No matter if you live alone or with your family and pets, you still need a special place to call your own. Modern lifestyle brings chaos so you need to find ways to de-stress and relax. One of the best strategies to do so is by turning your home into an ultimate zen sanctuary.
This doesn’t involve only the introduction of nature into your home but also using color and design. So if you want some zen in your life, here is how to bring it in.
Embrace the light
Sunlight is a natural mood booster so remove the curtains and let it in as much as possible. If you have small windows or face the north side, use mirrors to disperse more light into your home. Also, artificial lighting can help a great deal to set the tranquil ambiance.
Indirect and diffused light will create a serene atmosphere in the room, so opt for floor lamps with paper shades. It’s better to use several lamps to create a warm and comfortable environment which can also be a decorative element and add a more relaxed vibe to overall interior design.
Add plants to your interior
The easiest way to introduce zen into your home is to add plants to your interior. And not only succulents but big leafy ones and those which leaves will hang nicely from the shelves. For some people, even looking at the plants calms them down and reduces stress.
Oxygen-producing plants like Chinese Evergreen not only look great but will also make your air better. Place them in your bedroom to improve the quality of your air there and have better sleep at night. If you live in a small apartment, you can hang the plants from the ceiling or place them on floating shelves. This way they will enrich your décor and your wellbeing at the same time.
Choose the design that makes you comfortable
There are so many interior designs you can choose from that you will easily find the one that makes you the most comfortable. The minimalist style will remove all excess stuff from the room and give you more space to move. While Boho is all about cushions and coziness paired with scented candles and natural light.
Probably the most interesting style is Wabi-Sabi which like zen has roots in the Japanese philosophy. It promotes the use of naturally beautiful objects like handmade decorations to create a serene environment. Bronze and copper vases, crystals and faux branches in the planters are only some of the ways to introduce this design style into your home.
Decorate with tranquil colors
Every culture sees color as an important factor in mindfulness and wellbeing. And combining it with the surrounding element can have the best results. For example, painters from North Shore in Australia can use neutral tones like pale pink since the area is sunny and full of natural beauties bursting with color.
But if you live in a big city like New York, you will have to use earthy tones like brown and ochre to bring nature inside. Also, cool tones like light blue and green will bring some lightness by emulating water, sky, and plants.
Tidy house, tidy mind
As Marie Kondo likes to say “Tidy house, tidy mind” – a motto you should always have in mind when organizing your space. Take a good look at your home and start sorting out what needs to go and what can stay. To approach this decluttering process more comfortably, use a post-it to mark what you will sell, donate, throw away and keep.
While parting with your things will be hard, you will find solace in the profits from a yard sale or donating it to a charity that needs it. Once you removed all the unnecessary things from your apartment, you can truly discover the space you have and enjoy it. Clutter makes us feel trapped and creates anxiety so getting rid of it will turn your home into a haven to chase the stress away.
Even change can be stressful so turn your home into an ultimate zen sanctuary one step at a time. Use natural materials as much as possible and keep your space clear of clutter. A few plants, more tranquil wall color and some cozy furniture will be enough to bring calm and peacefulness into your home.
About the Author
Hannah Thomas is a gardening and home decor enthusiast. Garden is the place where she feels most comfortable, that’s why there are always a lot of books and empty coffee cups on the back porch. Always learning, exploring and smiling.