There’s no place like home. It’s our little private space, the one we go to after a stressful day at work or if we just want to hide from the outer world. That’s why Zen decor has become so popular, especially if you’re looking to use your home as a place to meditate.
Although Zen originally referred to meditation, today this concept is applied to many other things, including interior design, in which case it refers to harmony and positive energy. There isn’t a Zen handbook on how to arrange furniture in your home, but there is such a thing as Zen décor and its guidelines can help you create that serene atmosphere you’re probably yearning for. The underpinning of this décor is simplicity and peacefulness. Since you can’t make the whole world Zen, do it at home.
Your house is your kingdom and you deserve a royal treatment. Eliminate stress from your home by following these handy tips that will convert your home into your personal Zen sanctuary, perfect for relaxation and meditation
1. Nature at Home
Of course, it depends on where you live, but in some parts of the world, nature has become a luxury. We lead busy lives with little time to spend outdoors and in nature. But you can have a tad of greenery in your house which will have a wonderful soothing effect. As someone once said: “Man’s best in nature”. Why not bring a little part of it into your home. A plant or two will suffice and make the space so much livelier and relaxing. Get one of those plants, like Jade plant or Chinese Evergreen, that don’t need a lot of care and watering. Plus, plants provide cleaner air and help get rid of the toxins that may have accumulated in your living space.
2. Calming Colors
What many people don’t realize is how big an influence colors have on our mood. It’s always awesome to see flashy colors in a club or a café, but your home shouldn’t be disco-like. Studies have shown that colors can induce certain sensations. For instance, yellow and orange are associated with food. Haven’t you ever wondered why McDonald’s is all in red, yellow and orange? It’s to awaken your appetite. Therefore, opt for calming hues like light blue or green. And of course, you can never make a mistake with white. Peaceful colors will bring out that Zen-like atmosphere you so desire.
3. Out with Technology
Although today’s life is unimaginable without computer gadgets and mobile phones, you do not need to fill your bedroom with gadgets. Be sure to limit technology or anything else that might interrupt your practice. Don’t let technology cramp your Zen style and keep you from keeping your mind calm.
4. Minimize Clutter
We all love to have all kinds of knick-knacks, but most of them are useless and just collect dust. Like most people, and you’ve probably hoarded a lot of stuff over the years. Save yourself space and the trouble of dusting constantly by keeping only things on the shelves you really like. If for some reason, sentimental or otherwise, you simply cannot part with your valuable trinkets, there are numerous cheap storage solutions that can free up some of your space.
5. Add That Special Scent
Scented candles have a soothing effect, especially when you want to call it a day and head to bed. They will make you more tranquil and you’ll doze off without a care in the world. You can also make your own room spray with lavender, chamomile, or rosemary. It will invigorate you and alleviate a bad mood.
Making these small changes can make a huge difference for your inner peace. Converting your home and making it your sanctuary is essential if you want to survive and thrive in these stressful times.
Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, a part-time writer, and as of recently a business consultant for Supercheap Storage Newcastle, always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.