Have you ever felt like there’s just too much going on in the interior design of your home? Every aspect of the design rings false and forced? Does it make you feel out of sorts and disconcerted?
Well, then it’s time to break out the ‘Zen’ philosophy of interior design.
‘Zen’ literally means to calm down. So an interior design that is based on the Zen philosophy is specifically designed to relax the human psyche by creating a soothing atmosphere and a tranquil ambience. It is rooted in the Japanese philosophy of ‘Zen’ and has become quite a popular trend in the last decade. Below, let’s look at 5 ways you can use the Zen philosophy to create better interior designs.
1. Zen lighting
Practice says that natural lighting has a truly Zen effect on the human psyche. It can be at once refreshing and relaxing. This is why interiors designed on the Zen philosophy tend to have large door and window portals. These is an emphasis on transparency and earthy textures like stone accents to showcase the beauty and effect of natural lighting in such interiors.
The Zen philosophy dictates that the simpler your surroundings, the more relaxed your mind. You cannot very well have a complicated and flamboyant feature wall in your home and expect not to feel inherently excited or frazzled whenever your mind wanders to it. This is why simple and straightforward designs are the best way to go when you’re opting for some peace and Zen in your interiors.
Despite being a completely individual interior design style, many aspects of minimalism seep into the Zen philosophy. The idea is to declutter you spaces in order to declutter your mind. This means that you’ve got to maximize the efficiency of your space by getting rid of all the things that aren’t needed for the design. A simple and straightforward design is what propels the mind to calm and not run in all directions at once.
4. Earthy accents
Nature retreats are one of the most calming experiences you can opt for to sooth your nerves. This is why you should opt for natural accents like wood when you’re trying to design a Zen interior design. It can relax your mind without you even realizing it. Coupled with minimalism, the earthy nature of wooden textures can double in the soothing effect.
5. Function over form
The beauty of Zen interiors is that they emphasize functionality and create attractive features from it. For example, you can design a half-closet in your bedroom, which is very much the height of trendy chic these days. But the best part is that this concept is based on functionality; it utilizes small spaces in an efficient way. The aesthetics are just the cherry on top.