I’ve compiled 5 ways to create a Zen Home. If you know anything at all about my approach to design, you know I’m focused not just on what’s trendy or how things are going to look—my main priority is how your home makes you feel. The basic principle in Design Psychology is FEEL!
That’s what’s important, right? When you go home at the end of every day you want to feel calm, at peace and completely relaxed. I’m always surprised at how many people don’t realize what a big role your décor and design concept play in how you feel.
While you can approach a more Zen home design in any number of ways, I put together a list that’s achievable for almost anyone regardless of your style or budget.
- Add soft, comfortable things wherever you can. You’re going to instantly feel more relaxed when there’s a plush pillow, a luxurious throw or a soft rug in a room. Even if you love a really streamlined, modern style you can still add these soft elements that will relax you and make you feel cozy within a space.
- Take advantage of natural light. Window coverings are great, but use them to accent windows rather than blocking them and be aware of furniture placement so you can best capture and utilize all that mood-lifting light. Maximizing your windows is also a good way to bring nature and the outdoors into your home, which tends to have an inherently relaxing effect.
- Speaking of the outdoors, including at least a few naturally-inspired décor items into a room if you want to create a soothing and Zen-inducing oasis. Our brains are programmed to find a sense of solace in nature, so why not have some of this inspiration in our home designs? Even something as simple as freshly cut flowers in a simple vase can change your mood and your perspective. Also, think about the five elements—water, wood, fire, earth and metal. Any one of these can make a soothing and Zen-inspired addition to a room.
- Clear the clutter. This is so simple and it can cost you nothing, yet clearing the clutter can completely overhaul how you feel about your home and your life. It’s okay to have decorative items like books, candles or flowers, but don’t overdo it and try to only put items that you really love or that have positive connotations to you.
- Understand how color effects you. Most people find lighter colors to be most soothing, while commonly darker and bolder colors can have the opposite impact on how you feel. You may not fall into that category and your Zen space is really all about your personal preferences, but before you decide to paint a room a bold shade of red or orange, really think about whether or not that’s going to be a space you’re going to be able to relax in and enjoy.