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 elements—including color and essences, and the traditional five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—are 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.
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 flooring, sisal rugs, wooden cabinets, and beautiful plants.
Add the element of fire, symbolized by the color red, to bring a sense of summer, fire, and heat to your room. Fire energy is passion, honor, and fairness, and fire can be warming or aggressive. Examples of fire elements for the bedroom include burning candles, light fixtures, man-made materials, and symbols or artwork of the sun. Remember, a little fire in a bedroom goes a long way!
Add the element of earth if you crave a nurturing environment with elements of grounding and wisdom. Earth can be supporting and interacting with all of the other elements. The earth colors are tan and yellow. Examples of earth elements for the bedroom include granite counter surfaces, porcelain tile floors, and beach stone inlay flooring.
Add the element of metal to introduce the sense of autumn and strength to your space. Metal’s nature represents solidity and the ability to contain objects; its colors are white and gold. Examples of metal elements for the bedroom include cabinet hardware, vases, sculptures, and clocks.
Add the element of water to symbolize winter, purification, and a gentle rain or a storm. Water’s colors are blue and black, and suggest the inner self, beauty, and art. Water is nurturing and supports with understanding. Examples of water elements for the bedroom include meandering patterns, fish tanks, and artwork of rivers, lakes, or streams.
In addition to incorporating the right colors and elements, define your room with clean lines and indulge yourself with a well-crafted bed, fluffy pillows, and linens made with soft, organic fabrics. Of course clutter—whether in the room or in the mind—has to be eliminated to support you holistically.
By using these ideas, you too can create a wonderful, personal space. You deserve to come home to a beautiful, relaxing Zen bedroom that balances your mind, body, and spirit.
Denise Turner, ASID, CID, CMG is an award winning international colorist and speaker, color and design trend forecaster, Color Therapy specialist, marketing expert, author, and president of the Color Turners. She is an authority on cultural colors for the US and international market.
Denise regularly appears in the press, as a media spokesperson for ASID National and CMG Expert Speaker’s Bureau. She is an ASID professional member, former ASID chapter president, Certified Interior Designer, CMG Chair Holder CCIDC (California Council for Interior Design Certification) Board Member, ASID Designated Seat and UCLA graduate.