Living in today’s modern society can be quite stressful and overwhelming at times. Leading a fast-paced life doesn’t leave too much room for relaxation and coming home to a cluttered mess doesn’t help either. A research done by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) shows that messy environments cause stress and deeply affect our mood and self-esteem.
In order to avoid that, turn to the zen-inspired style of interior design which promotes minimalism, clean and simple lines making your home a reflection of balance, harmony, and peacefulness.
So without further ado, here are a few simple ideas that will help transform your living space into a zen paradise.
Create a clutter-free environment
Are you familiar with the phrase ‘less is more’? If you’re not, remember it well because it will become your zen mantra. In order to create a clean and open space you need to get rid of all the unnecessary junk which was piling up over the years. Keep only the things you love and throw away the rest. The most important thing here is to do it all at once, rather than let it drag out over time. That way, you’ll have an instant sense of peace and serenity in your home.
Use mild natural colors
When it comes to choosing the right color palette for your Zen-inspired home, there is nothing better than soft natural tones such as beige, gray, pink and white. A clean base will help open up space, making it seem bright and soothing. The end goal is to bring all the elements of the room together by creating a continuous line between walls, floor and furniture. If you’re going for that clean monochromatic look choose one color which will set the tone of the room and match everything else to it or combine two similar tones if you want to diversify a bit.
Use natural materials
If you choose the minimalistic approach to decorating, there’s a chance you end up with a sterile-like environment which is not something you want for your home. In order to ensure that true feeling of zen, opt for natural materials such as wood, clay, cork, and marble which give the sense of warmth and coziness. The same principle applies to the textiles you use, the more natural the better. Linen and wool are definitely your go-to materials especially when it comes to some of the essential elements of the room like curtains and rugs.
Zen style furniture
When it comes to furniture, look for clean and simple lines. Nothing to complicated or over the top. If you can afford, invest in high quality natural pieces which dominate the room like closets, drawers or a dining room table. However, your main target should be the bedroom, since it is usually the focal point according to the zen based decorating technique. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes to rearranging and picking out the furniture: Never put your bed next to the door or a walking area, always choose a place close to the natural source of light. Pick a bed according to your own preference just make sure that the headboard’s made out of something natural like wood or leather. Don’t overdo it with the furniture. A nightstand or a reading nook are a great addition as long as they compliment the style.
Zen can work for your garden too
When it comes to creating a Zen-inspired garden it is all about attracting good energy for your home. The best way to do that is by implementing elements which contribute to the sense of peace and relaxation that originate from the nature. Stile your landscape by adding a water feature like a calming outdoor fountain, a rock formation in the form of a gently curving pathway, a sandbox consisted of gravel and various rock sizes and pergolas which will provide a shelter from the elements ensuring your garden stays intact during all times.
Remove all the electronics you don’t need
As much as we need them, electronic devices are the main source of distraction and disturbance which make them unwelcome in your Zen-inspired area. However, if you still plan on keeping some of them, make sure you place each item in a discreet place and hide all the wires and cables which could disrupt the energy flow of the entire place.
In the end, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your surroundings. Coming home to a place filled with good vibrations and positive energy is something you should definitely provide for yourself and your family. Going all zen we can help you with, however the rest is only up to you.
Published by Victoria Lim