Coming home after a long day’s work and seeing mess everywhere will certainly not help you relax. The best thing would be to pack your bags and run away for a Zen spa weekend and come back calmer and happier. Sadly, we cannot do that as often as we would like to, but we can turn our home into our own personal Zen refuge right in your home. It’s not about expensive home remodelling and pools in your garden – it’s about the atmosphere and being able to relax and have a few minutes for yourself when you’re stressed out.
Turn to Nature
Zen is all about being connected with your inner self and connected with Nature too, so when faced with a choice, always opt for a natural one. Natural fabrics such as wool, cotton, linen, and silk, earthly tones of decorations and walls, and choosing wood over plastic will bring your home closer to nature. Picking the right curtains can not only help your home look more inviting and create a relaxing atmosphere, but they can also block some of the noise coming from the outside, and make even a foggy and cloudy day look better when looked through soft and warm colours.
Simplicity above all
Not having a lot of furniture is a good thing, it will certainly reduce the amount of time needed for you to clean your home, and it will make you calmer to be able to look all over a room without having a lot of things blocking your view. If you have problems sleeping, change the position of your bed; when your bed is directly facing the door it can cause restless sleep. In the living room, place the couch, armchairs, and sitting cushions close enough for people to hear each other when they speak, and make sure tables are big enough for everyone to place their drinks and food on without disruption.
Believe it or not, when it comes to minimalist Zen style, little things and details matter as much as pieces of furniture. Choose colours that make you feel good and help you relax: clean white mixed with warm and cool tones of blues, greens, and reds will transform any room into a little piece of heaven. Combine soft blue rugs NZ with turquoise curtains, and purple cushions with orange tablecloths, but try not to make it too colourful since it can tire your eyes. Also, have succulents instead of store-bought flowers that die after a while, and hang photographs of friends and family on the walls for everyone to see.
Store things so you don’t trip over them
Tripping over your children’s toys, cups and books next to your bed, and constantly having to move pots and pans from one place to another in the kitchen will not make you calmer but quite the opposite. However, having to look at the mess and things piled up in corners of rooms will give you a headache, so choosing to store things in less visible places will make the entire place look spotless and very Zen. Buy or make your own stylish storage boxes which will not only declutter your home, but also make it look more stylish and elegant.
The most important thing is to be happy in your home, regardless of the way it is decorated. Be creative and find inspiration in the most unusual places, bring Nature to your home, and create an atmosphere which will always cheer you up when you’re sad, and calm you down when you’re edgy. After all, this is the main purpose of a person’s home, isn’t it?