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Planning an interior design for a meditation room; where do you start? Here are 6 pointers directly from expert interior designers to help you take the first step.
Whether you practice yoga, need a personal oasis, or are looking to create a Zen-like atmosphere in an existing room, creating a designated meditation area in your home will help you achieve your personal and spiritual goals. Due to the frequent interruptions of our busy lives today, escaping to a private space for meditation is just as important as carving away the time for rejuvenation and healing.
You’ll want to incorporate elements that personally make you feel peaceful and happy, but if you’re stuck on ideas, look no further. We’ve gathered some expert tips from some of the top interior designers across the nation, which are sure to help you discover your own creativity. For those of you looking to hire an interior designer, these suggestions are a great starting point for conversation and collaboration.
1. Consider the location
- Flickr – Mooganic
These days, it seems like everyone is hustling and bustling full speed ahead. That being said, who wouldn’t want their own personal meditation room? When thinking about designing such a space, there are several things to consider.
The first one is the location. You want a quiet, cozy space whether indoors or outdoor. Ideally, the space will have some natural light in addition to soft supplemental light. Some type of white noise or meditative music is nice. In addition, a water feature is great for audio and visual stimulation. Lastly, a view to the outdoors as well as a soothing, spa like color scheme to complete the room. These elements along with some personal touches will help create a memorable and relaxing oasis to call your own.
2. Clear all clutter
- Teresina Orie Agresta
When creating a room dedicated to meditation it’s important to make sure the space is free of clutter. Clutter clouds your mind and makes it difficult to relax. You’ll want to embrace whatever nature you have surrounding the space by bringing the outdoors in.
You can do that by keeping the drapes open and use soothing colors like white, pale blues, greens, and soft beige tones. For your focus point try a beautiful potted tree and add wind chime outside the window; these and additional symbols of the four elements found in nature help you connect with the world around you. Make sure you keep it simple and if you’re using candles, make sure they’re in a safe place.
Lastly, make sure it’s comfortable for you. Everyone has their own idea of what comfortable means to them, so make sure it speaks to you and allows you to relax and go inward.
3. Build a focal point
I imagine this room as having a tall ceiling with ceiling fans from a company called “Modern Fans.” I would select white. I would also do great big paper light fixtures in interesting oval and large round or square shapes so that when you do look up it’s very cloud like. If its in an industrial space where the ceiling can be painted, I would paint it a very pale blue/sea foam green. The floor would have to be a glossy polyurethane light colored floor.
I would build a focal point with a big blown up piece of art of either photography that puts you in the woods on a path or a great picture of the Buddha. All mats and fabric covered pillows would be light blue and white with a protective coating to ensure they would not get dirty. In fact I would use an outdoor fabric I would leave them out and make them easily accessible. I would have a tall candelabra made of metal and white trays with fat light blue candles and varying heights. Again my approach and vision would be light, airy, and sky-like.
4. Make it your own
- John Ishmael
I believe that meditation is a deeply personal experience, so it’s important that a meditation room fits the personality of the user of the space. There are no rules to follow here – so just make it your own! Whether it’s a whole room or just a special corner devoted to meditation, it’s important to create a space in your home that helps you achieve peace, tranquility and emotional well-being.
I had a client recently who decided to turn the dressing room off of her master bedroom into just such an escape. She wanted a space to recharge her body both physically and mentally, and keep her balanced. We brought it a lot of tactile elements, and splashes of her favorite color (pink!). We added posters and art, collected by the homeowner over the years, to make it feel distinctly “hers”. The result was a peaceful retreat where she can go to heal her mind, body and soul.
4. Keep it comfortable
The perfect meditation room to me is a place free of any distractions and clutter and helps you feel balanced and calm…you would want it to be relaxing and inspiring at the same time. Here are some elements to consider incorporating:
- a comfortable place to sit
- natural soft light-consider a sheer curtain to diffuse the light
- dimmers for lighting for different times of the day
- nature in the form of greenery, stones etc.
- personal touches like candles or crystals
5. Get inspired with aromatherapy
A meditation room is a very personal space. It should be decorated with colors and accessories that provide comfort to the user of the room. Aromatherapy candles placed with motivation and true intention is an inspiring way to ease your mind and help you achieve your goals.
6. Make any room a meditation room
- design by Nestor Santa-Cruz, rendering by Dariush Vaziri
Most of my clients want their personal bedrooms to feel like a spa. They mediate, practice yoga, or simply relax and want peaceful gadget-free rooms. If they don’t do this in their rooms, they want a daybed in a library or other parts of the house to cuddle, listen to soft music, or stay away from noise and distractions. Less is more always works.
A tester bed provides a room-within a-room effect. Soft drapery veils to filter natural light, and controlled artificial direct/indirect light; views to nature, and sky; the warmth of fireplace surrounds it. Textures are soft, but interesting to see and touch. Art and color only to concentrate at a distance. The last and first thing you see after closing your eyes to meditate is important.
Here are some decorating tips that I find appropriate for setting the mood, and for providing visual and physical comfort.
- Orient the bed, daybed or comfortable chairs and ottomans towards an exterior view, or a soothing piece of art.
- If possible near a fireplace and operable window: warmth & soft breezes welcome.
- Have all lights on dimmers, and have them at several levels in the room: table lamps, ceiling lights, floor/reading lamps. I have 4 types of lights around my bed –all on separate controls.
- Add layers of throw blankets and pillows: from light weight cashmeres (Loro Piana) to thicker wool ones (Hermes), and soft and firm cushions.
- Keep the color palette soft, let brighter colors be more of an accent, and if anything, just to act as a focal point.
- Don’t forget the floors: soft and warm wool or silk rugs, layers of them are okay.
- Ceilings, I recommend flat and in soft whites tones, but a skylight might further connect you to your dreams…
- Add a favorite art piece that brings positive memories or reflect your passions, add small photographs of loved one(s).
- Keep it “sotto voce”.
Your meditations on meditation rooms
Do you have a meditation space, or even just a space that is reserved for quiet activities? What have been some of your approaches to designing and furnishing that space? Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.