Zen philosophy which is known to us today is the result of a long history. Zen can be described as a meditative state of mind.
It is the way of living, being aware of your own inner side and the surrounding environment.
A Japanese Zen home embodies this tranquil philosophy, making use of natural materials, minimalism, empty spaces, and soothing colours.
Zen house, including the kitchen area, is visually balanced, with plenty of free space for energy to flow. Minimalist Zen interior does not necessary mean having as fewer things in the house as possible (especially, it may be challenging to adapt in the kitchens). This concept rather applies to everything being in its proper place for its intendant purpose.
Here, space optimizing solutions and smart storage are the crucial components keeping things neat. Get rid of all the bulky items, colourful wallpapers and create a tranquil environment that will help setting your mind free.
Tip: Try sliding doors instead of hinge/openable doors on a wardrobe; get a pull out table, have some kitchen drawer inserts and larder unit pull-outs; opt for Japanese style compact bed platform instead of bulky bed frame.
Bringing natural life indoor is the key if you want to incorporate one of the Zen elements into your living space. Indoor bamboo, bonsai plants, cactuses, orchids or money trees do not require intensive care, and can freshen up your interior, adding a touch of greenery to the minimalistic look.
Tip: -If you are not a big fan of having plants in the house, but still want to bring elements of nature to your home, opt in for the furniture made of real wood, like Maple, Red Pine or Hemlock.
-Use stone countertops or wooden cabinets in the kitchen.
-Plus, you can get some plates, cups and cutlery made of clay and wood.
-If you are lucky enough to have an expansive window facing a nature outside, make use of it, freeing the windowsill from unnecessary items and letting the natural light fill the living space.
As the heart of the home, the kitchen is the perfect place to incorporate a neutral colour scheme that will tie in effortlessly with the rest of your subtle interior décor.
In order to recreate a truly authentic Zen feel in the house, you will need to draw inspiration from nature.
Tip: For the warm Zen style try using light shades of brown and cream, and combining it with the wooden floor.
For the classic minimalistic look opt for the laconic grey stone style for the flooring, and simple white and grey paints for the walls.
Good news for the colour lovers: Zen interior design is not limited just to the subtle colors.
Similar to nature, which is rich in bright colours, the spicy note of colour can be added to your living space as well. The bright accessories, such as a tablecloth, cushions or plant pots will decorate your home interior just like flowers blooming in the garden.
The pop of colour can also be included into your kitchen by choosing multi-coloured kitchen splashbacks