Zen is a way of life; an intensely personal, minimalist philosophy, which elevates simplicity into an art form. It embodies the use of healthy lighting, natural environmentally-friendly materials, patterns of space and openness, and the rejection of mess and clutter.
Great value is placed on the absence of nonessential items and furnishings to allow an organic flow between the nature and modern civilization. Through the use of materials, geometry and nature the concept of zen is created. This practice is believed to reduce all elements down to their core essential quality.
The spaces that we chose to spend the most time in, whether that be a yoga studio, an office or your home, should feel calm, safe, relaxing and peaceful. This is why we are progressively witnessing more and more modern adaptations of traditional Japanese zen elements emerging in the latest interior design styles.
Why not promote your feelings of serenity and happiness with a zen inspired space? Find out more about how to create your perfect zen space in the rest of this article!
What is Zen Interior Design?
Zen interior design reflects a minimalist philosophy that makes full use of natural materials. It also involves the use of different light and space patterns, and at the same time, rejects clutter. Zen homes are designed to be relaxing and they encourage contemplation while also being very appealing and visually well balanced.
One of the first things you do when incorporating Zen interior design to improve your health is remove any obstacles in your home. This does not mean you have to tear down the walls. What it does mean is you should envision your home as being a place that is open and where each room blends in well with the other rooms.
The eyes will be drawn toward empty spaces. Use of bare floors and removal of all ornately decorated door frames are other aspects of Zen interior design.
Vintage materials with an aged patina add richness to a minimalist living area. Use the negative space beneath the furnishings to let energy and light gently move and flow through the space. Why not create space using hanging decoration instead of blocking the floors or walls? Hammocks are the perfect accessory for relaxation or sitting areas instead of large heavy sofas.