Going Zen – A Peaceful take on Interior Design
Zen is a Japanese ideology, and it is not just an idea – it is a way of life. The concept is derived from nature, and translates into an organic environment. Zen is usually applied to landscaping features, but when you articulate it to soft interiors, you’d notice the subtle changes that come with applying a traditional Japanese interior style in a rather contemporary setting. The Zen color palate is limited, and resembles the minimalistic aesthetic – but minimalism has also gone contemporary in the past decade, whereas, the Zen palate remains the same – with soft, wooden textures, shouji accents, and natural lighting from large portals. It might be an acquired taste for some, but those who can relate would definitely find it soothing. The most attractive feature of a Zen palate is its simple aesthetic – there are no hodge podge utilitarian artworks, nor are there fanciful and ostentatious furniture pieces – just an elementary sort of uniqueness that may be part modern, but all Zen. Today, we will be looking at a few Zen aesthetics that might make you reconsider a more modern interior scheme.
1. Following Tradition
Japanese tradition dictates the use of wood in their interiors – wooden flooring, wooden doors, wooden windows and more. So this interior seamlessly merges the modern and traditional Zen palates by focusing on the individual aspects of traditional Japanese style interiors, and portraying them in modern materials in the best of ways throughout this interior scheme.
The Japanese use the washitsu – a living room of sorts – for public gatherings in the family, and this Zen interior manages to encapsulate the core of that idea in this free flowing space wby using traditional materials. Large windows, and actual Zen furniture palate creating an entirely authentic phenomenon in this interior.
There are no literal affirmations for a Zen bathroom, but if there were any, this one would be it – with a minimalistic style and an inspiration from the outdoors, this bathroom interior manages to incorporate the idea of Zen in the most affirmative of ways. The pebble stone shower area is both functional as well as pragmatic, and the rest of the scheme falls in tandem with this particular palate.
While the schemes above reinforce the Zen aesthetic through abstracts and materials, this one uses literal kanji expressions to achieve that traditional Japanese vibe and then uses the material and color palate to overlay the Zen ideology in thin cut outs.
The paper screen, or shouji, is one of the main elements of a successful Japanese style interior design, and this partial screen is a modern interpretation of that particular genre – with fabrics instead of rice paper as a theme, and uses that to present the concept of Zen in a customized formation.