How To Create A Meditation Room At Home

How To Create A Meditation Room At Home
A beautiful Zen meditation room will help you to relax and unwind and to focus when meditating. There are many different types of meditation room.

In this guide I am going to share my best ideas for home meditation room decor. I’ll show you how to design a meditation room you can relax in so your home will be more Zen. 

If you’re a proud home owner who loves meditating, you are going to get so much out of this guide.

You’ll learn:

  • How to create the perfect space so you can meditate in your home.
  • How to make a meditation room 
  • Ideas for decor of your Zen room
  • Design tips
  • Room styles  
  • What colour the room should be
  • What the most important items for decor
  • How to incorporate plants, cushions, pillows, and everything else you need
  • And by the end of it, you’ll be well on your way to having a stunning new meditation space where you can do your own DIY mindfulness retreat.

Let’s get started.

Why make a meditation room at home?

If you want to make a meditation room at home, it is going to take some time and also be a little bit expensive (depending on precisely what you want to do). So you might wonder what you’ll get out of it. 

There are lots of benefits of having a home meditation room. It gives you a dedicated space in which to practice. This can be a DIY meditation room. Or you might like to create a meditation garden

Whether you choose a room or garden you ultimately want to end up with a space around the house where you can practice, somewhere peaceful and relaxing, somewhere you can sit by yourself quietly and unwind.  

Inevitably there are times we want to be alone at home, and there are time when we need a relaxing space where we can just sit and focus. Having a Zen room will give you those things. 

Plus, you can design your space in such a way that it produces a certain feeling. For instance, you can make a meditation room for inner peace, or for positive feelings like joy and happiness. 

Choosing precisely how you want to feel should be the first thing you do. 

Once you have decided how you want to feel, you can start to think about the specific design of your home meditation room. 

 

7 Steps To Creating A Zen Meditation Room At Home 

Whether you are creating a zen room, Buddhist room, Japanese room or any other type of meditation space, these simple instructions are all you need. 

1. Where are are you going to put it?

It’s a bright idea for meditation rooms to take up one whole room of the house (if possible), and most likely a small room. Although if you do yoga at home you can opt for a two-for-one and make it into a home yoga studio.

Either way, the idea is: one room for meditation. One space that is specifically dedicated to your practice.  

Whether you live in a house, an apartment or a condo you will have enough space for a meditation room.  I used to live in a small apartment. The meditation room I made there was actually just a corner of my lounge that I separated with a divider. Simple. 

So, if you are creating a meditation room in an apartment, go small but divide it with some wall art so it looks like its own room.   

For a house, you will want to decide what room you’re going to turn into your meditation room.  

  • – Write down where in the house you will create your Zen meditation room. 

2. What type(s) of meditation you will do in it 

Decide what type(s) of practices you will be doing in the room. 

If you’re just doing breathing meditation or seated practices like Zen, this wont matter too much. But if you’re doing active meditations such as Dynamic Meditation, you will need the appropriate amount of space.

For guided meditations

If you want to do sound-based meditations it is a good idea for the meditation room to be sound proof or, at least, to include a high quality music system with some great noise cancelling headphones. 

For breathing techniques: 

If you are going to do breathing techniques you might want a sound-proofed meditation room to help you focus, especially if your home is loud.

If you do want to soundproof the meditation room, I recommend reading Chris Woodford’s guide to soundproofing a room on Explain That Stuff.

For Buddhist meditation room designs: 

The most important thing for Buddhist meditation rooms is decor. You will probably want to incorporate a Buddha statue, a mani stone, or other items that reflect Buddhism and the teachings of the dharma.  

For Yoga meditation room designs (Or Tai Chi / Dynamic Meditation / Dance Meditation): 

If you’re creating a yoga meditation room at home, space is vital. It’s a good idea to decorate meditation rooms in a minimal way if you want to get active (simply so you dont bump into anything) . And you will need certain items like mats.   

3. When designing a meditation room, colour is everything 

One of the most important design decisions when creating a meditation room is the colour.  

Colour creates mood. For instance, a blue room will be calming and a purple room will help you to feel spiritual.   

The items you put in the room should go with the colour of the walls so they make a colour scheme. For instance, you could do a blue meditation room with white accents for relaxation and purity.  

Let’s take a look at the effect of different colours in meditation rooms. .

The effects of different colours in meditation rooms

Red: Make your meditation room red if you want to cultivate vitality.  Lots of temples. In Buddhism, red is associated with protection. Buddhists chose red because they believe it will help protect their temples [source]

Blue: One of the most popular colours for meditation rooms is blue. Blue creates calm and relaxing feelings and is reassuring.  

White: White creates feelings of purity and calmness. This is a very good colour for a Zen meditation space.

Grey: Greys make you feel more productive and more grounded. So this is a good colour for a meditation room if you want to feel grounded. 

Orange: Orange is a warm, happy, and optimistic colour. If you’re one of my “positivity warriors” then this is a great colour for you. If you’re designing a meditation room for active exercises, this is a good choice. .

Yellow: Yellow is an optimistic and happy colour good for a Buddhist meditation room.

Pink: Creates feeling of calmness and love. 

Purple: In terms of colour psychology, purple is the colour of spirituality and helps you access the spiritual parts of your mind. So one of the best ideas for a spiritual meditation room is to include some purple. 

Brown: Brown is the colour of Earth and is grounding. Great choice for a Zen meditation room, especially when mixed with grey.

Of course, you can use colour combinations. Temples are a combination of red (warmth and love), yellow (positivity) and brown (grounding). You can learn more about colour combinations on House Beautiful.

4. Items to include:

Naturally, when you’re making meditation room there are certain items and pieces of furniture you will want to include. 

My article on the most important tools for meditation provides extra information. 

Here are some items you should definitey consider:

 

Meditation altar

A meditation altar / shrine is a sacred space where you will sit to meditate. You can decorate this altar as you like, and it will make one of the focal points of your space.

Cushion / chair: 

It’s very important to choose one of the best meditation cushions.

Whenever you meditate it is very important that you are comfortable and that you have good posture. If you’re not comfortable you will not be able to focus and your practice will be affected. That’s why a cushion is so important. To help you out, I’ve create a guide to the best meditation chairs.

Yoga mat / mat: 

A no-brainer really. If this is a yoga meditation room you will need a good  mat. These are economical and play an important rule in your practice. If you’re designing a yoga room your mat should be one of your first considerations.

Crystals:

 Meditation crystals are one of the most popular items. If you would like to practice crystal techniques, choose a crystal that works with the area. Take a look at my guide to the best meditation crystals.

Buddha statue: 

If this is a Buddhist meditation room, a statue is a must. I’ve put together a guide to the best Buddha heads.

Tibetan Singing Bowl:

If this is a Buddhist room, you might want to include a Tibetan Singing Bowl. There are two reasons why I love these: 1) they are great for meditating on. 2) They add a nice decorative piece to the Zen meditation room (some bowls are truly beautiful)

Take a look at Tibetan Singing Bowl Buying Guide for more on this.

Buddha fountains and other water features 

Who doesn’t love the sound of water when they’re meditating? Buy a water feature and you’ll feel like you’re living in the heart of nature while you’re mediating.

Salt crystals: 

Salt crystals are very popular at the moment. The theory is that they make your Zen meditation room healthier by producing negative ions in the air.

Artwork: 

In my experience, near everyone who is into spirituality is also into art (I know I am). So that is probably true for you too. And if that’s the case, you might like to include some artwork for your walls.

5. Using indoor plants for meditation rooms

chinese evergreen

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Who doesn’t love nature?

Aim to include some beautiful plants for both healthier air and aromatherapy! 

Nature is the most beautiful and pure element in the world. And it is valuable to meditation practice too. That’s why when designing a Zen room you should include natural elements. 

The best plants for meditation rooms include aromatherapy plants like jasmine and Lily of the Valley. Another option is detoxifying plants like Bamboo Palm and Peace Lily. I chose a Chinese Evergreen, which is beautiful and is great for detoxifying the air.

6. Fresh air!

Fresh air is very important in a yoga or meditation room, especially if you’re going to be exercising vigorously.

Remember, you may be using this room for physical exercise like yoga, tai chi and qigong as well as meditation. Your lungs will thank you for the fresh air. 

Fresh oxygen helps keep the brain healthy and the mind alert. So it is absolutely essential for meditation. Plus, the feeling of the fresh air on your skin will help you to let go and unwind. 

 

7. Natural lighting and atmospheric spotlights! 

Different qualities of lighting produce different moods. Think about how a romantic table for two is lit compared to how a store is lit.

You can use lighting to influence the mood of the room. 

Because lighting is so important, you might benefit from having lights with dimmer switches so that you can change the brightness. That way when you’re doing yoga you can have the room well-lit, and when you’re doing Trataka (gazing at a candle) you can dim the lights. 

And that’s how to create a meditation room at home!

With the tips above you will create a meditation space that is both practical and beautiful. 

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Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher and writer. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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