Living a Zen lifestyle is more than just living in a home devoid of clutter, colour or too many things. Zen is more a way of life, than just an interior design style.
To create a home that suits a Zen lifestyle, look for natural materials, design with patterns of light and space in mind, and let go of anything you don’t really need. The Zen lifestyle also fits into the new Sustainable Lifestyle trend where you get rid of anything you don’t need, and when you do replace stuff you do it in a sustainable way.
Here are some examples of homes that have been designed to help their owners to live their lives in a more Zen, and sustainable, way with minimal furniture, relaxing spaces to sit and think, lots of light and plenty of natural timber.
1. Make way for natural light
2. Built-in tea drinking area
3. Built-in storage
4. Low-set furniture and multi-use items
5. A mix of muted colours
6. A sofa that reflects nature
The sense of balance in space and light that comes from the Zen lifestyle can be seen in this Bukit Panjang apartment. A pared back interior with few items, white walls and simple floors, the addition of a few pops of colour gives a focus to the room. The Zen lifestyle is one of little clutter, open space, and natural materials. The blue sofa especially echoes the colour of the sky, creating a calming space for living. Natural materials, soft colours and the grouping of items creates a sympathetic rhythm in this interior design which suits the Zen lifestyle.Designed by: Adroit Interior Design
7. Spaces for sipping tea, reading and contemplation
And lastly, like in the Ang Mo Kio home, the creation of spaces especially for enjoying tea, reading or contemplation in their homes is important for people who are interested in enjoying a Zen lifestyle. The tea space in this Matilda Court apartment is a great example. In the kitchen space of the same apartment, the use of multiple upper and lower cabinets has created a neat and uncluttered area for meal preparation that has its own Zen vibe. Hiding away clothes and the other bits of our daily life in a specially created area also helps to emphasise how important the lack of clutter is if you are looking to have a Zen lifestyle in our busy world.Designed by: Areana Creation
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