There are many reasons individuals redecorate a room, whether it be to add space, to reuse the space in a different way, or to obtain a whole new look and feel. No matter what the reason, it’s always a good idea to keep the basic zen elements in mind when you are wanting to attain a peaceful environment. Making a relaxing space is different for everyone. The picture above, taken at the Azul Hotel in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, is an example of a zen-inspired room. While this works well at a hotel, I recommend making your space into something that represents you and will make you feel jubilant, yet rested.
A calm environment is an clean environment. Getting rid of anything you don’t need and sorting out the rest will help create an organized and peaceful atmosphere. In the blog, My Journey to Lean, the writer suggests getting rid of everything you haven’t used within a year. If it’s still lingering around untouched between all the holidays, projects and parties, it’s time to toss it.
After you have cleared the space, you must begin to think of a color scheme. Most would assume neutral and earthy tones to be calming, but that isn’t always the case. Think about what suits you and makes you happy! In Sincerely Samantha’s blog, she loves black and white and has created a perfect area for her to enjoy and relax. Even though it’s only two colors, it’s anything but boring. It’s up to you and how you want your space to make you feel. If being at the ocean makes you happy, paint your room blue and decorate accordingly.
If you’re having trouble finding a color or scheme and don’t want to make the commitment to a certain color just yet, here are some examples of the meanings of colors from ColorWheelPro.com:
- Red – Energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination, as well as passion, desire, and love
- Brown – stability, masculinity
- Orange – energy and happiness, increases oxygen supply to brain, stimulates mental activities
- Yellow – sunshine, joy, happiness, warms, increases mental activity, generates muscle energy, may cause babies to cry more
- Green – nature, growth, harmony, freshness, healing power, restful, can improve vision
- Olive Green – peace
- Blue – sky and sea, depth and stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, decreases metabolism, increases calm
- Purple – stability and energy, power, nobility, luxury, ambition, creativity
- White – light, goodness, innocence, cleanliness
- Black – power, elegance, formality, death, evil, mystery
In the end, creating that perfect zen space is all up to you. Discover what makes you happy or where you find true bliss. Choose any color you desire and run with it. Possibilities are endless. Remember, don’t be afraid to try something new or different. There isn’t anything a few coats of paint won’t fix.