What is zen decorating?
I was wondering. I know. It’s like totally last season. Like teddy-bear wallpaper borders. But I still wanted to know.
So I looked it up. And surprisingly, I didn’t run into a whole lotta ‘what-is-the-sound-of-one-clapping-hand’ rhetoric…instead I got some pretty kick-buddha tips on creating a space that encourages relaxation, peace, and harmony. And who doesn’t need a little more of that?!?
So here are my fav zenny tips to use when creating your own little slice of nervana:
- use simple, straight or clean lines
- display no overpowering knick-knacks
- decorate with little color or earthy tones
- hang unfussy, light and airy, or sheer window treatments
- incorporate nature and light and fire
- use metal and wood (no plastic)
- hang art that is pleasant and comforting
Then I got to work.
First I potted some “natural elements” to go into my den.
Then I switched out the lamp shade from the golden silky version to the white cotton version. Sure, this might not seem like a totally zen thing to do but the curtains are white and match the new shade (which creates unity). Plus, the yellow undertones of the previous shade were as distracting as a celebrity sporting a cameltoe. HELLO!
So after a quick switcheroo and adding some more frames to the top of my shelving units, it is definitely feeling more cozy. The colors are definitely more zen. I incorporated metal with my little thinking man statue on the center side table. The curtains are sheer. Next up – some feel-good art. And five more magazine holders for the left side bookcase….cover your eyes people. My shame is on display.
Anyhoo. The key is to create a comforting environment. And nothing I read said that you must use an Indian or Asian style. So there you have it…a little more zen in my den. So pretty it could make Chuck Norris cry…and yes, it can touch MC Hammer.
For more Zen style – with a bit of a Indian and Asian kick in the pants – check out this post at Elements of Style.