Written by Juliette Qi
Following our previous ‘discovery’ of Zen décor, we will continue creating a peaceful space where you can enjoy a tranquil and inspiring atmosphere everyday.
Here are three basic rules: simple, natural, succinct lines. Here, there’s no intricate details or excess ornamentation. In order to occupy minimal space in each room, the furniture you choose should have several functions. For example, a futon can be used as a sofa during the day and a bed at night, a wooden chest could be both a storage space and a table.
Made of natural materials, Zen furniture should bring a feeling of warmth and relaxation. If it is painted, make sure it is in colors that match the rest of the interior.
Place the bed or futon close to a natural light source and avoid placing it in front of the door or in a passage area. High beds and padded headboards enhance the feeling of comfort. Do not overdo it with the cushions and keep the bed decorations to a minimum. The same rule applies to the futon in the living room: a white mohair throw or wool blanket could also work as accessory in order to tie the tones together. The bedside tables and side tables are very useful in a Zen room: choose pieces that fit well into the overall design. For a reading corner, choose a simple chair corresponding to the lines and materials used in the rest of the furniture.
For the dining room, if you do not particularly want to eat on the tatami, make sure to get a table and chairs with straight lines and clean, solid wood. If you wish, you could opt for glass too! A transparent table top always creates a beautiful effect in a Zen space. Simplify your dining room to the maximum and eliminate all superficial elements, keeping only a table, chairs and a buffet if necessary.
First take advantage of the natural daylight, then place different sources of lighting to adjust the intensity of the light in the areas to be illuminated.
On the ceiling, recessed lights are ideal. You could also affix the lighting onto a discreet rail to focus the light on target areas. Of course, fluorescent lamps are eliminated!
For accent lighting, choose a combination of table lamps and floor lamps as indirect light. Arrange them in strategic places: near the bed, in the reading or music corner, in the meditation area … Feel free to add scented candles to the living spaces, in plain sight and arranged in a safe manner.
Last but Not Least…
Keep the air of your space fresh with plants and good ventilation. Perfume your pieces with frangrances that appeal to you. A Zen environment awakens all senses, even the sense of smell!
Remove any electric disturbances from your sight. Arrange your devices in a discreet place or hide them even in a piece of furniture specially designed for this purpose. Be sure to remove any wires and cables that could disturb the serene atmosphere of your home.
Finally, to complete our Zen home décor, add a fountain or waterfall to your favorite living area: the trickle of a fall and the peaceful view of the water play an important role in Asian interiors. Combined with some exotic plants and pebbles and this special little corner could quickly become the favorite space for the whole family.
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