Today we’re going to be designing a meditation room at home.
If you’re a proud home owner who loves meditating, you are going to get so much out of this guide.
- How to design a mindful environment
- 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 for you to meditate at home.
Let’s get started.
Why build a meditation room?
Having the proper space to meditate in is an important part of practice. This can be a meditation room. Or you might like to create a meditation garden.
A meditation room needs to reflect the mood you want to achieve when you’re meditating. For most people you will want what I call a “Zen-sational” relaxation zone (catchy name, ay?). It’s a place that when you enter it you immediately feel yourself relaxing.
Have you ever been to a Buddhist temple? They are wonderful, relaxing places.
You want the meditation space to conjure that same sort of feeling. Your home is your temple. And you want your home to help you to find inner peace, to help you to reach enlightenment, and to help you to unwind and relax.
A good relaxation space will help you to relax and will promote focus and inner calm.
So, how exactly do we go about designing the perfect room, somewhere you can proudly sit your most beloved Buddha statue.
How To Design Your Own Meditation Room At Home
Whether you are looking for 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. Choose which room of your house to use as a meditation space
It’s a wise choice to dedicate one of the rooms of your home to meditation. And you might also like to do yoga at home.
One space: total Zen.
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 for a meditation space.
I’ve seen meditation spaces in mansions and I’ve seen them in much more humble homes too. But of course, the size and type of home that you have will affect the design of your meditation room. In some cases it will not be a “room” but more of a space taking up part of one room.
You can create a good meditation space wherever you are. But first of all, decide which room of the house you will use, or, if needs be, decide which specific part of a room you will use (for instance, you might choose to use one corner of your basement for a meditation space).
When you decide which room of your house or apartment to use, you will immediately get a sense of how you want the 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 want the meditation space to reflect the style of the rest of the room. You’ll want it to be modern and comfortable like the rest of the lounge.
Of course, if you’re choosing to dedicate an entire room of your home to meditation then you have more options. In that case you can design the room however you like.
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 which room of the house or which area you will use for meditation.
2. What type of meditation are you going to do in this space?
You know you want a room for meditation. But do you know what type of meditation you’re going to do there?
Your actual meditation practice will heavily influence the design of your room.
The majority of beginner meditators use two types of meditation: breathing meditaitons and guided meditations. Is this you? If so, there are a few important things to bear in mind when it comes to designing a meditation room.
For guided meditations and meditation music:
- Treat yourself. Listen to this beautiful meditation music.
you are going to need some sort of playback device. It could just be your laptop if you’re using Youtube. Or you could have a music system for a higher quality of sound. And you will probably want a surround sound music system with high quality speakers. Or you could just take your phone or tablet and use your headphones. It totally depends on how high quality you want the sound to be. While you’re in your meditation room with your high quality sound system, be sure to listen to our collection of the most beautiful meditation music in the world (see the link above)
For breathing meditations:
If you are going to do breathing meditations you will need the meditation space to be a quiet room. Is that easy to achieve in your house? Or are your kids constantly making noise? If your home is noisy how are you going to quieten it? You could choose to soundproof your room (you can do this quite economically. Take a look at Chris Woodford’s guide to soundproofing a room on Explain That Stuff.
For Buddhist meditations:
Rooms for Buddhist meditation are going to need specific items. For instance, you might like to have a Buddha statue, a mani stone, or other items that reflect Buddhism and the teachings of the dharma.
For Yoga / Tai Chi / Dynamic Meditation / Dance Meditation:
If you are going to be moving around in the meditation room you’re going to need a yoga mat and a fair amount of real estate. For instance, if you’re doing dynamic meditation you are going to be throwing your arms about and you will need to avoid injury. And if you’re using your room for yoga you will need a yoga mat and possibly other items such as blocks.
So far we have chosen where your meditation space will be and what type of meditation you will do there. And we have looked at specific requirements for different meditation techniques. Now let’s talk about room design.
3. When it comes to deciding how to design your own meditation room at home, consider colour.
- Make your home beautiful with my guide to Feng Shui-ing Your Place
You will want to consider colour therapy when designing your room.
Different colours have different psychological traits (for instance, blue is calm, purple is spiritual). Bear this in mind when you choose the colours for your room.
Do you want an exciting room in oranges and reds, or a relaxing room in greens and blues? If you are designing a Feng Shui room, remember to go by the Feng Shui Bagua.
Let’s take a look at how different colours will affect the meditation practice.
What colour should your meditation room be?
Red: Red is a fantastic colour for increasing 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: 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 rooms curb your hunger. (1)
White: White creates feelings of purity and calmness. This is a very good colour for a general meditation space.
Grey: Greys make you feel more productive and more grounded. So if you want your meditation space to be a good grounding space, grey is a good choice.
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 want your room to be your happy place, this is a good choice.
Yellow: Yellow is an optimistic and happy colour that will make your room more joyful. If you’re doing meditation techniques like Smiling Buddha Technique and other meditations for happiness, this yellow rooms are perfect.
Pink: Pink rooms are calm and create warm feelings. 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.
Brown: Brown is the colour of Earth and is grounding. If you’re using meditation to get grounded, this is a good choice, 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. Features and furniture for your meditation room
When you’re thinking about how to design your own meditation room at home, consider the features and furniture you would like to have in your room.
My article on the most important tools for meditation provides extra information.
The most popular products for meditation rooms are:
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 you’re going to be doing yoga 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 your room. Take a look at my guide to crystal meditation for more on this.
If you are a Buddhist then this really is a must. I’ve put together a guide to the best Buddha statues.
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 room (some bowls are truly beautiful)
Take a look at Tibetan Singing Bowl Buying Guide for more on this.
Water feature: (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 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. Use natural decorations including aromatherapy and detoxifying plants
Who doesn’t love nature?
Nature is the most beautiful and pure element in the world. And it is valuable to meditation practice too.
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 plants that offer aromatherapy (for instance, plants that smell like jasmine, such as Lily of the Valley) and plants that detoxify the air, such as Bamboo Palm and Peace Lily. Not only do these add visual attraction to your meditation room they detoxify and scent the room too.
I chose a Chinese Evergreen, which is pretty and is great for detoxifying the air.
6. Get some fresh air in your meditation space
Fresh air is very important in a meditation room.
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. Make sure your meditation space is lit properly
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.
What to do next
With the tips above you will create a meditation space that is both practical and beautiful.
Now you have a meditation room, why not:
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