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Bringing Zen principles and philosophy into your interior decorating plan is all about creating balance and relaxation within your home. From what to look for, what to feature and how to choose, we have a quick guide to becoming a Zen interior Master!
In ancient Buddhist tradition, there exists the concept of perfect equanimity and balance, a state of peace and awareness that is both minutely self-aware and yet conscious of our place in the universe. This is called Dhyāna in Sanskrit, Chán in Chinese and Zen in Japanese.
When we refer to Zen concepts in interior design terms, we are talking about bringing these elements of clarity, mindfulness and peace into a living space. Often the term has come to imply clean lines, simple furniture and plain décor, but creating balance rather than Spartan minimalism is key to making your home both welcoming and a sanctuary. When done well, a Zen interior design aesthetic is about letting the space breathe and allowing for positivity and energy to flow freely through your home.
While a certain amount of austerity is expected in Zen interiors the focus should be more on creating harmony; simplicity and tranquillity should be at the forefront of the design concept rather than cold severity. This balance is usually achieved by drawing on nature, and nature-inspired, harmonious tones and textures. A key aspect of Zen decorating is layering similar tones and shapes to create depth and interest, while keeping the overall effect modest and clean.
Another key aspect of Zen design is that simple clear lines are the norm across various elements of the design and décor. Excessive design elements, flourishes or complicated curlicules are avoided, instead giving way to sleek curves or pure straight lines. Furniture is pared down and is often the focal point of a room. Décor pieces are selected to integrate well with all other elements of the room rather than to contrast or call individual attention. For example, if your floors are in a neutral bamboo tone, a bamboo motif might repeat through soft furnishings or in colours throughout the room.
Perhaps the most attractive quality of zen concept interior design, especially in today’s stressful reality, is the promise of relaxation and sanctuary. Having a simplified and clutter-free home and restful atmosphere will help create a happier mindset at the end of a messy and chaotic day. Remember the KonMari teaching that if it does not “spark joy”, it probably need not be in your Zen home. And while the initial process of decluttering might seem daunting at first, the new uncomplicated nature of your space can actually make tidiness easier to maintain in the long run.
Straightforward and uncomplicated, Zen style interior design is also ideal for smaller homes or houses with an open plan interior as the flow and order will serve to make your home seem both airier and more cohesive.
As with any other interior design style, keep the structural realities of your home in mind while you plan your décor and finishings. And working with the framework of your space, these are a few key areas to concentrate on when planning your Zen interior design inspired home.
Having discussed all of the rules to creating a Zen home we should also point out that the objective of the Zen ethos is to focus on achieving tranquillity and awareness for the individual, rather than to follow specific design trends. Therefore, your personal tastes and the spatial needs of your home will play a large part in the final look and theme.
For instance, not everyone will have the luxury of choosing flooring that is real stone or natural wood. If you are trying to achieve your Zen interior design on a budget or perhaps even in a rented home, invest in a thick cotton or woven reed area rug for a similar barefoot-friendly flooring effect.
Translucent paper shades and warm white bulbs can change even apartment lighting into serene ambient light. And, as discussed above, natural fabric curtains of the appropriate weight can change the whole atmosphere of your home.
Or maybe you are only looking at converting a single space into a quiet retreat for contemplation. Some smart Zen bedroom ideas are to choose a low set bed as the centrepiece of your room and to flank it with soft focused lamps. You can make a meditation nook separated from the rest of the room with a simple screen or room divider. Indulge yourself with a woollen throw and add oxygen into the environment with potted plants.
So now that we’ve demystified zen design and how to achieve it, we hope you’re inspired to put your ideas into practice!
If you still have questions or are just yearning to introduce a touch of peace and serenity into your home, then why not get in touch with our team? Here at Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints, we’ll partner with you to make sure you’re getting a Zen inspired home that’s not only beautifully planned but accomplished masterfully! Whether it’s assisting you with flawless installation and all the design decisions, or helping you to source the latest fittings, home accessories and décor styles from our curated collection, we’re here for you, every step of the way.
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