Our home is our saviour when it comes to rejuvenating ourselves and beating fatigue. Carefully chosen and personalized home decor is the need of the hour. Let’s have a look at one such home decor which brings you close to yourself and lets you experience the calmness - Zen Decor
Etymologically, Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪 (chán), an abbreviation of 禪那 (chánnà), which is a Chinese transliteration of the Sanskrit word of dhyāna (" meditation ").
There are a number of ways through which one can inculcate the soothing and tranquil benefits of Zen methodology in their home decor. This kind of decor helps bring you close to nature and lets you experience your inner peace.
Zen decor is very popularly used while doing the interiors of luxurious spas, wellness centres or a holiday home, to give you the much needed break from the drudgery and monotony of life. Nowadays people have turned towards this kind of interior planning to have the best of nature within the four walls of their homes.
With the right kind of colors and aesthetics, it is not hard to ace the Zen interior decoration for your abode. Follow these simple tips and tricks to welcome the positive Zen vibes in your life :
The Quintessential Space.
Zen decor is synonymous to space, the first and foremost step to be taken to achieve this decor accent is to declutter and have ample of space. Try to get rid of anything which is no longer needed or which takes a lot of space and is easily replaceable. Marie Kondo has beautifully quoted the importance of space in our homes and in our lives as well - “Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy”.
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To give you an idea, start small, let it be that overflowing drawer of your almirah which needs organizing. Kudos to the online shopping frenzy most of us have become the ‘hoarders’, when you look around in your home, you’ll find gazillions of things which have no financial or sentimental value attached and can be easily tossed into the trash. When you are done with the sorting process of all the miscellaneous things then sell, recycle or donate the rest of the items. Carefully planning the storage area of your house, to stock all the important-but-not-required-now stuff will help save you from the catch-22 situation of what to keep and what to let go.
Same thing holds true when it comes to your wall decor, make it a point not to overcrowd your walls with those photo frames and antique wall clocks, let the wall decor be as empty as possible. Nothing beats the experience of staring at smooth, nicely painted walls when out of creativity or imagination.
Give way to Nature.
Incorporating more and more greenery for those easy, breezy hours while you are at home, is an essential aspect of Zen home decor. With the number of indoor plants options available, you don’t need to think a lot to bring in the dash of greenery planted in beautiful planters. Instead of larger than life art installations, try filling your corners with large leafy potted plants.No matter what variety of plants you invest in for your home decor, they’ll surely increase the serenity of your home beside purifying the air inside it.
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Zen decor also encourages one to use natural materials as much as possible,this will add to the overall peace of your home’s environment. Natural fibres which are unbleached and in their original hues can be used for the cushions, linens, upholstery and also for soft furnishing. When it comes to Asian Zen decor, selecting stone flooring for kitchens and bathrooms is also a good idea. A plush carpet will set the mood right but make sure it is devoid of too many patterns and is fuss free. This way one can easily create a relaxing atmosphere at home which we usually look out for beyond the hustle and bustle of the city.
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The Aromatic Aura.The unparalleled joy which one gets after being pampered and sought after can be created day after day with the help of Zen decor. All you need is a whiff of mild and reassuring air around you which will work wonders for your mental and physical health. Do invest in the right quality of essential oil diffusers and then place them strategically in your homes. Lavender is one such popular oil, which helps reduce stress levels, lowers blood pressure, heart rate and triggers the brain to release relaxing hormones. As aromas are directly linked to your emotions, aromatherapy can help you navigate difficult mood swings and lack of energy.
Dr Blossom Kochhar, chairperson of the Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies. “Some essential oils can have a relaxing effect. Some oils can be uplifting and stimulating, while others even have aphrodisiac properties,” explains Kochhar. Sandalwood has a pleasant, woody smell that instills a sense of inner peace and helps meditation. Jasmine is a subtle and evocative fragrance, which acts as a stimulant, anti-depressant, antispasmodic and antiseptic.
“Jasmine generates a good feel, while revitalising and restoring one’s energy. Lavender has calming properties, which help the body and mind to relax and helps fight insomnia and headaches.
The next time you go grocery shopping, do purchase lemongrass essential oils and use it while wiping the floors by using a few drops of it. Peppermint essential oil in a diffuser helps to ward off red ants and cockroaches besides giving you that stillness. Also it is so easy to have your own DIY potpourri at home, just mix the rose petals along with orange slices, mint, cinnamon and clove. Place it in the corridors or on your coffee table.
Decorating your Living room the Zen style.
Living room is the first impression of your house which lasts, moreover it is a place where the family unites at least once a day. As Zen decor encompasses simplicity and elements of nature, the colors which are a perfect fit for your living room decor are mostly earthy like beige and various shades of grey. In addition to the hues, matching patterns with the upholstery, curtains or the rugs will create the right Zen look. Diffused lights are always a great option no matter where they are being used, also one can play smart and use scented candles that infuse aroma of natural ingredients to set the mood and impression right. In line with the Zen therapy for home decor, less is always more and hence be careful while choosing decorative items for your living room. Use ornaments which are displayed in an orderly manner and give space to imagination and thoughts. These days handcrafted bookends are in trend, they not only help you to keep your favourite books organized, but also add artistic charm to your home decor.
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Zen Decor for your workplace.Talk about the office, the first thing which pops in the head is a cubicle, where an employee is separated from the rest of the team and has his own work to mind. This pretty much hinders interaction and holistic growth of an individual. But when we plan our workplace according to the Zen decor, the first thing to remove are walls.
Any unnecessary clutter has to be removed from your table and ultimately from your work area, this will enhance productivity and harmony. Also this type of office decoration requires subtle planning of lighting which has an aesthetic appeal. Diffused lights which are soft and warm will help create a relaxed atmosphere.
The type of colors and shapes you choose for decorating your workplace plays a huge role in your overall performance. Most offices use cold and muted palettes which give a monotonous and a serious look, while Zen methods of home decor encourage you for soft ones, use of rugs, colorful cushions, planters on the desk and inspiring wall quotes around you.
To create the Zen look, invest in some art pieces like the Buddha statues or the figurines and place them around your workstation. Use of colorful succulents, will not only be a great mood uplifter but will also freshen up the air around.
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By now you might have fully understood that, to achieve a Zen-inspired decor for your home, you need to establish a synchronisation between the indoors and the outdoors. To begin your planning, keep minimalism in your mind and then you can gradually move ahead with the ways and ideas discussed above to achieve the look. Remember Zen decor is minimal yet uniquely layered with the right kind of hues. There is a lot of floor space, light, air and no cluttered corners. This home decor rightly showcases the purity and effortlessness of how we can strike a balance between our homes and nature.