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20 Serenely Stylish Modern Zen Bedrooms

It is amazing to see how the word ‘Zen’ is something every design aficionado identifies even if he is not really well versed in the culture of the Far East. For those who love interior design, it represents a balance of elements, an air of tranquility and a style where mind and matter both find solace. The Japanese sect of Buddhism that the word hails from originally borrowed it from the concept of ‘dhyana’ of the Indian Vedic school of learning that the west today identifies as meditation. No wonder then that any Zen-inspired interior is heavily laced with Japanese and Indian artifacts and that unmistakable influence of Oriental style.

Today, we explore the world of Zen bedrooms and how they can transform much more than the mere aesthetics of your home. The Zen bedroom will alter your lifestyle, put your mind at ease and turn every moment in the bedroom into one of rejuvenation, relaxation and introspection. ‘Looking within’ is what these bedrooms promote, and we have lined up 20 of the very best inspirations that are diverse, modern and at times unconventional. Delve in!

Inspiring Elements from the Far East

The Asian-style bedroom is obviously the most popular choice for homeowners who wish to embrace the Zen-inspired look. This allows you to balance all the elements that Feng Shui talks about, and balance is indeed a key aspect of any interior that wants to exude this look of serenity. The traditional choices such as Shoji screens, bamboo décor, small water features, indoor ponds and that minimal platform bed which seems like a perfect fit in the Asian bedroom are options you can turn to. Lantern-style lighting also gives the room a more transcendental and calming appeal, which modern lighting fixtures simply cannot deliver.

Asian bedroom utilizes the classic Shoji Screen [From: Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty]
Asian bedroom utilizes the classic Shoji Screen [From: Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty]
Soothing wooden tones and natural materials give the bedroom with a view a tranquil touch
Soothing wooden tones and natural materials give the bedroom with a view a tranquil touch
Awesome Asian bedroom exudes poise and refinement [From: Sébastien Mathé]
Awesome Asian bedroom exudes poise and refinement [From: Sébastien Mathé]

Unlike in most contemporary homes, the Zen bedroom demands a warmer color scheme that is filled with gentle wooden tones. The color palette can still be strictly neutral, but try staying away from colder and unappealing shades since visual harmony is also an essential part of the grand scheme of things. A touch of greenery is also an absolute must, as nature and Japanese design go hand in hand.

Zen bedroom combines style, comfort and tranquility
Zen bedroom combines style, comfort and tranquility
Dramatic master bedroom inspired by beach sunset theme [Design: International Custom Designs]
Dramatic master bedroom inspired by beach sunset theme [Design: International Custom Designs]
Warm and cozy Zen bedroom moves away from the stereotypes! [Design: Terri Weinstein Design]
Warm and cozy Zen bedroom moves away from the stereotypes! [Design: Terri Weinstein Design]
Zen bedroom is all about beautiful balance of elements [Design: The Interior Edge]
Zen bedroom is all about beautiful balance of elements [Design: The Interior Edge]

Contemporary Reinvention

The contemporary variants of the classic Zen style still remain true to many of the original principles but give them a more urbane twist. Since many of us might not wish to adopt that full-fledged Asian look, a good compromise is to create a minimal bedroom that is cozy, inviting and has a distinct character of its own. This is of course easier said than done, and the focus here must be on eliminating clutter while making sure that the bedroom is not too sterile and artificial.

Stunning mahogany-lined master bedroom with platform bed [Design: Bates Masi Architects]
Stunning mahogany-lined master bedroom with platform bed [Design: Bates Masi Architects]
Soft white leather headboard wall, bedside pendants and greenery fashion a rejuvenating bedroom [Design: Alexandra Fedorova Office]
Soft white leather headboard wall, bedside pendants and greenery fashion a rejuvenating bedroom [Design: Alexandra Fedorova Office]

Instead of a host of Asian decorating elements, just add one or two like the Shoji screen, Buddha statue, lantern-style lighting or any other decorative piece you feel is appropriate. But the rest of the room can remain modern, contemporary or minimal depending on your taste and the ambiance you wish to create. Small touches such as a potted plant or some bamboo shoots on the bedside table can also make a huge difference.

Custom wall mural creates a sense of harmony in the contemporary bedroom [Design: Kari McIntosh Design]
Custom wall mural creates a sense of harmony in the contemporary bedroom [Design: Kari McIntosh Design]
Lighting and minimalism give this contemporary bedroom a Zen-inspired look [Design: Mia Rao Design]
Lighting and minimalism give this contemporary bedroom a Zen-inspired look [Design: Mia Rao Design]
Relaxing modern bedroom with Zen-inspired simplicity [Design: Causa Design Group]
Relaxing modern bedroom with Zen-inspired simplicity [Design: Causa Design Group]
Contemporary-Zen bedroom style is an absolute showstopper [Design: West Chin Architects & Interior Designers]
Contemporary-Zen bedroom style is an absolute showstopper [Design: West Chin Architects & Interior Designers]

Zen-tastic That Fits Your Style!

The Zen bedroom is not just about décor and accessories alone. In fact, any bedroom with a comforting ambiance, a wonderful sense of harmony and an affinity towards nature and all things natural can fit the billing with ease. This means that you can pretty much turn a bedroom of almost any style (almost) into one that seems Zen-inspired. Obviously styles such as Bohemian, eclectic or shabby chic are quickly out of the running, but industrial, rustic and even Mediterranean styles can embrace the timeless Zen look. Start here with a soothing backdrop that is devoid of too much color and work outwards by eliminating the unnecessary. Minimalism, poise and the right lighting are the key components here.

Bleached salvaged wood used to create custom platform bed in the industrial bedroom [Design: SUBU Design Architecture]
Bleached salvaged wood used to create custom platform bed in the industrial bedroom [Design: SUBU Design Architecture]
Landscape around the house becomes a part of the gorgeous Asian bedroom in Aussie home [Design: Suzanne Hunt Architect]
Landscape around the house becomes a part of the gorgeous Asian bedroom in Aussie home [Design: Suzanne Hunt Architect]
Rustic bedroom with amazing forest views is Zen-conjuring in its own unique way [Design: Dwyer Design]
Rustic bedroom with amazing forest views is Zen-conjuring in its own unique way [Design: Dwyer Design]
Design of the bathroom adds to the aura of the serene master bedroom [Design: Webb & Brown-Neaves]
Design of the bathroom adds to the aura of the serene master bedroom [Design: Webb & Brown-Neaves]
Lantern style lighting is the perfect choice for the Zen bedroom [Design: Phil Kean Design Group]
Lantern style lighting is the perfect choice for the Zen bedroom [Design: Phil Kean Design Group]
A tranquil bedroom for those who love Scandinavian minimalism [From: Urban Angles Photography]
A tranquil bedroom for those who love Scandinavian minimalism [From: Urban Angles Photography]
Zen-styled bedroom with Mediterranean panache [Design: Ernesto Santalla]
Zen-styled bedroom with Mediterranean panache [Design: Ernesto Santalla]

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