The home is your castle. But for some, it’s a hassle to find rest and comfort within. Those who invest in expensive furniture are sometimes disappointed to find that the comfort is not worth the amount paid. Others place more focus on being practical – making the home comfy rather than simply eye candy. Here’s how to make your own Zen-zone right inside your home and create the perfect escape!
Select a Space
Some cannot achieve peace because of poor room or area selection. Choose your zen zone wisely. The area by the bay window may appear optimal but isn’t that where the kids do homework and people gather for meals? If peace is what you seek, choosing a high traffic area is not a good solution. Alternatively, choose a space that is quiet, small, and free of family foot traffic. At first, it could be a space that seems like an odd fit, such as a small closet under the stairs or a corner in the attic. But, you can soon transform the space to something more suitable.
Incite the Sense of Smell
Some people are firm believers in aromatherapy. Particular scents are believed to relax the body and make one feel at peace. However, some have strong associations to particular scents. For example, the smell of the sea may remind a person of their favorite pastime or spending summers with their grandparents as a child. Give thought to smells that please you and that usher good thoughts and memories. Introduce peace into the area with incense sticks, candles, natural flowers, etc.
Choose Comfy Seating
Most people don’t associate standing with relaxation. It’s less stressful on the body to sit or recline. Unfortunately, even high-end, plush furniture can disappoint. Be less concerned about presentation and place more thought toward selecting seating that is incredibly comfortable. Basically, you want to model the sensation of sitting on a cloud. Modern day bean bags are large enough for an adult to lounge back and come in an array of colors. See more from Comfy Sacks here.
Introduce Mood Lighting
Some prefer natural light while others prefer darkness when trying to rest. It’s a personal choice but regardless of mood, you’ll need to introduce such into your zen zone. If natural light is preferred but you can’t find a zen zone anywhere in the home with a window, consider artificial lights that mock the rays of the sun and thus inspire positive feelings, especially for those who have seasonal affective disorder.
Find Soothing Sounds
As with types of lighting and scents, some prefer particular music when trying to relax. There’s no room for debating with others. It’s a personal choice. Some listen to opera to relax while others prefer the recorded sounds of birds or the ocean. Alternatively, silence may be the most soothing sound you know of. Therefore, it’s especially important to find a quiet corner of the home or to consider soundproofing a portion of or an entire room.
Go Outside of the Home
Perhaps you’re thinking inside the box. Presently, maybe you don’t have a great area that can become your zen zone inside the home. You could use an existing shed in the backyard or purchase one that you can customize from day one to become your palace of solitude. Alternatively, ‘tree houses’ are not for kids alone. A lot of adults find it fun and incredibly relaxing to build a small nook among the treetops.
Fill it In
Take a survey of things that make you happy and begin filling the room with appropriate sights, sounds, smells, and textures. For example, some love the texture of wood and create a mini cabin in the attic. Others may love Paris though they live in Ohio. Filling a zen zone with images, smells, and reminders of Paris can make one temporarily forget how many miles they are from France.
Don’t Forget to Unplug
We live in a time of many distractions stemming from smartphones and social media accounts. It’s common for people to look at their phones during dinner, a movie, a date, etc – times when they should be focused on being in the moment. Don’t forget to unplug your zen zone from common distractions. Perhaps it’s best to choose a space free of outlets so you’re not tempted to charge your phone, plug in your laptop, etc. The thought of unplugging can be unsettling for those who have grown so accustomed to pastimes of the digital age.
David Mistry is a home decor consultant who is knowledgeable in Feng Shui and is always seeking to give homeowners the best look and feel to their home. He shares his ideas in his articles.