In the day and age of freelancing, start-ups and working-from-home, more and more of us are finding the need to have a dedicated workspace within our homes. Sometimes it’s as simple as a desk set up in a bedroom. And other times, it’s a small extra room, a terrace space, or a basement converted entirely into a studio space. However it’s done, a workspace is created to enter a different frame of mind – one geared towards creation, inspiration and concentrated work.

Here are two spaces we loved, reflecting two contrasting styles towards workspace décor:

Freelance content writer, artist and musician, Mana Santhanam, wanted a space dedicated to her work. “There isn’t really any logic to it,” she says, “I just wanted a space for my writing, art, music and books.”

The room is small but warm and cozy, filled with colour and inspiration. A desk is set up with a Mac and an iPad in front of large, office chair – comfortable seating for those long hours in front of a screen. Behind her is a large writing pad of plain paper with mind maps and ideas for upcoming projects.

Next to her desk is a shelf filled with art supplies – paints, brushes, markers galore making for a colourful corner in the workspace. In a small niche on the other side of this small room, Mana has set up her guitar and keyboard with two single bookshelves above. A hollowed out bench doubles up as a second bookshelf, also filled to the brim with books.

A self proclaimed hoarder, Mana admits that she has a hard time throwing things away and sure enough, her bulletin boards and walls are filled with posters, photos of family and friends, notes and letters and keepsakes. “This is where I think and create and these creative influences help me. I like to fill this space with my books, my friends and things that inspire me!”

In stark contrast, illustrator and musician, Manek D’Silva’s workspace set up is in a big room on the terrace, characterized by clean lines, open spaces and clear surfaces. Manek says he likes to keep his office free of clutter. “Instead of having my inspirations all around me, I have them in books. I bring different things up here on different days depending on what I’m working on.”

On the end of this square room Manek has set up his computers and a simple bookshelf, in front of a large window opening into the terrace. This allows the room to be well lit and brightened up by the sight of greenery just outside. On another wall is a large whiteboard that Manek uses to experiment with different kinds of typography alongside a massive world map and a framed poster saying “Do Epic Shit” – a phrase perfectly summing up Manek’s attitude towards life.

Next to a bright blue door that leads in to the workspace is another table, for smaller projects. A string of fairy lights is casually draped over a typography poster and some basic workout equipment is stashed underneath.

Little knick-knacks sit along the windowsill – a picture frame, a Rubik’s cube, a clay elephant – but broadly, the room is spacious and empty; a style that Manek says allows him to think clearly while creating.

What is your workspace like? What styles do you find most conducive to your work? Share you pictures and stories with us and watch this space for more!