This up to date play on zen styles out each simplistic element.
A Zen-inspired home is all about creating a union between the outdoors and indoors. Be on the lookout for furnishings and items that are comprised of natural materials; wood, bamboo, and sea-grass. Ultimately Zen home decor helps you create a peaceful space that you will love to enjoy and that gives you the perfect excuse to relax. Keep in mind that Zen interior design is bound to the simplicity of minimal display of items. Good storage will help you clear your clutter so that beautiful, open, free spaces are formed.
This contemporary Japanese platform bed includes low slung bedside tables.
This highly contemporary straight edged bath tub harks at the minimalistic lines of zen influence.
Electronic devices are most often a source of distraction and therefore do not integrate in a fully zen decor. However, if you need to have your TV set in the bedroom for instance, make sure you place it in a discrete area or hide it in a specially designed cupboard. As well, make sure you hide all wires and cables that could distort the serene atmosphere of the entire setting.
A low Japanese style platform bed is the obvious winner for a zen bedroom scheme.
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Paper paneled doors never fail to evoke an oriental look, install in doubles for balance.
This Japanese inspired bed incorporates an eye-catching illuminated platform, but the room is still based on a zen theory of clean lines and warm natural hues.
Floor cushions around a low table are an easy way to create an oriental dining zone, along with high contrast dark wood against a soothing warm cream backdrop.
The preferable type of flooring material would be a hard surface, therefore, timber flooring, bamboo, stone, polished concrete, porcelain tile and slate are all fabulous options. You could select a plush, flat carpet however, be sure that it is devoid of pattern, no fuss.
An interior zen courtyard is an amazing solution if space allows.
For a more elaborate ambiance, associate them with blinds that modulate light to obtain a different atmosphere. Pay special attention to the fixation systems, as it would be a pity to fix beautiful curtains on poor or non-matching rods.
Try to keep your walls bare, or show artwork that has been well placed in synchronization with your space. Flat, smooth paint finished walls look great. It is also possible to select a wallpaper however, this kind of feature would have to be an addition to the tranquility of your room so be careful to select the most agreeable type. You could add a few fabulous, large sized plants into these spaces to add a touch of life and warmth to your design.
As these erratic and stressful times make it increasingly difficult to find tranquility and relaxation in our lives, one of the few options left is to create a peace haven in the comfort of our own home. This is the reason why zen principles applied in interior design have increased in popularity and become a trend of modern days. But what does zen actually mean? In Japanese, Zen refers to meditation. In interior design, it reflects balance, harmony and relaxation.
For a fully relaxing space, replace harsh florescent lights with calming, nature-inspired or candle lights. Place different sources of light which will allow you to control the intensity and the areas to be lighted. Avoid projecting a strong direct light from the ceiling and take advantage of all possibilities to mix a floor lamp, a lamp set and indirect light.
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Fabrics should stick to the same rule of natural, light and comfortable. One of the essential elements of your zen décor are the curtains which provide a sensation of intimacy, while reducing noise and blocking air draughts. Give them a special treatment and go for natural textiles, such as linen, wool or bunting wool and match them with the rest of the room.
Try to keep you lighting set to a mid to low level. This will enhance the mood and relaxing atmosphere of your Zen interior design. Diffused lighting, LED strip and concealed lighting would be beneficial components of your design.
These floor level seats are smoothly carved from a single piece of wood.
Minimalistic lines are the obvious influence of traditional Japanese interiors on contemporary spaces.
This is a bold way to bring nature into a scheme with a look of permanence and stability rather than in a moveable pot.
Fresh flowers look great in a Zen room and are the simplest way to bring nature into your home. Place candles around your room and light them in during the evenings to create a feeling of comfort and instill calm to your environment.
A zen inspired design is all about natural colours, in soft tones, such as white, grey, shades of beige or pink beige, which have the power to induce a sense of relaxation and calmness. Chromatic harmony between the various elements is very important, as well as the visual continuity between walls, furniture and floors.
Zen style furniture is characterized by simple and clear lines, avoiding complicated detail and excess ornamentation. The furniture should be high quality and made of natural materials as these bring a sense of warmth and relaxation. Storage pieces (closets, cupboards, chests of drawers) may be brought to life if painted in colours matching the rest of the interior. As the bedroom is usually the key room of a zen interior, here are some special recommendations for bedroom furniture:
For wall decorations there is the same word of order: simplicity. Avoid collections of paintings or photos and keep only those that are especially dear to you. For a fully harmonious and playful library, cover all your books in monochrome paper.
A sunken bath tub takes the minimalistic zen look a step further.
Ideally, a zen room would be free from peace disturbing electronic devices.
Our homes should be the place where we feel most calm and peace, and what better style to promote these feelings of serenity than a zen inspired space, like those featured in our Japanese Zen Gardens post and our look at Japanese Style Interior Design. In this post we’re focussing not only on traditional Japanese zen, but also on its modern adaptations.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on infusing your home with Zen design, we have put together a collection for you that will get your creative juices flowing. Zen design will give you your space a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, which is exactly what you want went you come home from a stressful day at work and need to unwind. Zen design ideas have been inspired from Japanese interiors, minimalistic interior design and ancient traditions. Here are some tips to achieve a Zen look in your home. First, you need to select a color palette for your space, try looking to nature to get some ideas. Hues such as off white, beige, sand, tan, warm brown, burnt orange, amber, soft gray, slate, leafy green, jade, cool blue, navy blue, denim blue, mauve. Don’t be afraid to add color to your space, anything can work; it is just a matter of pulling it all together to create a cohesive look. Earthy colors help with relaxation and can uplift your spirits and transport your thought to a peaceful state which can contribute to a deeper imagination and enhanced creativity.
Accessorize your space with one or two Asian statues or deities, great leafy plants housed in stunning pots and simple artwork.
A homemade linen spray, soy or beeswax candles, and essential oils are all natural ways to enhance your room with fresh scents, which can not only be calming when it’s time to sleep, but also invigorating when it’s time to wake.
In order to add contour to a monochrome room, you may always choose to combine a dominant colour with matching objects and textured textiles such as white with moleskin or beige with rosewood. To create diversity combine two matching colours or play with degrades of your favorite colour.
Paper lanterns are a pretty and cost effective way to light a zen scheme.
This modern bedroom translates the simplistic lines and warm natural palette of a traditionally zen space.
Keep accessories and tchotchkes to a minimum or eliminate them altogether, as clutter can inhibit relaxation. Clear your room of as many items as possible and keep only the essentials, but feel free to add whatever may bring you extra comfort.
Parquet is always a safe choice, as well as any massive wooden flooring. White, greyish or any light coloured parquets are especially refined but you can also choose coloured parquet provided it matches the rest of the room.
Plants have a calming effect through their soothing green colors and by providing oxygen. However, avoid flowers which need special maintenance or may emanate disturbing scents. Bonsai trees or hanging terrariums, for example, make a good choice and are often included in zen décor.
For the bed area, wall-mounted reading lights are very practical as they can be oriented to emphasize the respective area, unlike bedside lamps which are rarely flexible. If you like diffused light, you may opt for some nice (scented) candles.
Resin floor finishing can also be extremely comfortable for a modern or loft atmosphere. Wool carpets provide a real sense of comfort but require a higher level of maintenance. However, if you choose a carpet, you may refine your zen décor and reinforce the cocooning sensation of the room by associating several carpets made of wool or pure cotton. Again, pay attention that the carpets’ colour should match the floor or stay in the range of moleskin, khaki and grey.
The image of this bathroom shows how well balanced a Zen designed should be. Symmetry is often used to create a Zen styled harmonious space.
Although zen is not a proper design style and does not come with a book of strict rules, it is often associated with minimalism, simplicity and purity of lines. It is rather a way of arranging your home and creating an atmosphere that offsets the stress and hassle of your daily routine. Fancy achieving that in your own home? Consider these 10 simple steps to turn your home totally zen.
This example of slightly elevated low seating would prove easier on the knees and back than floor cushions. The shelving that overlaps the edges of the wall column in this design are slightly reminiscent of the silhouette of a Japanese pagoda.
If you don’t have an outdoor garden, you could always incorporate the zen garden ideal within your interior room, using twisted trees and pebbles.