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Zen – a Buddhist term emphasising the value of meditation and intuition is typically associated with minimalism, simplicity and purity of lines. Whilst there aren’t any rules regarding Zen living, in modern interior design it is a way of arranging your furniture and home in order to create an atmosphere that reduces the stress and hassle of your daily routine. Colour psychologists recommend a natural palette consisting of neutral, soft tones such as white, pink beiges and grey. Soft blue also works very well especially in the bedroom but be mindful not to paint all walls the same colour as too much of something can have an adverse effect. Alternatively light soothing colours such as pinks and apricots are also perfect for the bedroom. Start by painting one feature wall and then accessorise with the same colour. In addition to this, natural and light fabrics will also enhance the feeling of Zen. Zen living is centred on creating a relaxing space so replace harsh lighting with calm LED lights or candles. Mix up your lighting with a corner lamp, floor lamp and indirect lighting. Popular for 2017 is the use of fairy lights inside, adding sophistication and class. Lighting in the bedroom is very important so consider wall mounted reading lights or light dimmers. Changing lamp bulbs to colour changing LEDs will also help you snooze by setting the correct mood. Similarly, repositioning the bed so it has a clear view of the door is a simple and calming technique. It is important to create a calm atmosphere so instead of a wall mounted TV, install some inspiring art across from your sightline. Cutting out light is important in order to stimulate the body’s natural production of melatonin, the hormone that encourages sleep. Invest in thick, dark curtains or blackout blinds to give yourself a head start to a perfect nights sleep. Zen style furniture is simple, avoiding complicated detail and often made from natural materials. Keep your bed decorations to a Image credit: PlusONE/Shutterstock.com Zen THE ART OF


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