What is Zen-inspired interior design?

Moretti Blog   •   September 26, 2018

Although not strictly a decorating style, bringing Japanese Zen into your home is all about creating an environment of peace, relaxation and inner sanctuary from the stresses and strains of life in the outside world.

Bringing Zen principles and philosophy into your home décor is associated with calm and neutral colours, minimalist and simple furniture and decorations, and features that bring balance and clean lines. It is also all about letting the energy flow positively around the space.

Done well, the look can be simply stunning.

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Perfect palate

The best palate is natural and neutral. Think of the colours in nature – the pale blue of the sky, the greys of rocks and the golden beige of a sandy beach. These are the perfect Zen shades to bring into your home. Pale pinks and soft whites look perfect too. Mix it up by choosing a couple of complementary colours to run through your room or home; introducing colour onto your walls, floor and into soft furnishings.

Natural products like wood and stone bring nature into your home too, creating texture, interest and warmth in a wonderfully subtle way. Bamboo is another great medium to introduce into your décor.

Natural textures

As well as using wood and stone in your home, use fabric to keep things soft and inviting. There are some beautiful one colour rugs and cushions out there and fabrics can be wool, silk, satin – whatever you would love to snuggle up to on your couch. Introduce statement pieces such as these gorgeous modern Sloane & Sons Tub Chairs with simple lines and beautiful curves.

Pattern-free zone

Heavily patterned fabric, wallpaper or carpets and rugs do not suit this style at all. Again, think plain and simple, although as above, different textures all add to the overall finished look. Chintz has no place in a Zen world! If you really want to sneak a little pattern into