Zen Bedroom Basics

A perfect balance for the mind, body and spirit

By Denise Turner, ASID, CID, CMG


A Zen bedroom is an indulgent oasis that purifies and rejuvenates the mind, body, and spirit. It's a place where you love to spend time and escape the stresses of the outside world. Through ancient Chinese teachings, we have learned of the holistic benefits of the natural elements. These elementsincluding color and essences, and the traditional five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and waterare evident in all good design. The Zen bedroom incorporates a balance of elements and design to enhance your life.

Looking to add some Zen to your bedroom? Follow these suggestions for using elements and color.

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The Element of Wood

Add the element of wood, represented by the color green and symbolizing spring, growth, and plant life. Wood energy is expansive, nurturing, and versatile—especially nice qualities for a bedroom. Wood elements for the bedroom include bamboo flooringsisal rugs, wooden cabinets, and beautiful plants.
by Lori Dennis

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