Everyone needs to have their own retreat, their own space to relax, somewhere for pure ‘me’
time. It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy, or anywhere too big; in fact, you could update an
existing room, such as your bedroom to be more ‘Zen’ like. Below are a few simple tips to make a
room your ultimate relaxation space.
Keep it Simple
When channeling Zen in a home, try to keep all decorations and ornamentation to a minimum.
Choose only a couple of features, such as a vase from that matches with the color palette, and
blends naturally with the space. Your space of Zen should be somewhere to completely clear
your mind, and too many elements can be distracting, creating an un-restful environment. You
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Colors and Textures
Simple and clean is the way to go with colors and textures, and should also be the way for
furniture too. Make sure everything matches, and that there are no unexpected bursts of bright
color, as this will only confuse your senses. Neutral and earthy tones are calming, and design
the room so the walls, floor, ceiling and furniture all seem to softly blend in to one another
creating ‘visual continuity’. Avoid furniture with lots of detail and pattern, and choose natural
fabrics where possible.
Lighting is a big one when it comes to creating a Zen space. Harsh, direct, overhead lights can be
too intrusive. Think about installing a light covering that dulls an overhead bulb, and put in lamps
to provide different sources of light so the ambiance can be controlled at any time of the day.
A Sense of Smell
All your senses are equally important, and when it comes to relaxation, smell is particularly so.
You may be able to lie down, close your eyes and shut the door of your room, but if the scents
around you aren’t pleasant – which is often the case in a house full of kids – your body and mind
will stay restless. Scented candles or essential oils in a burner are a perfect option for your space
of Zen, particularly ones designed to promote relaxation such as Ylang Ylang. Candles made from
soy or beeswax are soft, natural scents that also enhance calmness.
Think of how you feel when you’re standing in an open meadow, or a forest; you could stand
there for hours taking deep breaths in, staring at the foliage and flowers. Nature, in a word, is
relaxing. Include a few plants in your chosen space, preferably low-maintenance ones, so they
stay calm like you. Bonsai, bamboo and hanging terrariums are perfect as they’re also non-
flowering so the risk of overwhelming scents in avoided. Plants also have the added health
benefit of providing more oxygen to a room.
Stress does not promote good health, and unfortunately most of us experience it on a daily
basis as you try to balance your busy lives. A space that is free from clutter, complication and
specifically promotes relaxation is the best way to calm yourself at the end of the day. And when
you’re calm, everyone else will stay – relatively – calm too!
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