Top tips for creating your own art studio at home

If you have recently started creating your own art, you may currently have a little corner spot where you paint, draw, or sculpt, instead of a designated art studio. Perhaps just haven’t gotten round to creating one, or you have struggled to find art room ideas that appeal to you.

We’ve listed our best tips to transform your uninspiring spare room into a beautiful home art studio you’ll cherish forevermore. If you’re wondering “what is an art studio?” and how you can build one yourself in the comfort of your own home, simply read on. A world of opportunity awaits!

Consider the lighting  

When it comes to your art studio, lighting is everything. Being able to see the true colour of the paints you are mixing or exactly how the shaded tones you are creating with different pencils is looking on paper is so important. For this reason, you will need the natural, outdoor light to pour in through the windows as much as possible, so choose a room in your home that gets a lot of sun.

Add lighting that will improve your designs

As you know, you can’t predict the natural lighting and how it will change day-to-day, but you can control the lighting you introduce to your art studio. It may also be that you prefer working on your art in the evening, when there isn’t any natural light to work by. Adding bright lighting will be beneficial to the illustration art pieces you’ll be crafting while spending time in this new area of your home.

You also need to ensure the lights are positioned correctly to avoid glare and prevent shadows from projecting onto your blank canvas. Assess whether you will be working standing upright using an easel in your art room at home, or sitting down at a desk.

It is how and where in the room you produce your artwork that will impact how well you can see what you’re creating, and therefore the positioning of your studio lights, so bear this in mind. For instance, installing two LED panels on either side of your desk will help if your artwork will be made sitting down, but not if you’re standing using an easel to paint.

Art studio design: Make this space welcoming

Your home art studio doesn’t need to be as beautiful as what you’ll be making in it, but you do want to make sure it’s an area you look forward to working in. Simple décor additions, such as painting the walls bright colours that will motivate you each day, and adding shelves to keep your favourite utensils in full view, will truly make a difference. You could even stand some of your existing artwork on your new shelves. Either way, making this area of your living space bespoke and suitably ‘you’ is part of the excitement of having it to begin with.

Change your flooring accordingly

If your soon-to-be art studio currently has carpets, it’s best to remove them and replace them with rustic wooden flooring instead, or varnish the existing floorboards during the carpet removal process. Of course, this isn’t always possible – in which case you’ll need to forget any ideas of having a pristine carpet in your new studio.

Even if you draw or generate photography prints rather than paint, it’s always best to have an art space that leaves room for mistakes and imperfections, such as spillages. You want to have the freedom to create your art, so allow yourself that benefit. Cleaning up after you’ve produced a great piece of art will also be much simpler with wooden flooring.

Invest in suitable storage to stay organised

Inspiration stems from organisation; if your art studio is filled with clutter and you can’t locate the paintbrushes you need to begin your masterpiece, you’re going to struggle. When you approach art, you need a clear head and a clear space; that’s why investing in the right art room storage is crucial.

The best art studio storage ideas 

Vertical storage is ideal for your home art studio because it suits a range of spaces, even if yours is smaller in size. Choosing height over width for your storage furniture is best, as it frees up the space needed for a wider desk or your easel to stand when you’re painting, for example. After all, you can’t physically add room, but you can work with the space you have in your studio to make the most out of it.

Another great space saving solution is to hang the containers for your art brushes, pencils, and pens on your walls. Simply fix a metal pole to the wall and add hooks; this allows you to use every inch of the room’s space while prioritising the bulk of the room for the actual process of creating art. Otherwise, place art room storage containers on the desk you’ll be working from, so you have everything to hand, and all in one set area.

How to build a children’s art room

As well as introducing your own art studio, your child may be interested in having a similar space to paint or draw in. If this is the case, it’s time to start making a fun kid’s art room for them to explore their imagination in.

Choose a space that appeals to them

An unused room may be desirable to you for your home art studio, but it might not be for your little one(s). They will want to paint all afternoon in a space that’s familiar and comfortable for them, and is still within close proximity to you.

Plus, a kid’s art room sounds all good and well, but you may not have the space for it. That’s why the kitchen or living room is a great place to start, depending on the type of art they will be designing of course. Provide them with a focused spot to work their magic in, such as a little corner of the kitchen or dining area that is dedicated to their art journey.

Fix them up with the right equipment

Simply add a table or desk, or set up an easel for your child(ren) to work from. Make sure you also add a storage cabinet nearby for them to keep all of their art materials in.

You could either opt for a practical option such as a large plastic box, or a more aesthetic option, such as wicker baskets matching the rest of your décor, for them to store their brushes in. You could even add a corkboard to the room you’ve decided on, where they can hang their proudly-made designs.

Create an art studio yourself

With everything you have learnt, now you can begin transforming a room into your very own home art studio. Let the preparation, organization and decoration begin and then enjoy your newfound creative freedom in a space that lets you be at one with your art.

All that’s needed next is to hang some prints on your studio walls to uplift the décor and provide you with inspiration, which you can do with ease by browsing our excellent range of artwork. Then, read our other insightful articles on our blog and discover articles on how to make a gallery wall and much more.