Dreaming of a serene and tranquil home design?
Be inspired by our tips for a perfect zen style interior design
Are you still dreaming about the rustic chic atmospheres of the Modern Tuscan décor and indulging in the sweet Italian countryside landscapes? Well – be prepared because today we are going to radically turn the page to embrace much more minimal and essential environments.
To do that, empty your mind, take a deep breath and imagine a grounding domestic space where structural, design and décor elements merge cohesively in an extremely balanced and harmonious way, producing an overall effect of simplicity and quietness.
If you have liked the Holistic as well as the Japandi trend, no doubt you are going to love the Zen inspired décor style, an aesthetic that points at enhancing your living spaces by showcasing purity and minimalism while using the benefits of holistic natural elements. And be careful with the common stereotypes such as trickling water features, bamboo shoots and sand gardens because Zen décor is much more than that!
Scroll down to discover amazing Zen-inspired home décors that will help you to escape the chaos of the outside world recreating a calming and relaxing domestic environment you will simply love!
First of all: what is Zen?
In Japanese, the word “Zen” basically means meditation – although the original concept is believed to come from India to eventually make its way to China and then to Japan, where it actually derives its name from.
A Zen inspired interior is neat and simplified and uses abundantly natural materials and colors, as well as natural light to let in a sense of calmness and quietness.
Although there are no strict rules to follow in a Zen inspired décor – which embraces rather a general idea of simplicity and insightfulness – a few basic principles could be traced. Let’s see in detail!
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Less is more
Always keep in mind this guiding mantra when approaching a Zen inspired décor. Avoid clusters of decorations, such as gallery-style displays of artworks that can quickly make a space feel cluttered and chaotic. The same applies for ornaments and other items that have a tendency to accumulate, like magazines and books.
A Zen home is all about stripping all these kinds of redundant things away and being thoughtful about what you bring into your space!
Simplicity and neat lines
Zen interiors avoid showcasing excess design elements and complicated lines by opting instead for neat and defined lines that match perfectly the overall environment and that focus on sleek comfort. Whether it is the bed in the bedroom or the couch in the living room, always privilege simple pieces of furniture that integrate well with the overall theme of the space by using similar colors’ schemes or materials.
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To contrast over-exposure to the bright fluorescents and blue lights from computers and screens as well as a harsh use of overhead lights, Zen design relies mostly on natural daylight as well as on dim lights to create a feeling of relaxation: floor lamps, scented candles, indirect lights and lights that mimic sunlight are all perfect in that and they will help you reveal the real subtle colors of your space in a very soft and harmonious way.
The overall effect is of pure coziness and comfort!
Materials and colors
Natural materials and warm neutral colors have their unique way to inspire calmness and purity, so nothing better than leaning in those beautiful warm textures and shades to find inner peace.
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Plants and greeneries cannot just miss in a Zen inspired home because besides inspiring calm and happiness, they can be an extremely nice focal point in any environment, especially in minimal-style rooms. Plus, they are natural air purifiers so….what could you ask more ?
Focus on the bathroom
Among all the domestic environments to focus on to recreate a Zen atmosphere, bathrooms should be a priority since they are the central place where to cleanse, regenerate and relax your mind. In a Zen inspired bathroom, neutral colors like monochrome (black and white), gray and brown earth tones predominate as well as natural stone, wood and clean lines. What do you think of the final result?
Inspiring, right? And I am sure you already feel more Zen and relaxed.
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