The spirit of Zen is humble, direct and peaceful. A Zen bedroom is one conducive to sleeping and rejuvenation, a room where your activities prior to sleep assure the sleeper-to-be of an easier fall into slumber and a pleasant, uninterrupted sleep through the night. Uncomplicated decor, simple lines, empty space and natural materials belong in a Zen bedroom. A zen bedroom should evoke Asian traditions of design, many of which are concerned with unity, nature and minimalism. Begin decorating your zen bedroom by choosing the right color. Soft colors have a soothing effect in keeping with the meditative Zen style. Neutral colors including taupe, cream, gray, black, tan and brown work well in Zen bedroom design. Apartment Therapy suggests blue and green to create a calm mood for a Zen bedroom. Pale blue or tan walls with dark-brown furniture and cream bedding creates a relaxed atmosphere. Cream walls with black furniture, taupe bedding and small touches of red, rust or deep orange as an accent color offer dynamic contrasts while still suiting the Zen theme.
Then, a futon or low bed serves as the central feature in a Zen bedroom. A traditional futon increases the room’s flexibility. Cabinets with sliding doors maintain clean lines and provide storage to keep the room free of clutter. A lightweight bed bench serves for putting on shoes and moves easily for seating elsewhere. A shoji screen works well to conceal a desk or exercise equipment when it’s not in use. For accessories, use natural materials, especially those traditionally used in Japan, go well in a Zen bedroom.