Zen is in!
Life is stressful. This is a fact that we can’t ignore. But there are ways to reduce this stress and find peace and tranquility right inside our homes. You can do this by implementing a Zen household. In Japanese, Zen refers to meditation. In interior design, it reflects balance, harmony and relaxation.
Follow these steps to bring Zen into your home:
- Declutter: The principle of Zen depends on reducing the number of things in your home and introducing a minimalistic lifestyle. Look up Marie Kondo’s principles to tidy up; anything that doesn’t bring you joy must go. In fact, why stop there? use this principle to get rid of negative feelings, emotions and anything else that doesn’t make you happy. You can’t get more Zen than that.
- Think earthy for colors: Pick neutral shades for your walls and furnishings. Neutral shades are said to bring a feeling of calmness.
- Introduce a soft floor: Choose cotton or woolen carpets for the floor. This will give you the feeling of being cocooned and will help build your Zen atmosphere. Again, make sure to stick to neutral colors
- Introduce natural elements: Thinks plants and smooth stones. Plants have a calming effect through their soothing green colors and by providing oxygen. Nature fosters a spirit of peace and relaxation.
- Introduce a water feature: The sound of running water is amazingly calming, so introducing a small table top fountain or a large water element in the center of the room will make it more tranquil.
- Tone down the lighting: For a fully relaxed space, replace harsh florescent lights with calming, nature-inspired or candle lights. Use 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, instead, mix a floor lamp, a lamp set and indirect light.
- Go easy on décor: For walls, simplicity is your friend. You won’t need a collage of art prints or photos; instead choose a few items that you hold dear.
- Engage your olfactory senses: Calming natural scents like patchouli or ylang-ylang are invigorating. Make sure to use these in aromatic diffusers.
- Minimize electronics: Or use specially designed cabinets to screen them when they aren’t in use. Also, make sure to keep those pesky wires out of sight to maintain that uncluttered atmosphere.
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Written and published by Propertyeportal Editorial Team.