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.
- 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
- Meditation room styles
- What colour the room should be
- What the most important items are for a meditation room
- 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 meditation 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.
Having a meditation room at home is a good idea because 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.
Either way, you want to create a Zen space, somewhere that is like a retreat at home.
The best idea for meditation rooms is to choose a mood and create it via your decor.
Meditation rooms should reflect the mood you want to feel, whether that’s inner peace or happiness.
You want the meditation space’s design to create positive feelings every time your go in it. And the way you do that is through specific choices in design. Meditation room decor should center around one basic choice: how do you want to feel.
So let me ask you right now: How do you want to feel in your meditation room? Design the room so it creates that feeling.
Let me share some ideas on how.
The Best Ideas For Meditation Room Decor And Design
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.And once you are finished you will be able to do your own meditation retreat at home.
1. The most important design choice for home meditation rooms is this: Where are are you going to put it?
It’s a bright idea for meditation room 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 do a two-for-one and make it into a home yoga studio too.
Either way, the ides is: one room for meditation, that is dedicated to meditation.
Do you live in a house? An apartment? A condominium? What type of home do you have? Is it large or small, new or old?
Whatever type of home you live in, there will be room to create a meditation space. 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.
You can make a meditation room in an apartment, in a mansion, or even in a garage if you really want to. But do decide where you will make the meditation room.
When you decide which part of your house to make into your DIY Zen meditation room, you will immediately get a sense of how you want the meditation room to be designed.
For instance, if you’re choosing to use a corner of your lounge, and your lounge happens to be modern, then you will already have ideas for the best colour of the meditation room, and ideas for decor too (because you will want it to match the surrounding area). . .
So, do you have your pen and paper, or a computer document open? Somewhere you can make some notes? No?
-Go grab something you can take notes.
- – Write down where in the house you will create your Zen meditation room.
2. Get more ideas for the meditation room by deciding what type of meditation you will do in it
Remember that this space is functional. And the function is meditation. This is a room to meditate in. Design it in a way that works for the specific type of meditation you want to do.
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 and meditation music:
- Treat yourself. Listen to this beautiful meditation music.
If you want to do sound 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 meditations:
If you are going to do breathing meditations you might want a sound-proofed meditation room to help you focus, especially if you live in a loud house or apartment.
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. After all, no Buddhist meditation room decor is complete without some Buddha-related items.
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. You’re best to decorate meditation rooms in a minimal way if you want to get active (simply so you dont bump into anything) . And you ill need certain items like mats.
3. When designing a meditation room, colour is everything
One of the most important design decisions for meditation rooms: Colour.
The colour of meditation rooms is usually what gives them their specific moods. For instance make a blue room for calmness and a purple one for spirituality.
Once you’ve chosen your meditation room colour, decor should be chosen in such as way to make a colour palette. For instance, you could do a blue meditation room with white accents for relaxation and purity. Make the meditation room’s colour scheme create the right feeling.
Let’s take a look at the effect of different colours in meditation rooms. .
The effects of different colours in meditation rooms
Red: This is the best colour for a meditation room if you want to evoke vitality. Lots of temples are red because red creates feelings of warmth and love. But for some this colour will be too exciting and not conducive to relaxation. This colour also makes people impulsive (which is why most fast food restaurants use red in their logo and decor).
Blue: One of the most popular colours for meditation rooms is blue Blue creates calm and relaxing feelings and is reassuring. One of the most relaxing colours, use blue for a chill-out zone. Incidentally, if you want to lose weight go with blue. Studies show blue is relaxing and also curbs your hunger. (1)
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 colours 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 meditations, this is a good colour choice. .
Yellow: Yellow is an optimistic and happy colour good for a Buddhist meditation room or yoga space. If you’re doing meditation techniques like Smiling Buddha Technique and other meditations for happiness, yellow is a good choice.
Pink: Pink is a good colour for meditation rooms that are about calmness and positivity. Pink rooms are good for practicing meditations for love, but not the best for other meditations.
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. Choosing the best items to decorate a meditation
When you’re thinking about how to design a meditation room at home, consider the features and meditation furniture you would like to have there.
My article on the most important tools for meditation provides extra information
When you make a meditation room, design it with these items in mind:
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 meditation room.
Meditation 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 meditation cushion is so important. To help you out, I’ve create a guide to the best meditation chairs.
Yoga mat / Meditation mat:
A no-brainer really. If this is a yoga meditation room you will need a good meditation mat or yoga 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.
Meditation crystals are one of the most popular items. If you would like to practice crystal meditation, choose a crystal that works with the area. Take a look at my guide to the best meditation crystals.
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 meditation room, you might want to include a Tibetan Singing Bowl.
You might like to add an auditory component to your meditation space. A Tibetan Singing Bowl is a great choice. 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: (see picture above)
Who doesn’t love the sound of water when they’re meditating? Install a water feature and you’ll feel like you’re living in the heart of nature while you’re mediating.
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.
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
Who doesn’t love nature?
One of the best ideas for meditation room decor is to include some indoor plants for meditation room aromatherapy!
Nature is the most beautiful and pure element in the world. And it is valuable to meditation practice too. That why when you’re doing Zen room design you should include natural elements.
Ask yourself what natural elements you can introduce to your room. We have already discussed water features, which make for beautiful features. And you might like to include plants next to that water feature.
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. These are all good plants for a meditation room.
I chose a Chinese Evergreen, which is pretty and is great for detoxifying the air.
6. To make a meditation room more comfortable, get some fresh air (epecially if it’s a yoga meditation room)
Fresh air is very important in a yoga 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 air is also very relaxing and will help you to focus when you are meditating.
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.
And, this is doubly important for yoga rooms or tai chi rooms, because your body needs the oxygen even more in that case.
So here’s the deal:
You will need at least one window in your meditation room. But for the best effect you might like to use a ground floor room with a sliding door so that you can open the door and feel like you are living in nature.
7. When you design a meditation room, decorate it with 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 your mood when you are in your meditation room.
For a great guide to mood lighting, take a look at The Neighbor Newspapers article.
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 of course, nothing beat natural lighting.
And those are my bet ideas for meditation room decor. What did you think?
With the tips above you will create a meditation space that is both practical and beautiful.
Now you have a Zen meditation room, why not:
- Take your Zen to the kitchen with our guide to the Zen Of Cooking.
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