors such as yellow and orange. Both of these colors are bright and energizing—perfect for your workspace and for inspiring your creative juices. If you’d like, you can even add in a splash of raspberry on a wall and in the accessories too. Before painting make sure you have addressed any issues with basement waterproofing. You want to be sure your walls do not have any moisture issues.


You’ll also want to decide how to organize your workspace. If you want your space to be a traditional office space, then you’ll probably put most of your office supplies in storage out of sight. However, if you’re a crafter, you may want to store many of your items within sight and easy reach. Try hanging rods and racks on the walls and then use baskets, glass containers, canisters and magnet strips to hold your supplies. Don’t overlook kitchen organizational containers, such as glass spice jars. They make perfect containers for beads and other small supplies. Use what works for you and be creative in how you arrange things. If you need lots of room to spread out your materials while you’re creating, you may even want to turn have a professional make you a wall-length table for pictures, fabric swatches, material samples, so they’re all within instant reach and sight.


Choose the right lighting so that you can see what you’re doing. Think of pendant lighting, task lighting, desk lights and overhead lighting to be sure you get the right mix of what will work for you. Recessed can lighting is a great choice for basement lighting too.

Ultimately, a creative basement studio can be the answer to your work and design needs. Make use of the space in your own waterproof basement, and you’ll be on your way to building a productive, beautiful workspace.

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