In Japanese, Zen refers to meditation. In interior design, it reflects balance, harmony and relaxation. Although Zen interior design is not a proper design style and does not come with strict rules, it is often associated with Minimalism, simplicity and purity of lines. It is more a way of arranging a home and creating an atmosphere that offsets the stress and hassle of daily routine.
Color: Zen interior design is all about natural colors, in soft tones, such as white, grey, green, shades of beige or pink beige, which have the power to induce a sense of relaxation and calmness. Chromatic harmony between the various elements is very important, as well as the visual continuity between walls, furniture and floors.
Fabrics: Selecting fabric relies on the same rules of natural, light and comfortable. One of the essential elements of Zen interior design is the curtains, which provide a sensation of intimacy, while reducing noise and blocking air drafts. Go for natural textiles, such as linen, wool or bunting wool and match them with the rest of the room.
Lighting: For a fully relaxing space, replace harsh florescent lights with calming, nature-inspired or candle lights. Place 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 and take advantage of all possibilities to mix a floor lamp, a lamp set and indirect light.
Furniture: Zen-style furniture is characterized by simple and clear lines, avoiding complicated detail and excess ornamentation. The furniture should be high quality and made of natural materials as these bring a sense of warmth and relaxation. Storage pieces (closets, cupboards, chests of drawers) may be brought to life if painted in colors matching the rest of the interior.
Plants: It’s not Zen without plants!
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