A Designer’s Guide to Zen Bedroom

Creativity & Design

­­­­Lisa Reed contributed to this story. Lisa Reed is an interior designer, DIYer, and promoter of quality sleeping. With years of experience in sleep ergonomics and biomechanics, she writes about latest trends in the mattress industry for Somtex Sleep Lab.

The bedroom is the most important part of our home. It is a place where we relax after a long day at work, where we gather our energy and relieve the accumulated stress. Due to its crucial importance for our inner peace and physical relaxation, it should be designed in an appropriate way for this to happen. Here are some tips on how to create a zen bedroom in your home.

Your bedroom has to smell good

First of all, you have to clean the bedroom thoroughly. Dust all the corners, wipe the furniture, remove all dirty clothes, and wash the smelly ones. Then open the window and let the fresh air come in. You should also wash your sheets at least once a week. This is obligatory if you don’t want to have that stale air coming from your bedroom.

Some of the best scents to be used as air fresheners in your bedroom are jasmine, lavender, vanilla, citrus, and valerian. But beware – don’t mix them! Use just one of them for the real Zen effect and quality sleep. If you mix some, it could be overwhelming and counterproductive.

Remove all unnecessary furniture

If you want to keep a stress-free Zen bedroom, then you should eliminate all unnecessary pieces of furniture. There should only be a minimal number of items in your bedroom (see some examples of Zen bedrooms you can create in your own home). Movng extraneous furniture can also free up space to include a yoga area in one part of the bedroom, for ultimate relaxation and stress relief.

Choose the right colors

This is very important because different colors have different influences on our body and mind. You should go for white, gray, and brown colors, but blue is also recommended. Here are some of the effects some colors have on our body:

  • Red color stimulates the body and mind and increases circulation.
  • Blue color soothes illnesses and treats pain.
  • Yellow color stimulates the nerves and purifies the body.
  • Orange color heals the lungs and increases energy levels.

Your Zen bedroom has to be full of eye-pleasing and matching colors, so don’t add anything garish.

A rug/carpet is obligatory

In order to make your bedroom cozy, you should, by all means, include a rug or carpet. You won’t feel relaxed and comfortable while walking on some hard and cold surface. Your bare feet should feel something smooth and warm underneath! On the other hand, the carpet could become the source of odors. This can be prevented by sprinkling some carpet freshener on it, once a week before vacuuming. This will help your carpet look fresh and clean in your Zen bedroom.

Provide as much natural light as possible

This is important because the natural way for vitamin D to be synthesized in your body is under the influence of natural light and sunlight. You should have some translucent curtains or, if possible, no curtains at all.

TV is not for the bedroom

All the technology that can bring uneasiness and stimulation should be left in the living room. One cannot relax with these devices asking for constant attention. If you really want a Zen bedroom, then turn off the gadgets or leave them out entirely.

Add some plants

You can also add some fresh flowers to your zen bedroom! Plants generally bring calmness with their green color, and the extra oxygen they provide can give you an extra boost. However, you should avoid plants that require special attention or produce some not-so-pleasant scents. A bonsai tree is always a good choice.

Every home should have at least one place that can bring calmness and relaxation. The best room to have these qualifications is a bedroom, but a living room or a bathroom could also be sanctuaries of zen!


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