Resolution: Be More Zen
After the year that we just had, we are going to bet that “be more zen” is on a lot of resolution lists for 2021. And, for a lot of us, that means carving out some peaceful, comfortable places in our homes to encourage those moments of calm enlightenment. Or, if we’re being honest, to escape from the world for a bit.
Your zen space can be anything you want it to be but, whether it’s a full room or just a corner, there are a few elements that can help set the tone for finding inner peace. Start with a soft neutral palette—whites, creams, beiges, taupes, and even soft shades of sage or grey—to calm the eye and the mind. Use textures and subtle tone-on-tone patterns to create interest, rather than pops of colour, and choose natural materials as much as possible.
What you put in your zen space depends on how you use it, but keep in mind that the idea is to use as few pieces as you can get away with. Generally speaking, furniture for your zen space should be uncomplicated, with simple shapes and clean lines to accentuate wood patterns and textured fabrics. If your space also includes storage for other activities, like crafts or home office, storage pieces with doors will keep the visual clutter to a minimum.