If you want that calm, zen look within you home, follow these easy steps to a better living space, free of negative energy – full of life.
A zen inspired design has to have natural (peaceful looking) colours in soft tones, such as white, grey, shades of beige or even a pink beige. This is because they have the power to induce a sense of relaxation and calmness. There must be a common harmony between the various elements in the room, as well as the visual continuity between walls, furniture, and floors.
You will always want to have a ‘dominant’ colour, with matching objects and textured textiles such as white with moleskin or beige with rosewood. To create more of a diverse look, mix two matching colours or play with degrades of your favorite colour.
Soft Floor, Happy Feet
Wood flooring works very well for this theme because it comes in all natural whites, pale greyish colours and of course, all the shades of brown you could wish for.
Light, Easy Fabrics
Fabrics should keep to the natural, light and comfortable rule. One of the most important elements of your zen décor are the curtains which will provide a sense of intimacy, while also reducing noise and blocking up any draughts. Why not give them a special treatment and go for natural materials, such as linen, wool or bunting wool. (Ensuring that match with the rest of the room.)
Play Around With Soft Lighting
For a truly relaxing space, replace any harsh florescent lights that you may already have with calming, natural-inspired lights or candle lights. (There are many sites like www.mylightingsource.com to find what you need.) Place different sources of light which will give you the control to either intensify or dim the light.
Keep The Furniture Simple
Zen style furniture is distinguished by simple and clear lines, avoiding any complicated detail and patterns. The furniture should be of the best quality and made out of natural materials, as these bring a sense of warmth and relaxation. Storage pieces such as closets, cupboards, and chests of drawers may be of colour as long as it keeps in line with everything else.
Don’t Go Crazy With Decorations Or Ornaments
For wall decorations, you should keep the keyword in mind, which is simplicity. Don’t bring in collections of paintings or photos. Put out only the things that are truly dear to you.
Enhance The Space With Natural Scents
Beeswax candles, essential oils, and a homemade linen spray are all natural ways to enhance your room with fresh scents. Not only are they calming when it’s time to drift off to sleep, but also revitalising when it’s time to wake up.
Welcome The Nature
Plants have a calming effect from their soothing green colours, and also by providing us with oxygen. However, try and avoid flowers which need a lot of maintenance or may give off disturbing scents. For example, bonsai trees or hanging terrariums make a wonderful choice and are known to be included in zen décor.