ZEN is a way of life; an intensely personal, minimalist philosophy, which elevates simplicity into an art form. It embodies the use of healthy lighting, natural environmentally-friendly materials, patterns of space and openness, and the rejection of mess and clutter.
Great value is placed on the absence of nonessential items and furnishings to allow an organic flow between the nature and modern civilisation. Through the use of materials, geometry and nature the concept of zen is created. This practice is believed to reduce all elements down to their core essential quality.
The spaces that we chose to spend the most time in, whether that be a yoga studio, an office or your home, should feel calm, safe, relaxing and peaceful. This is why we are progressively witnessing more and more modern adaptations of traditional Japanese zen elements emerging in the latest interior design styles.
Why not promote your feelings of serenity and happiness with a zen inspired space? Find out more about how to create your perfect zen space in the rest of this article!
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This article will cover the following:
- What is zen interior design?
- The 5 ways zen interior design will impact your health
- Healthy air and surroundings
- Soft, calming colours
- Additional extras
What is Zen Interior Design?
Zen interior design reflects a minimalist philosophy that makes full use of natural materials. It also involves the use of different light and space patterns, and at the same time, rejects clutter. Zen homes are designed to be relaxing and they encourage contemplation while also being very appealing and visually well balanced.
One of the first things you do when incorporating Zen interior design to improve your health is remove any obstacles in your home. This does not mean you have to tear down the walls. What it does mean is you should envision your home as being a place that is open and where each room blends in well with the other rooms.
The eyes will be drawn toward empty spaces. Use of bare floors and removal of all ornately decorated door frames are other aspects of Zen interior design.
Vintage materials with an aged patina add richness to a minimalist living area. Use the negative space beneath the furnishings to let energy and light gently move and flow through the space. Why not create space using hanging decoration instead of blocking the floors or walls? Hammocks are the perfect accessory for relaxation or sitting areas instead of large heavy sofas.
Diminish cramped spaces
Zen interior design rejects cramped spaces because they are detrimental to our health. We need to feel a sense freedom, especially within our home. Bare essential furnishings helps keep living spaces from feeling cramped or cluttered, allowing the beauty of natural wood and white elements to reflect and bounce the natural beams of light around. Space needs to be multitasked with use of modern furnishings. For example, carved African stools and potted herb plants help to create a peaceful and healthy interior that balances modern design with natural beauty.
Every item must have its mindful or spiritual purpose. For example, you may decide to choose an ornament which doubles up as a meditation tool. Check out this vintage Tibetan oil burner, the beautifully handcrafted gong or these Tibetan singing bowls.
Of course, you won’t need to live like a buddhist monk. However, you should think about the reason for having each of your furnishings. Do you really need it? Does it create clutter? Can you live without it? Storing busy objects such as your china and cookware in white cabinets that blend in well with white coloured walls, helps to create an ambient and spacious feel.
Create the right ambience
To create a relaxing and healthy atmosphere in your home, you need to incorporate Zen interior design elements in which the right ambience is created instead of simply using a lot of bright lights. Promote a calm, peaceful lifestyle through the use of selecting the most basic essential materials of wood, glass and metal. Check out this very simple wall light.
The lights in your home need to be restful as well as harmonious and this is only possible when you learn to use natural sunlight.
Use of plants and natural wood as well as natural eco-materials all help to create a healthy and relaxing interior. Some people choose to add incense to the interiors while others prefer meditative and calming products that are spread in different parts of the home.
Use natural elements
It is well known that natural elements in your home will make you feel more at peace within yourself. All you need to do is choose natural elements that reflect your lifestyle and which help you connect to your interiors. Check out this rope hanging light for inspiration.
Some of us live in a stressful, hectic and fast-paced environment, especially those in the city. The negative effects of busy lifestyles is made increasingly worse when we put on weight, suffer from bad indigestion and other ailments. Check out this article on health tips and stretches that work to reduce these types of negative effects on the body. It is hard to get rid of stress at work or when commuting, but at home we can incorporate Zen interior design to receive the well-needed relief and relaxation.
The way in which you design your home will have a profound effect on your state of mind. According to research findings, when we add plants to our interiors, we are able to feel calmer because these plants make you feel like you are wandering in the forests. Thus, it pays to invest in low-maintenance plants that not only help to clear the air but also make you feel calmer and more relaxed. Mantras and affirmations can also help to get you in the correct frame of mind for living a more mindful and successful life. Check out a separate blog about this concept here.
5 Ways Zen Interior Design Will Improve Your Health
Yes, that’s right! By now, from reading this article so far, you can clearly understand that the choices you make on how to furnish and decorate your home, will affect your overall wellbeing. It is so important to be mindful about the choices we make which affect our happiness and productivity.
Here is a closer look, delving deeper in to what kinds of health benefits are influenced by incorporating zen interior decor in to your life;
1. Become well organized!
The more cluttered your interiors are, the more stressful you are going to feel. Fixing this is not only very effective, but it is also very easy. Keep in mind that everything in your home has its place and that when you put everything in their place, you are going to feel less stressed and healthier.
Simply spend some minutes of your time carving out a place in your home where you can put things in their proper places. This not only saves you time but it also preserves your sanity. If you have lots of papers that you are not planning on using, then pile them up and put them neatly in a beautiful patterned box. This will not only make your interiors look more attractive, but it also ensures the papers are out of sight.
2. Incorporate the natural environment inside your home
Placing plants in your home can have a very positive effect on your state of mind. It calms you down and you will feel like you are in the middle of a forest where you can relax and feel very calm. This is why you need to invest in plants that do not require a lot of maintenance.
Succulents are an option worth exploring and in addition to the plants, you should think about bring the outside world inside by adding textures that are inspired by nature.
Also, add some soothing patterns to the décor. Plants not only calm you down, but they also help to freshen the atmosphere within your home and they also remove toxins.
3. Use neutral and calming colors
To create a Zen-like atmosphere within your home, you want to choose the right color scheme for your interiors. Cool colors will have the desired effect on your health by making you feel calm and relaxed.
Blue hues are an option worth exploring as too soft and neutral colors.
If you have ever been to a spa to relax, you should have noticed they never use bright primary colors. When choosing colors for your interiors, try to combine different sweet pastels which you can break up with black colored accents that help to create a modern but relaxing feeling.
4. Make your interiors as symmetrical as possible
Finally, you need to create symmetry in your home as this makes your interiors more cohesive. That in turn will improve your state of mind and also your health. Symmetrical interiors are able to bring a sense of balance to your rooms. The more symmetrical your interiors are, the better you will feel knowing that everything in your home is properly balanced.
5. Use the right lighting
People who light up their homes with bright lights often complain that these lights give them a headache. One way to overcome this is by using soft and warm lights.
Don’t be afraid to use minimal loft-style desk lamps or floor lamps. They create simplicity and angular lines amongst the open white space. Also, choose halogen bulbs as they create warm lights that will soothe your nerves, at the same time as being good for the health of our planet. If you want to feel more relaxed, then go with fluorescent lights and use shades that temper or dull the brightness in your home.
Saving the best until last, is my personal favourite: Himalayan salt lamps.
The Himalayan Mountains formed over the course of millions of years where continental collision between the Indo-Australian Plate and Eurasian Plate lifted the sea floor and trapped portions of the ancient oceans within these mountain ranges. As these ancient oceans separate and dried up, they left significant brine deposits that became buried within the Earth. Deep within these numerous pockets laid troves of ancient treasures, the origin for Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamps.
Natural and Unique salt lamps act as an air purifier by emitting a stream of negative ions into the air that binds to positively charged dust particles, bringing it to the ground and leaving the air fresh. Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamps can alleviate stress, increase energy reserves and rejuvenate the individual from head-to-toe. The hollowed-out core houses a low-wattage bulb, steadily exuding a serene and warm glow that immediately fills any room.
So what are you waiting for? How will you redesign your space to create a peaceful, zen vibe?
Zen Lifestyle in 21 Days
There is an amazing book written by Jordan Burness, about creating a zen lifestyle in 21 days. The book discusses ‘put-it-into-practice’ and actionable steps to take in order to reduce worry and stress from your life. The outcome of the book is to gain ‘killer confidence and a calm tranquility.’ You can learn more about this book and how to download it here.
Organise your life in 7 days
If you need more assistance in creating more space in your home, as well as de-cluttering and organising your personal life, there is a fantastic online course which teaches you how to drop your clutter, baggage and feel the amazing relief of a fresher, spacious, organized home in 7 days or less. Again, there are actionable tasks, templates and lots of amazing information to hold your hand while creating a more peaceful and zen-inspired life. Check out the course here.
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P.S. Why not start with one room in your house and test out the zen lifestyle there. Once you feel happy with its benefits, you can start improving your other rooms one at a time!
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