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Zen bedroom ideas for your home

As we all seek to find tranquillity and relaxation in our lives, incorporating zen principles to our interior design can do exactly this. This style has increased in popularity and become a modern-day trend – and rightly so. In Japanese, zen refers to meditation, and in interior design, it embodies balance, harmony and relaxation. Your bedroom is essentially your private hideaway and a place to unwind after a long, hard day – so what better way to emphasise this than through implementing zen design principles? For inspiration, our zen bedroom ideas will transform your room into a sanctuary of uncluttered peace.

Use Earthy Colours

Zen-inspired interiors are all about natural colours and in particular soft tones. For instance, white, grey, shades of beige or pink beige, have the ability to generate a feel of relaxation and serenity. To establish variety, we recommend mixing two matching colours with degrades of your favourite shade. If you’re planning your ideal bedroom from scratch, think about co-ordinating textiles, flooring and wardrobe finishes. This will give your boudoir a seamless design scheme all over. If the natural tones are too dull for you and you need a little colour in your room, you can do this with a bright throw on your bed or some abstract art.

Keep Furniture Simple

Within zen bedroom ideas, furniture is symbolised by simple and clear lines, avoiding complex detail and excess ornamentation. We recommend choosing high quality furniture made from natural materials to establish a sense of warmth and relaxation. Our top recommendations for zen-inspired furniture include:

  • Place your bed close to a source of natural light and avoid putting it in front of the door. The height of your bed depends on what you feel most comfortable with, however high beds normally emphasise the feeling of comfort. We recommend going for upholstered, leather or patchwork headboards.
  • Keep your bed décor to a minimum – use mohair, wool or fleeced covers or throws and don’t go overboard with the cushions. Instead, opt for different sized pillows with differing pillowcases that you can organise for sleeping or reading.
  • If you want to set up a reading nook, pick a simple armchair and pay attention to the simple lines of the furniture.

Find Comfort in Soft Floors

When it comes to zen bedroom ideas, parquet is always a great option, as well as any type of wooden flooring. White, grey or any light shaded parquets are exceptionally sophisticated, however you can also opt for coloured parquet, providing it harmonises with the rest of the space. Resin floor finishing can also be very cosy if you’re channelling a modern or loft atmosphere in your bedroom. Alternatively, wool carpets offer a real sense of comfort. However, they require a much higher level of maintenance. Although, you may enhance your zen décor and emphasise the cocooning sense of the room by mixing several carpets made from wool or pure cotton. Just remember to consider the fact that their colour should match the floor.

The Lighter the Better

Zen bedrooms are designed to let in as much natural light as possible, so if you want your bedroom to ooze tranquillity, this is the way forward. If you don't have floor-to-ceiling windows, why not incoporate in some rattan pendant lighting to keep your bedroom shining all day long? You'll feel the atmosphere and your mood change instantly – trust us.

Why not invest in the Milano blind? It’s a vertical style blind which means it’s perfect if you want to let in maximum light and bring the outdoors in at the same time.

Clear Distractions

If your boudoir feels more like a storage cupboard than a sanctuary, now could be the perfect time to get organised. All zen bedroom ideas have one thing in common – establishing a clutter-free zone. Whilst it’s often easier said than done, having a room free of distractions is the key to inducing calm in the bedroom. There's no disruption or confusion, and nothing to take your attention away from simply being present in the moment.

Stacks of laundry and crammed wardrobes also need to be dealt with as they can make your mind feel more cluttered. Bespoke fitted wardrobes can help you to make the most of the available space and create a place for every item. This means no more stress in the morning when you’re hurrying about trying to find the things you need.

Electronic devices more often than not are a source of distraction and thus they don’t work with the principles of zen décor. However, if you need to have your TV in the bedroom for example, just make sure to put it in a discrete area. As well as this, we recommend hiding away all wires and cables that could interfere with the tranquil atmosphere of your bedroom. Remember – out of sight and out of mind is the motto with zen bedroom ideas.

Minimise Unfavourable Symbolism

To ramp up the peaceful vibes of your zen-inspired bedroom, look for whether there are any symbols in your space that seem at-odds with your perfect setting. For instance, if you're looking for more headspace, check to see whether your surfaces are messy. Or are you interested in nurturing a partnership? If so, check around your bedroom and consider whether you're filling up the space with single imagery such as one vase, one chair or artwork with one person in the picture.

Surround Yourself with Nature

To make sure everything in your bedroom feels harmonised, bring the outside in as it can benefit both your physical and mental wellbeing. Sprucing up your bedroom with plants can deliver some of the same benefits. For instance, English Ivy can help to improve the air quality in a room, whilst lavender can fill the space with energising scents. In addition, Bonsai trees or hanging terrariums are also great options and they’re often included in zen interior design. And incorporating in nature doesn’t just have to be through physical plants – even curtains with naturalistic designs will work well. Take the Emi curtain for instance – it’s the perfect addition if you want a lovely, elegant zen look. In the company of nature, it’s impossible to not feel at ease!

By incorporating the above elements into your bedroom, you will benefit from an uncluttered area and ultimate comfort. It’s made even more relaxing when a touch of nature is brought inside. Just remember to make use of plenty of natural lighting and minimal furniture. With our zen bedroom ideas, you will step into your room and feel relaxed merely just by looking at it.

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