The Zen style is all about peace, space, light and relaxation. But also comfort and a modest form of luxury should not be missed in a Zen interior. By using as few (visible) elements as possible, the mind is stimulated as little as possible so that it can come to rest. Very pleasant after a busy day at work where the human mind has been bombarded enough by all kinds of stimuli.
Typical for Zen is the outward facing design in which we try as much as possible to involve the outdoors, such as a garden, in the interior. In a Zen interior, this is achieved, among other things, by the use of large windows that reach to the floor or by using a sliding door.
In a Zen interior, space and light are two elements that are inextricably linked. Small hallways, corridors and doors are avoided as much as possible, creating a feeling of space. In order to create some depth in the interior, glass walls, wooden columns or stairs are often used.
Zen design requires a minimum of furniture. Often the furniture used is very modern or very antique. Typical are the large couches with mostly low backrests and natural materials that provide a soothing whole. The appearance will be strongly minimalist anyway. Asian plants such as bamboo should certainly not be missed.
The lighting in a Zen interior is predominantly pleasant and soothing. Sometimes it is complemented by natural candlelight or tea lights. Floor-standing lamps are used when they do not have exuberant shapes. Direct spot lighting is not recommended in a Zen interior because it is too bright. Recessed lighting is often directed at the walls to create a warm and atmospheric glow.
Covered colours such as beige, white, green and brown create a calm, natural atmosphere. This applies not only to the wall colour but also to the colours of the furniture. Leather, reed, bamboo, wood and silk are indispensable in a Zen room.
Wooden blinds or slats, as well as Roman blinds made of light fabric, retain their austere appearance. The walls in the interior can be decorated with panels of natural materials. Sometimes you can also see dark mirrors that contribute to a luxurious yet quiet atmosphere.
A single painting or work of art is possible. It gives a house its own personality. Also modern equipment such as a widescreen TV or a minimalist audio system has its place in a zen establishment. Cupboard space is very important. Everything should be stored as much as possible, because a tidy interior reflects a tidy mind.
As you will have noticed, the Zen interior style is very diverse and subject to interpretation. The interior can look modern, rural or even classic but will always leave a minimalist impression. Tranquillity, openness and unity with nature are therefore the key points for a successful Zen interior.