One consistent element of a zen home is to include a bonsai tree somewhere in your décor. Homeowners often display a bonsai tree in their living room, a zen bedroom or a dining room as it adds a tranquil accent to the ambiance of a home.
You do need to care for your bonsai tree if you want it to grow and strive in your home. This post will provide tips on how to care for a bonsai tree:
WATER YOUR BONSAI TREE
The same as other household plants, you need to water your bonsai tree on a regular basis in order for it to both survive and strive in your home. You should water your bonsai tree one time each week. You need to water the tree and the soil until bubbles start to appear on the surface of the soil. The bubbles indicate that the tree has absorbed enough of the water.
SUNLIGHT FOR YOUR BONSAI TREE
Your bonsai tree will need as much sunlight as possible as bonsai trees are indigenous to warm climates that receive several hours of sun and heat each day. You should place your bonsai tree on a desk or table that receive direct sunlight from a window in the room.
PRUNE YOUR BONSAI TREE
To prune a bonsai tree is one of the more relaxing elements of owning the plant. You should prune the top growth with bonsai clippers. Do not use a standard pair of scissors for this process. You need to prune the dead branches of the bonsai tree and prune the top in order to shape its growth.
SOIL FOR YOUR BONSAI TREE
Bonsai trees require specialty bonsai soil from a gardening store or online. Standard plant soil is not good for bonsai trees. The soil needs to drain quickly but still retain water. You also need to purchase fertilizer for the tree and feed it fertilizer in the spring and fall seasons of the year.
You can see there is some work involved in owning a bonsai tree but it is a beautiful addition to a zen home and well worth the maintenance and care.
You can read past posts to learn how to create a zen bathroom and zen bedroom in your home. In our post today, we will provide ideas on how to create a zen kitchen for you to eat and prepare healthy meals in.
This can be accomplished with our zen design tips for your kitchen:
You want wood cabinets in your zen kitchen with modern and minimal square designs similar to a traditional Japanese home. The finish should be a light wood stain or bamboo. The surface of the cabinet should be smooth and sleek without much decoration.
You should have a dedicated place for everything in your zen kitchen. You can use drawers or hanging hooks but be sure that once you are done using an item in your kitchen you return it to its correct storage location. The less clutter in a kitchen the more zen and tranquil it will be.
A zen kitchen will feature neutral colors throughout its design. You can contrast a dark counter or kitchen island with light wood floors or vice versa but do not include bold colors or patterns. Typical colors for a zen kitche should include sand, taupe and cream.
DESIGN WITH PURPOSE
The bowls and plates and other kitchen items should double as the décor for the room. Minimalism is a key component of a zen kitchen. If each item in the room serves a dual purpose it will eliminate the need for more clutter or items in the room.
If possible, place the dining room table in a room different from the kitchen. You want open traffic paths and open spaces in this room. We recommend an island in the kitchen that accommodates one or two stools for quick and more casual meals in the kitchen.
You will have a zen kitchen to retreat to and prepare fabulous meals if you follow our design tips outlined above.
Your bathroom in your home should be peaceful and serene. This is key to create a zen bathroom. This is one room you should be able to escape to in your home and feel at peace and 100% relaxation.
There are several ways to ensure your bathroom has a zen feel to it. We will provide a few tips on how to create a zen bathroom you will love:
CLEAR OUT CLUTTER
There is sometimes a tendency to “over design” a room. You should not do this in your bathroom if your intent is to create a zen atmosphere.
Hang just one picture on the wall since another wall will have a mirror on it. The mirror plus one piece of artwork is enough for a zen appearance. You want the artwork to be the focal point of the room perhaps displayed across from the toilet in the bathroom.
You should leave the vanity clear of décor and leave any additional furniture or wide items out of the room.
ONE WITH NATURE
If this is part of a bathroom remodel, we recommend the bathtub be place right underneath a large window. This will let you open the window and be one with nature as you relax in the warm bathtub. There is nothing more zen than a warm bath in a serene bathroom in your home.
Include one small plant somewhere in the décor. This could be a tall plant on the floor next to the vanity or a small bamboo plant or table plant for a shelf.
Paint the walls in a very light and soothing tone. You should also decorate with white towels and tan or brown accessories. A zen bathroom will not feature bold accents or décor but rather subdued tones and colors such as sand or taupe.
There should be an open flow to the bathroom. You want wide open paths for walking or caring for your personal needs in the room. You should feel very free in this space, not claustrophobic.
These are just a few tips to create a zen bathroom you will feel at peace in in your home. Visit essence-zen.com again for more décor ideas.
You want every room in your home to put your mind at ease. Your home is a place to relax and feel comfortable.
No room should be more peaceful and relaxing than your bedroom. You should decorate your bedroom with this in mind.
Our decorating tips will help you create a calm, peaceful bedroom for you to retire too after a long day:
LESS IS MORE
Leave excessive amounts of décor and furnishings for other rooms in your home. The idea of “less is more” should apply to your bedroom. Minimalism is much more peaceful and relaxing than clutter is. Only add one or two pictures on the walls of your bedroom and have as little furniture as necessary to store your clothing and other personal items.
COMFORT IS KEY
Invest in the most comfortable and most-plush bed and bedding you can afford. A good night’s sleep is so important to both your physical health and your mental well-being. If the choice is behind a larger TV screen or a more comfortable mattress, we recommend purchasing the mattress as well as cozy sheets and plush pillows too! Purchase as many pillows as you feel you need for maximum comfort as you sleep.
Consider installing a dimmer switch in your bedroom in order to leave the lighting level at something more soothing in the evening hours. You should also have a bedside table with a small table lamp on it as another option for dim but functional lighting in the bedroom.
You want to install carpet in your bedroom for a cushioned and comfortable step and you might consider going one step further and placing area rugs on top of the carpet throughout the room. This will double the cushioning of the floor. You should purchase a shag rug or or a rug with a thick pad for extra comfort.
A soothing scent is essential for relaxation in the bedroom. The most popular Essential Oil for relaxation is Lavender and we recommend you purchase a bottle and a diffuser for your bedroom. Letting the scent of Lavender fill the air in your bedroom as you sleep is extremely soothing and beneficial to the quality of your night’s sleep.
Implement these design tips for a zen bedroom in your home that will help you relax after a long day and more importantly, help you enjoy a sound night of sleep that will energize your mind and your soul for the next day.
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