Zen is a way of life — an intensely personal, severely pared-down search for meaning that elevates simplicity to an art form. Zen design embodies this minimalist philosophy, making use of natural materials, patterns of light and space, and a near-monastic rejection of clutter. A Zen home is meant to be relaxing, contemplative and visually balanced and appealing. The ideas for structuring a life work just as well for interior design.

A zen inspired design is all about natural colours, in soft tones, such as white, grey, shades of beige or pink beige, which have the power to induce a sense of relaxation and calmness. Chromatic harmony between the various elements is very important, as well as the visual continuity between walls, furniture and floors.

In order to add contour to a monochrome room, you may always choose to combine a dominant colour with matching objects and textured textiles such as white with moleskin or beige with rosewood. To create diversity combine two matching colours or play with degrades of your favorite color.

In terms of interior design, it’s the design of a space or things that creates a therapeutic effect for the user. Creating spaces that give stress free relaxation with peace and tranquil effects. Serene and calming effects of space design. Good example are the Japanese Zen Gardens.

You don’t have to be a monk to live like one. Keep enough stuff to run your life and venerate your ancestral tchotchkes — just keep most of it out of sight most of the time. Storage is crucial to living with Zen style in the 21st century. Maybe you can’t do without the flat screen, the sound system, your computer games and the family’s collection of laptops, but they don’t have to be on constant display. Built-in cabinets that disappear into matching walls hold collections of books, media, clothes, kitchenware and sports gear. Try a salvaged wabi-sabi-style cabinet in the mudroom for boots, sneakers, racquets, jackets and shopping bags. Store your china and cookware in floor-to-ceiling laminated kitchen cupboards as white as the walls. Edit your clothes to determine what you actually wear, and then hang them up in the closet.

You can also use decorative indoor water fountains or falls (desktop fountains or floor stand alone ones), to give the gentle sounds of calming cascading waters which is soothing to the mind and soul.