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Hello friends! I want to help you feel peaceful at home. So today I ‘m going to share with you some great home zen decor ideas.
I’ll be showing you everything you need to know from using zen colors, the 5 basic elements, furniture, home accents and more. Plus, I’ve included some zen bedroom and living room ideas so you can be inspired to create your own zen space at home.
Normally I write about creating your meditation space. However, today I want to share how you can also bring some zen to the rest of you home. I hope you enjoy it.
What is Zen?
Zen is a type of Buddhism that has been practiced for hundreds of years mainly in eastern Asia.
That’s why in zen decorations you see a lot of images of Buddha, since he was the teacher that lived in India almost 2,600 years ago, and gave teachings which later became known as Buddhism.
However, now at days “Zen” is used more as a slang word meaning feeling relaxed and calm. Therefore, you don’t have to be Buddhist in order to use zen decor in your homes.
Also, a lot of the “zen look” has a lot of influence from Japanese architecture.
How Do I Make My House Feel Zen?
To feel zen it’s about being in the present moment. Therefore your home can help you be a reminder of mindfulness.
We are so busy in everyday life, so we need to take short breaks throughout the day to feel the stillness that is within us.
In order to do this we need to be in an environment that will be relaxing and simple. For instance, this is why you see a lot of traditional Japanese architecture with designs that are very minimal, since this makes the mind calmer. Also, the colors are neutral and the furniture designs are made out of natural wood with clean cuts.
So below we’ll discuss some 5 basic ideas that you can start incorporating into your home.
- Connection With The 5 Elements
- Home Accents
1. How To Use Zen Colors:
Zen colors are very calming earth color tones. The purpose of this is to connect you to the Earth, and to feel connected to nature when you are inside.
When trying to achieve a zen look stick to 1 to 2 colors. For example, the primary colors could be a light earth tone and should cover 60% to 70% of the walls.
Here are some great examples:
Optionally you can use a secondary color to add emphasis to a wall or certain sections in a room.
In addition you could use curtains as the secondary color.
2. Incorporating The 5 Elements In Zen Decor:
The 5 basic elements can be found everywhere in nature. For Instance they make up every thing we see, all from a single blade of grass to the sky. In addition, they are also inside our bodies.
The 5 basic elements are:
In the body: Our bodies are made up of over 60% water, which helps different nutrients to be carried though our veins.
In nature: It allows rivers to flow which carry the water to nourish life.
In the body: Helps us breathe.
In nature: Helps with movement and cleansing of the Earth.
In the body: The anatomical structure of our bodies, that holds everything together.
In nature: The main foundation that hold the entire planet.
In the body: Responsible for the heat in our bodies.
In nature: The sun, which brings everything to life.
In the body: Allows us to move our bodies.
In nature: This is the empty space what lets us to move from one place to another. Without it a bird could not fly in the sky.
Below, let’s explore different ways how you can bring these elements into your home.
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3. Home Zen Furniture
If you want to create a serene atmosphere, then incorporate zen inspired types of furniture. In particular get ones that have simple lines and neutral colors.
4. Zen Home Accents Decor Ideas
The ideas of home accents is to add a special personal touch. Therefore when you walk into a room it should be an eye grabber that really stands out from the neutral colors on the walls. In addition they can have colors that compliment a secondary wall color.
Zen Decor Wall Art
5. Adding Simplicity To Your Home
We have talked about colors, the 5 basic elements, home accents and furniture. So now let’s take a look at an overlooked subject: simplicity.
To have a zen room, you need to have a minimalist approach.
Lets take a look at some suggestions:
Wall art: You’ll want to have one big main painting on the wall, or a matching set of paintings that belong to the same design. Otherwise hanging a bunch of different styles paintings is distracting, and the eyes won’t know what to focus on since everything is competing for attention.
Tables: Try to have only one or two items on the side and coffee table. For instance have a plant, table fountain or candle. On the other hand having a stack of magazines, remote controls, bills, books can make it busy. Plus, it can attract even more clutter since subconsciously you might be “Well it’s already messy.”
A solutions for all the extra items is to put them in some matching boxes or baskets. Then place them under the table. In fact when I did this at home, I felt more relaxed looking at my coffee table.
Colors: Stick to one or two neutral colors to keep everything uniform. Then if you want add just one color for emphasis, such as a turquoise or green. For example this can be added to a single wall, vases or pillows.
These are just some suggestions, so please feel free to decorate as you wish.
Bedroom Zen Decor Ideas
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Tips For Keeping Your Bedroom Zen
Your bed tends to be the center of attention of the room. With this in mind, make your bed everyday. This will be very beneficial. For instance If you have had a rough day at work, think of how you’ll feel between seeing a messy bed or a well made bed.
Get rid of things that are draining your energy:
These are things in your to do list or chores half way done.
- For example seeing a hamper with clean clothes that needs to be put away. Therefore actually put it away or hide it in the closet.
- In addition it could be a book that your friend gave you and haven’t read yet. As a result seeing it in your night table might make you feel guilty. So either put it on a book shelf, or give it to someone who might actually enjoy it. In short if you really wanted to read it you would have read it by now. Your time is very valuable, so don’t feel bad saying no to it.
- TV is meant to stimulate your brain, not to make it feel calm and relaxed. For this reason take the TV out of the bedroom. I know some people like to sleep with the TV on so there is a background noise, therefore you could instead try using a sound machine that has different nature sounds.
- Cellphones emit harmful EMFs, thus it can disrupt your sleep cycle. With this in mind leave your cell phone in a different room. Don’t worry, you’ll be OK without it. In addition, when you wake up the last thing you want to do is see notifications. Love yourself enough to give yourself a good night sleep and value your time.
Living Room Zen Decor Ideas
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Tips For Keeping Your Living Room Zen
If you receive some packages, open them as soon as possible to avoid a collection of boxes on the entry way or living room.
When you get the mail, open it right away and decide what to keep. Finally recycle non sensitive information and shred the rest.
Have a designated place for jackets, boots, blankets in your home since they tend to accumulate in the living room.
Feeling Zen In Your Life
It’s good to use zen decor in your home so you can bring a sense of calmness. However, what’s even better is taking the time to slow down even for just a few seconds throughout the day and just be still.
For instance, if you have a candle lit in your living room, just stop what you are doing and for a few seconds take a look at it. Use your senses, enjoy the scent it emits, see the flame flicker, if it’s in a glass jar then feel it.
Another example is to look at a painting on the wall. Stop and appreciate its beauty. Then each day look at it, and see if you can find new things you didn’t see the day before. Take a look at the dark and light parts of the painting, see if you can see the texture of the canvas it was painted on, notice how your mind feels when you look at it.
Use your home as a tool to help you practice mindfulness every day.
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Conclusion For Zen Decor Ideas
I hope you were able to learn how to incorporate zen decor into your homes.
To recap use mainly neutral colors, the five elements, home accents zen items, furniture and make sure to incorporate simplicity.
Above all work on your mind, practice mindfulness so you can truly enjoy your surroundings.
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