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Spring has sprung and your craft space needs to be updated!  Here are some tips to make your space fresh, personalized and fun!

Start with a clean slate.

Remove frames and calendars from the walls, curtains from the windows and every other piece of last season’s decor.  Don’t worry, you can put some items back if they fit into the new and improved space!

Pick your colors!

The tri-color method:   Chose 3 colors.

Color #1:  The main, overall color.  It’s best to chose the color of your walls or floor, and it’s also a good idea to chose a neutral color.  It’s just easiest to match and contrast other colors to.

Color #2:  The mid-color.  This color should be fun and a light to medium tone.  Chose three or four items of this color to add to your space.  They can include things like a piece of fabric, a chair, a throw, curtains, a piece of wall art, a painted shelf or a rug.

Color #3:  The accent color.  This color should be fun, chic and totally your style…in fact, it should be your favorite!  Find decor items like vases, candles, a pillow and a few small wall-art hangings.  Sprinkle your space with style!

Some Tri-Color Examples:

ivory, blue and red

green, orange and ivory

green, violet and yellow

sienna, blue and white

white, green and yellow

Out with the old, in with the cute!

Storage should be functional and chic:

  • Line drawers with fun contact paper or 12×12 scrapbook paper.
  • Trash the wastebasket and use a wicker basket for garbage and recycling instead.
  • Get rid of the shoeboxes and coffee cups, and line clear mason jars on a shelf to hold pencils, buttons,                       paper clips and other little trinkets.
  • Toss a cute tablecloth over storage boxes of supplies you don’t use often.
  • Line cardboard boxes with decorative paper to hold your supplies.  (Almost any cardboard box will do: shoe boxes, cereal boxes, garment boxes, etc.  It’s best to use the same paper to cover all boxes, since it looks more uniform…unless you’re going for a crazy look, in which case go for it!)
  • Replace old dresser handles and light switch covers with new ones that fit your style. (These are pretty cheap at a hardware store or Targ@t!)

The mini-facelift is so easy!

  • Face your desk to a window or the wall if you prefer to work by yourself; face your desk toward the middle of the room if you invite company while you work.
  • Recover your work chair with some chic fabric and a few staples.
  • Replace a dark, heavy lampshade with a lighter one in your colors.
  • Put up cafe curtains in your chosen spring fabric (see my spring cleaning post.)  They will let in tons of light while keeping your space private.
  • Frame your favorite fabrics and decor paper and hang them on the wall in a tight group to make one big art piece!
  • Use a vase to store rulers and other long, narrow supplies.
  • Attach a curtain rod to the wall (at waist to shoulder height) to display and dispense ribbon and rolls of paper.

While you design, remember these key ingredients to a great craft room:

  • Make sure your work space is well lit
  • Too much/too little stimuli can be boring or distracting.
  • Keep 90% of your work surface (table top, desktop, etc.) free of clutter.
  • If you’re in need of furniture or storage and are in a financial pinch, check out an online community that has postings for free stuff. (I just got a great dresser from Craig’sList.)
  • Ask yourself: Does your space look/sound/smell/feel good to you?  (If you need it to taste good, keep a bowl of yummies to satisfy you while you create.)

If you have any tips or comments let us know!  We love to hear from you.

Happy designing!

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