Open, uncluttered spaces, warm, neutral, and earthy tones, and elements of nature are all aspects of a Zen environment. Creating a living space based on the ancient Zen philosophy of balance and calmness will help you take a deep breath and relax as soon as you walk through your front door.
When the chaos of everyday life begins to take a toll on your well-being, you need a place you can go to de-stress and find a sense of balance. Why not make such a retreat out of your entire home? Unwind, calm down, and relax with these simple tips to help you create a Zen environment in every room.
Find Peace of Mind in Your Living Room
Simplicity is one of the essential aspects of the Zen philosophy. When you walk into your home, you should feel at ease, and a warm, minimalist setting is the best way to achieve this.
A cluttered space is a cluttered mind. The saying certainly rings true. You need to get organized and hide the clutter in every room in order to feel balanced when you enter. Wooden cabinets, drawers, and shelves are excellent ways to keep extra things out of sight.
Warm lighting and earth tones are essential elements of a Zen home. Use lamps instead of overhead lights, and find low wattage lightbulbs in warm yellow instead of bright white. Paint the walls a warm, earthy color, such as beige, cream, or pale yellow.
Keep décor simple and earth themed. Set up a couple of small tables for plants and flowers, which can add a natural element of color to the room, and decorate with stones and some animal figurines that you may feel drawn to.
Breathe Easy at Bedtime
Your bedroom should feel like the sanctuary it’s supposed to be. The same elements apply here as to the living room, but to help you get to sleep better, add in some oil diffusers and natural scented candles. Use soothing fragrances such as lavender, chamomile, sage, and rose to help you ease your mind and breathe easy at bed time.
Don’t forget about clearing the clutter from your bathroom too. Your bathroom is the perfect place for you to really unwind, but it needs to be set up in a way that will promote calmness.
Use glass jars with lids and weaved baskets to organize your bathroom essentials. Use the same oils as in your bedroom to help you relax. Get a small stool and a wooden bathtub rack where you can keep some rolled hand towels, a book or magazine, a glass of wine, and a shower radio to play some soothing instrumental music.
Cooking doesn’t have to be stressful either. Like all of the other rooms in the home, de-cluttering the kitchen is a must. Use bulletin boards for important notes, recipes, and other papers. If you don’t have enough cupboard space to keep spare appliances, get some extra shelves so you can free up some countertop space.
Use small mason jars for storing seasonings, and get wooden cooking utensils and cutting boards. Make sure the layout helps you move around the kitchen with ease when you have to cook.
By clearing your house of clutter, keeping the color scheme warm and neutral, and using soothing oils and scented candles to help you unwind, you’ll look forward to getting home every day to enjoy your own Zen retreat.
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