In this guide, I am going to share my best ideas for Zen meditation rooms at home. I’ll show you how to design a Zen room you can relax in so your home will be more Zen.
If you’re a proud homeowner who loves meditating, you are going to get so much out of this guide.
- How to create a space to meditate in at home.
- How to make a meditation room
- Ideas for Zen room decor
- Decorating and interior design tips
- Room styles
- What colour the room should be
- 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 take your own DIY mindfulness retreat.
Let’s get started.
7 Ideas for Zen Meditation Rooms At Home
If you want to make a Zen 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 backyard meditation space.
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 times 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 emotions 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 space.
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 will your zen room be?
First, you need to decide where you will be setting up your Zen meditation room.
It’s a bright idea for a meditation space 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 to use one room for meditation. One space that is specifically dedicated to your practice.
Whether you live in a house, a small apartment, or a condo, you will have enough space for a meditation room. I used to live in a small apartment. So, I had the idea for a corner-meditation space in my lounge, which I made using a Shoji (Japanese room divider). Simple. You can do the same thing for your bedroom, dining room… wherever. Now I’m in a house I am personally thinking about converting my basement into a meditation room or at least having a Zen corner in the basement.
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 home you will create your Zen meditation room.
2. What type(s) of meditation you will do in your Zen from?
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 won’t 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 soundproof 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 soundproof meditation room to help you focus, especially if your home is loud.
If you do want to soundproof the meditation space, I recommend reading Chris Woodford’s guide to soundproofing a place on Explain That Stuff.
For Buddhist meditation room designs:
The most important thing for Buddhist meditation rooms is the 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 minimally if you want to get active (simply so you don’t bump into anything). And you will need certain items like mats.
You might also like to include a Zen rock garden.
3. When designing a Zen room, colour is everything
One of the most critical design decisions when creating a meditation room is the colour.
Colour creates the mood. For instance, a blue room will be calming, and a purple room is 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 paint colours in meditation rooms
Red: Paint your meditation room red if you want to cultivate vitality. In Buddhism, red is associated with protection. Buddhist temples are red because Buddhists believe the colour will help protect them.
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 paint colour for a Zen room.
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 Zen room for active exercises, this is a good paint colour.
Yellow: Yellow is an optimistic and happy colour paint for a meditation room.
Pink: Creates a 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 paint it purple.
Brown: Brown is the colour of Earth and is grounding. A great choice for a Zen room, especially when mixed with grey.
Of course, you can use colour schemes. Temples are a combination of red (warmth and love), yellow (positivity) and brown (grounding).
4. Furniture and accessories to include in your Zen room:
Naturally, when you’re making a meditation room, there are certain items and pieces of meditation furniture you will want to add. You can go minimalist if you’re on a budget, or you can buy every mindfulness item you will ever need.
So, what do you need for a meditation room:
You will likely want a meditation table in your room. You can use this to hold accessories like Tibetan Singing Bowls, malas, crystals and so on. And you can also try decorating your table so it’s more of a shrine.
A meditation altar/shrine is a sacred space where you sit to meditate. You can decorate this altar as you like, and it will make one of the focal points of your area. This is especially great if you want to make a Hind mandir. If you don’t want to buy a mandir or altar you can always try decorating a table with sacred objects.
Cushion / chair:
It’s essential to choose a good meditation cushion. This is the number one furniture item you need. If you’re on a budget and limiting your purchases, make sure this is one item you do get.
Whenever you meditate, it is imperative 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.
A no-brainer really. If this is a yoga meditation room, you will need a good mat. These are economical and play an essential role in your practice. If you’re designing a yoga room, your mat should be one of your first considerations.
If you are Buddhist, or you simply love Buddha and dharma, you will definitely want to include a Buddha statue in your space.
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.
Tibetan Singing Bowl:
If this is a Buddhist meditation 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 beautiful decorative piece to the Zen room.
Buddha fountains and other water features
Who doesn’t love the sound of water when they’re meditating? Get a Buddha water fountain or feature, and you’ll feel like you’re living in the heart of nature while you’re meditating. My own Zen water feature (a little stone fountain) is one of my favourite parts of my space. Zen bamboo water fountains are also very popular.
Salt crystals are trendy at the moment. The theory is that they make your Zen room healthier by producing negative ions in the air.
In my experience, 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 try decorating your Zen room with art. Make sure to use relaxing images, like landscape paintings or yoga decals.
5. Decorating your meditation room with indoor plants
One lovely thing to add is some meditation plants.
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 excellent for detoxifying the air.
6. Fresh air
Fresh air is essential 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 essential for meditation. Plus, the feeling of the fresh air on your skin will help you to let go and unwind. Fresh air is especially important in the bedroom, simply because you’ll be in your bedroom for many hours, and you need the oxygen to keep your mind and body fresh.
7. Every Zen room needs natural light
Light is always important in interior design, and especially in a Zen room.
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 light 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.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison