Monday, January 13, 2014

Creating a Zen-style home

The word Zen is most associated with meditation and inner peace. With the increasingly hectic atmosphere in the modern world today, meditation and yoga have become more popular. It comes as no surprise then that this trend has also crossed over to interior design. 

Choosing the right colors is just as important as the harmony and balance between these tones. Go for a subtle monochromatic scheme with a play of shades and tones of an earth color.

Many people crave the relaxed ambiance of a Zen-style home. Follow these seven essential elements to achieve a soothing Zen atmosphere in your home. 

Earthy color palette

Color plays an important role in creating a relaxing Zen ambiance. Select earthy colors, such as white, gray and beige. Choosing the right colors is just as important as the harmony and balance between these tones. Go for a subtle monochromatic scheme with a play of shades and tones of an earth color. 

Natural materials

Opt for natural elements that look soft and organic. Wood flooring adds warmth and evokes a sense of nature. For fabric options, stick to natural, light and comfortable fabric such as linen. 

Clean lines

The Zen style is all about going back to basics. Enhance the natural materials in your room by using clean lines on the floors, walls and ceiling. Avoid complicated patterns on the floors, too many moldings on the walls and intricate ceiling designs. 

Sleek furniture

Furniture should also go with the minimalist aesthetic of Zen. Choose simple furniture without too much decoration and intricate carvings and designs. Sleek, modern designs are perfect for the Zen look, but opt for ones with natural materials to impart a warm atmosphere. 

Toned down accessories

When it comes to accessories in Zen design, subtlety is key. Choose only a few items to accessorize the room. If you decide to have a Zen painting, use only one central piece. Bring in plants for a touch of nature. And add some candles or plants in strategic corners to finish the look. 

No clutter

The essence of Zen design can only come through in a neat and pristine space. Clear the clutter in the room. Employ some storage options to stash away room essentials. Avoid putting these eyesores out on display. - Aislinn Kee 


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