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How To Create a Zen-Inspired Bathroom

Posted by Doug Gardner on

Designing your bathroom with zen elements will allow for a more natural and relaxing atmosphere. The word “zen” literally translated into “meditative state,” which is exactly what you should focus on in your bathroom. Decorating your bathroom with natural elements along with a balanced sense of energy will create a more enjoyable environment. The subtle elements will place a sense of relaxation over your body when you first step foot into the bathroom. To learn more about how to create a zen-inspired bathroom, keep reading.

Harmony

There are a countless number of ways to create a zen-inspired bathroom. Regardless of which course you decide on, however, you should focus your efforts on balancing the atmosphere with harmony and relaxation. This is the driving force behind zen, so you want to recreate these characteristics in your bathroom. Having a “harmonious” bathroom means that all of your furnishings, accessories, decorations and colors flow together in a natural manner. If something looks or feels out of place, remove it from your bathroom.

Keep It Simple

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when designing their bathroom is trying to force in too many accessories and elements. In order to maintain a harmonious atmosphere, you must keep your bathroom decor simple. Don't use extravagant paintings or large wall decorations that stand out. These may work just fine in other rooms, but a zen-inspired bathroom is built around the notion of “less is more.”

Going back to the rule of keeping it simple, a zen-inspired bathroom should have most, if not all, of the normal bathroom items out of plain sight. Leaving your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and other toiletries out on the counter will take away from the natural beauty and simplicity of your bathroom. If storage is a problem, then perhaps you can install a larger and more accommodating vanity. The bottom line is that you must keep your toiletries and other bathroom items out of plain sight to achieve a zen-inspired decor.

Zen Accessories

The right accessories will bring your zen-inspired bathroom together. You can gain some inspiration for ideas by looking at the decor found in professional spas. Most spas are designed with a focus on relaxation; therefore, they elements that work well for zen bathrooms. A large glass vase or bowl filled with polished stones, for instance, is a simple accessory that's perfect for zen bathrooms. Placing just a single glass item on a shelf or counter in your bathroom will instantly make the area more relaxation.

Houseplants are another type of accessory that works well for zen-inspired bathrooms. There's just something naturally calming and soothing with houseplants that's not found in other accessories. You can use this to your advantage by decorating your bathroom with a couple of them. With that said, you must stick with small-to-medium sized plants that don't take up a lot of room. And remember, all houseplants need water and sunlight to thrive. Allowing your houseplants to turn brown at the leaves will ultimately hurt your decorating efforts.