Decorating ideas to create the perfect zen space
Our bedrooms should be a place to retreat, recharge, recover and relax. Among the commotion of daily life, the bedroom should be a sanctuary of self-care.
One way to create a harmonious space in your home is to borrow decorating ideas from Zen teachings.
Zen isn’t a design style per se, but a school of thought that emphasises meditation, mindfulness and a connection to nature. It teaches calmness despite a chaotic life.
By channelling Zen’s functional minimalism and love of nature into interior design, you can feel that same tranquillity when you close your bedroom door.
So with mindfulness in mind, let’s look at how to create a haven of harmony using natural materials, minimalism and deliberate design. From banishing your phone to bundling up in bamboo bed sheets, these are our favourite ideas to create a calm space in your home.
Declutter your space (and your mind)
If you’re looking for Zen decorating ideas, a great place to start is with the furniture and decorations you already have.
Zen is reflected in the simplicity of minimalist interior design. It’s not about getting rid of all your furniture.
Instead, it’s about keeping the things that make your bedroom comfortable and functional, without the clutter of decorations you don’t need.
Minimalist Zen interior design ideas
- Everything should have a function
Ornaments for ornaments’ sake are out. It might be tough to do away with decorations, wall hangings or ornamental furniture, but a clear room is the way to a clear mind. And less furniture means less to clean, which is a bonus.
Unnecessary bed linen should also go. Rather than dressing up drab sheets with a throw, invest in high-quality bamboo bed sheets that up your game in aesthetics and function.
- Clear your bedside table
Try to keep your sleeping area clear of clutter. Even a small change like putting your things in a drawer instead of leaving them on a bedside table means you wake up with a clear view, rather than being jumbled up first thing.
- Don’t fear open space
There’s nothing wrong with empty space. The difference between ‘bare’ and ‘beautiful’ is the thought you put into furnishing your bedroom. More on that shortly.
More than a quarter of Australian adults (26%) suffer during the day because they’re checking devices too late at night. That’s according to the Sleep Health Foundation, which also says 16% of us work just before bed.
If you’re one of those people who struggles to disconnect before bed, try leaving your phone on charge in another room at night. Then you can’t give in to temptation or answer late-night work emails.