How the Environment Impacts Creative Thinking 

Do you know what makes you more creative on some days as opposed to other days? Actually this can be difficult to determine. One day you may find you are more creative when working in a cooler office and the next day low lighting seems to work best.

It has been shown that your surroundings do have a large impact on your creativity levels.

Noise Levels

While you may think that working in silence is better, it is not. If the area where you are working is too loud or too quiet your creativity can suffer. Instead you need ambient noise levels to help you become more creative and productive.


It has also been shown that dim lighting is best suited for creativity. Apparently low lighting levels make you feel more free and helps reduce those stressful feelings. This is because researches have determined that darker lighting makes you feel free. Try this out by sitting in a darkened room for five minutes. See if your thoughts and feelings change.

Colors Matter

The best colors for improving your creativity are blue and green. Just taking the time to look at a photo of blue sky and green grass, for example, can help stimulate your creativity. If you need to get into lots of detail with a project then having some red surrounding will help.

You don’t have to be constantly surrounded by these colors. Apparently just having some glimpses of them is more than enough.

A Cluttered Room

Working in a messy or cluttered room can actually help you become more creative. This may be really surprising as most people think having a neat workplace would be the best option here.

It is thought that the clutter in the room draws your attention to new details that you may not have noticed before. In turn this stimulates your creative juices.


This one may not be as surprising to you. When you travel to new destinations your brain is experiencing many things for the first time. When you travel to a new country this really has a big impact on your creativity process. You are living in a different culture with new foods and traditions that you have never come across before.

If you feel that your creative juices are lacking why not try one of the items from above to increase them. You never know what sparks of ideas and ambitions you suddenly become empowered with.