Given how difficult it is to find peace and relaxation in our lives in these chaotic and stressful times, one of the few options left is to establish a peace haven in the comfort of our own homes. This is why the use of zen concepts in interior design has grown in popularity and become a modern-day trend. But, exactly, what does zen imply?
Zen is a Japanese word that means “meditation.” Zen is generally linked with minimalism, simplicity, and purity of lines in interior design, despite the fact that it is not a specific design style or that it comes with a book of rigorous rules. It’s more of a method of arranging your home and creating an ambience that helps you relax and unwind from your daily grind. Would you like to do it at your own home? Consider taking these ten easy measures to make your home completely zen.
1. Choose earthy tones.
Natural colors in gentle tones, such as white, grey, hues of beige, or pink beige, are used in zen inspired designs to generate a sensation of relaxation and peace. The visual continuity between walls, furniture, and floors, as well as the chromatic harmony between the various elements, are very important.
To add contour to a monochrome room, you can always choose to combine a dominant color with matching objects and textured textiles, such as white with moleskin or beige with rosewood. Combine two complementary colors or experiment with shades of your favorite color to generate variety.
2. Softness should be placed at your feet.
Any big timber flooring, such as parquet, is always a secure bet. But you may choose any color parquet as long as it complements the rest of the space. Resin floor finishing can also be incredibly pleasant in a modern or loft setting.
Wool carpets are extremely comfortable, but they require more maintenance. If you choose a carpet, however, you can enhance your zen décor and emphasize the cocooning sensation of the area by grouping numerous wool or pure cotton rugs together. Keep in mind that the carpet color should either match the floor or be in the moleskin, khaki, or grey spectrum.
3. Fabrics that are natural and light are ideal.
The same rule should apply to fabrics: natural, light, and comfy. The curtains, which offer a sense of intimacy while minimizing noise and eliminating air draughts, are an important part of your zen décor. Give them a unique treatment by selecting natural materials like as linen, wool, or bunting wool and matching them to the rest of the space. For a more complex ambiance, pair them with light-modulating shades. Pay great attention to the curtain hanging systems, as it would be a shame to hang lovely curtains on shoddy or mismatched rods.
4. Use gentle, natural light to your advantage.
Replace harsh fluorescent lights with peaceful, nature-inspired or candle lights for a completely relaxing environment. Place various light sources so that you can regulate the intensity and the areas that will be illuminated. Avoid using a strong direct light from the ceiling and instead combine a floor lamp, a lamp set, and indirect light.
For the bed area, wall-mounted reading lights are very useful since they can be positioned to emphasize the appropriate area, unlike bedside lamps, which are rarely adjustable. If you prefer diffused light, some excellent (scented) candles would be a good choice.
5. Furniture should be simple and natural.
Simple and straightforward lines characterize Zen style furniture, which avoids intricate detail and excessive adornment. The furniture should be of good quality and made of natural materials to provide a sense of coziness and relaxation. Closets, cupboards, and chests of drawers can be brought to life by painting them in colors that complement the rest of the room. Because the bedroom is usually the focal point of a zen decor, here are some specific furniture suggestions:
• Avoid situating the bed in front of a door or a passage area, and keep it close to a source of natural light. The height of the bed should be one that you are comfortable with, however high beds (above 55 cm) tend to heighten the feeling of comfort. Headboards might be upholstered, leather, or patchworked.
• Keep your bed decorations simple: utilize mohair, wool, or fleeced covers or throws, and don’t go overboard with the pillows. Instead, choose for a variety of pillow sizes and pillowcases that you may arrange for sleeping or reading.
• Nightstands are a practical and attractive addition to any room. Again, find elements that blend in well with the overall design.
• Choose a simple armchair for a reading corner and pay attention to the furniture’s modest lines.
6. Keep the number of ornaments and decorations to a bare minimum.
The same word of order applies to wall decorations: simplicity. Avoid amassing collections of artworks or photographs, and only keep those that are particularly meaningful to you. Cover all of your books in monochrome paper for a completely harmonious and entertaining library.
7. Natural scents will freshen up your space.
Natural options to enrich your room with fresh aromas include a handmade linen spray, soy or beeswax candles, and essential oils, which may be comforting when it’s time to sleep and invigorating when it’s time to wake.
8. Remove any electronic distractions.
Electronic devices are frequently a source of distraction and hence do not fit into a truly zen environment. If you must have your television in your bedroom; for example, make sure it is placed in a discreet area or hidden in a carefully made cupboard. Also, make sure that any wires or cords; that could detract from the tranquil ambience of the entire scene are hidden.
9. With green plants, you can bring in a sense of serenity.
Plants have a relaxing impact because of their soothing green tones and the oxygen they provide. However, stay away from flowers that require particular care or have unpleasant odors. Bonsai trees or hanging terrariums; for example, are excellent choices and are frequently used in zen decor.
10. Get rid of the mess.
Clutter can make it difficult to relax, so keep accessories and tchotchkes to a minimal or remove them entirely. Remove as many objects as possible from your room and maintain only the essentials, but feel free to add anything that will provide you with more comfort.