Before we kick off, what does ‘zen’ actually mean? In Japanese, Zen refers to meditation. In interior design, it reflects balance, harmony and relaxation. Although zen is not a proper design style and does not come with a book of strict rules, it is often associated with minimalism, simplicity and purity of lines. It is a way of arranging your home and creating an atmosphere that neutralizes the stress and hassle of your daily routine.
A zen inspired design is all about natural colours. Soft tones, such as white, grey, shades of beige or pink beige have the power to induce a sense of relaxation and calmness. Harmony between all the elements is very important, as well as the visual continuity between walls, furniture and floors. If you’re unlike Natasha, Mr. Big’s short-term wife in Sex & The City, and don’t like the all-beige look, try a grey-ish blue like Colora’s Blue Ski on the wall behind your headboard. Apparently, soft blue has a low saturation which is mentally soothing.
Zen style furniture is characterized by simple and clear lines, and stripped of all complicated detail and excess ornamentation. The furniture should be high quality and made of natural materials, like Ethnicraft’s oak Madra bed, as these bring a sense of warmth and relaxation to your home. A low-level bed isn’t only great when you sleep in the attic or have low ceilings, it is also a way to heighten the sense of space in your room – there’s nothing more disturbing than waking up in a room that feels cramped.
A room spray, a bunch of fresh flowers, scented candles and essential oils are all ways to enhance your room with fresh scents, which can not only be calming when it’s time to sleep, but also invigorating when it’s time to wake. The sense of smell is, after all, the most powerful of our senses – so why not utilize it to help us wind down and kick start our day? Pomax has a few great scents in its collection, but we’re especially fond of the Boiserie D’Hiver room diffuser…
Did you know that bookshelves positioned above the bed are not conductive to relaxation? It’s better to clear your headspace, in all senses of the words.
Although we love the smoky look of this mirror by Notre Monde, it’s better to banish mirrors in the bedroom. Apparently, they active energy, but at bedtime you’ll want a room to feel cool, dark and small.
We’re no fan of electronic devices in the bedroom at Roomin, but if you can’t sleep without watching your favourite TV show first, make sure you place it in a discrete area or hide it in a specially designed cupboard.
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Photography by Ineke Tack and Stephanie Duval.