Everyone is going zen for Spring! Designing a calming zen home is one of our favorite things to do. The principles of designing a zen space are always something we’re encouraging our clients to do because design, afterall, is about feeling happy and comfortable and calm in your space. That’s why we’re so glad to see this “trend” going strong this Spring. Here’s 10 tips to make your space a little more zen this Spring that go beyond Buddha statues and incense:

Zen Home: Decor & Design

Establish a Connection with Nature for a 

An effortless indoor-outdoor flow is the goal when inviting calm into your personal oasis. There are a number of ways to do this ranging from quick updates you can do today to more  costly and committed improvements you can make to your space: Add a houseplant, install large windows, sliding doors and skylights, and install durable flooring that continues from indoor to out.

Modern Backyard with Stepping Stones in Zen Garden

Soothing Lighting Schemes for Your Zen Home

Invite as much natural light into your home as possible. The less electricity you have to use, the better for the Earth and for your circadian rhythms.

California Cool Monochromatic Living Room with Pool Table

Cool, Neutral Color Palettes in Zen Homes

Keeping your color palette neutral and earthy will also help establish a connection with nature. Monochromatic interiors invoke a sense of calm and have a way of encouraging you to keep things neat and tidy.

Easy to Clean Surfaces

There is a reason zen is often synonymous with modern design. Part of creating more zen in your life is designing a sustainable, easily maintainable space. One of the ways we do that is in our choice of materials and finishes that are easy to clean and need less maintenance – large, hard, flat natural surfaces and knobs and pulls with less curve and traditional detail will cut back on the overwhelm of maintenance.

modern kitchen in venice beach

Reuse and Repurpose

One of our favorite things to do is to upcycle. Give new life to your existing furniture and accessories by refinishing, repainting, or reupholstering. The personalized DIY products will give your home a nice texture and make you feel good about your space.

Zen Luxury Bathroom Retreat

Say OM! How zen is this modern bathroom?

Natural Materials

Layering textures of materials found in nature will give your home an earthy, zen feel. Think: jute rugs, wooden panels and flooring, and organic textiles.

zen home bathroom

Cut Clutter

One of the quickest and easiest updates you can make right now is go through your home and throw away 10 items. If you’re thinking you need to buy more accessories to fill shelf space — stop! It means you have too much space. Take a step back and think creatively – how can you most efficiently utilize this space without buying more and cluttering up your space and your life.

Staircase in modern Venice Beach Home

Water Features for a Zen Home

Noise pollution can be a real issue if you live in the city. One of the ways to alleviate a bit of that (and establishing that natural connection we’re talking about) is with water features.

Lemon Ranch Orchard with Water Feature

Clear Flow in a Zen Home

Flow from room to room is intrinsic to good design. Pathways should feel intuitive to navigate.

poolside of modern venice beach zen home designed by Lori Dennis

Soothing Scents in Your Zen Home

When you’re creating your ideal environment, you want to give equal weight to all five senses for a fully immersive experience. Consider soy candles, incense, or essential oil diffusers to give your interior a refreshing scent.

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