Zen Furniture: Many Ideas for a Pure Style Home

When it comes to zen decor often we tend to confuse this very specific style with multiple contaminations of oriental origin, in reality the one inspired by Zen thought is a house with a pure and extremely essential style.

To better understand this fascinating universe and the design trend associated with it, we are going to offer you one here very practical guide to Zen furniture which starts from the presentation of the fundamental principles of the Japanese doctrine in question, essential to understand its true essence, and then moves on to an analysis of the colors and the various rooms of the house up to the choice of very specific objects and furnishing accessories.

If you are looking for practical ideas and suggestions to furnish your home in Zen style without making mistakes or falling into easy contamination, you will certainly find the material proposed here useful:

Zen philosophy

Meditation in Zen philosophy

The word Zen takes on the meaning of to think, meditate and takes shape from the thought of the very ancient Japanese schools of Buddhism aimed at the search for the way to happiness that must lead to the vision of the heart of things. Zen philosophy focuses on the true nature of reality and the cosmos itself by constantly searching for satori (understanding of reality), a transitory experience capable of changing the mind and leading to the achievement of bodhi (awakening) and it does so through active and conscious participation in the world.

How to use stones and sand in Zen philosophy

Zen philosophy aims to free the mind to get to practice life in the best way and meditation is the basis of this school of thought. Happiness can be achieved through awareness and detachment, thus finding direct contact with nature and the essence of the universe. Embracing Zen thinking will mean immersing yourself in atmospheres where harmony and tranquility reign and to do so it will be necessary to create environments capable of contributing to the achievement of inner tranquility.

Zen decor

Zen-style house

Zen furniture is aimed at encouraging meditation and more generally the relaxation of the mind, therefore it aims to create environments where natural elements combine with objects to find a sort of balance even in matter. The idea is to be able to create an environment, a context, capable of contributing to inner peace and harmony. We will opt for an essential furniture where simplicity takes shape through the use of materials of natural origin, wood in the first place, and through the inclusion of plants and other primary elements such as water.

The Zen style has many elements in common with minimal furniture due to its constant search for essential elements and pure lines, we will now analyze in detail the particularities of the different environments starting first of all from the choice of the right shades.

Zen colors

Main colors for zen furniture

As you will surely have guessed from our brief introduction to the Zen philosophy, even the shades chosen for furniture, finishes and decorations must harmonize until they reach a sort of chromatic harmony. The main colors of the Zen furniture embrace the variations ranging from white to green, pastel shades that recall those of nature in the perfect encounter with the absolute purity of white.

To the five primary colors (ie those shown in the image above) and their multiple shades, you can also add variations of blue that go to remember and represent the element of water.

The Zen living room

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A feeling of freedom and ample scope aimed at creating a welcoming and relaxing environment where natural or artificial lights infuse peace and harmony … the Zen living room, the central element of the house, will have to present an essential furniture made through the insertion of a few pieces in a refined and well distributed version.

Tinsels and useless objects will be eliminated in favor of a warm minimalism achieved through the choice of natural materials, first of all wood, and finishes with primary colors. Perfect are the low tables to combine, for example, with suggestive circular poufs and of course with plants of various types capable of bringing nature into your home.

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Zen cuisine

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The constant search for a physical and spiritual balance naturally also passes through the food we choose to eat and, in perfect harmony with the Zen vision, we will find ourselves spending a lot of time in the kitchen dedicating ourselves to long and relaxing preparations.

The furnishing of a Zen kitchen must therefore be practical and functional, perfect are the large work spaces where you can make preparations by hand, always finding contact with nature through the use of wood. For example, utensils and bowls made of bamboo are perfect and appreciated in the kitchen.

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The Zen dining room

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After cooking, we are ready to focus on the Zen dining room. According to the Japanese tradition, meals will be consumed on low tables around which to sit cross-legged but, if this solution seems too extreme, you can create an environment in which to insert a classic dining table made of wood or stone. natural. The furnishings of the dining room, as well as that of the entire home, must be essential.

A useful tip is to place the dining table in correspondence with a large window or a sliding wall that allows you to admire or better still get in touch with outdoor spaces, for example with a garden or a wood.

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The Zen bedroom

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Zen bedroom furniture is made of relaxing colors and a few simple decorative elements that can be placed, in a discreet way, next to the bed and wardrobes with sliding doors, preferably in shij paper. You could include candles, rugs and of course plants, such as bonsai or delicate orchids.

According to tradition, for a perfect night’s rest you should opt for a futon or overlapping tatamis, in any case, low beds with a wooden structure or covered in fabric will also work.

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The Zen bathroom

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We now move to discover Zen bathroom furniture: a very important environment in the house where you can take care of your body and come into close contact with the water element. Opt for white ceramics and decorative elements in wood and stone so as to recreate the natural encounter between the different elements that we could admire, for example, in a garden.

The waterfall taps and large low-flow shower heads are also perfect, without forgetting the almost mandatory presence of a welcoming bathtub.

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Zen objects

How to use bonsai in Zen decor

So far we have kept to clarify that the one promoted by Zen furniture is an essential and minimalist style aimed at the search for the true essence of things but, of course, there are objects and accessories that cannot be missing in a Zen house, indeed they will characterize it in unequivocal manner.

Among the furnishing accessories that cannot be missed there are first of all the plants, from bonsai to bamboo, perfect for bringing the earth element inside your home, then we move on to the suggestive fountains that allow you to listen to the flow of water, stones (tobi), real sacred elements that represent stability, solidity and firmness, up to statues and candles.

Another inevitable object is the Zen table garden, composed of sand and stones, that is the object that symbolizes the natural elements and helps in meditation by transmitting calm and serenity.

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