Whether we like it or not, the fast pace of modern life seems like it’s here to stay. With notification after notification giving us mental whiplash from the moment we open our eyes, it’s no surprise that we’re craving calm. The good news is that our environments have the power to either magnify the stress and hurry in your heart and schedules, or help settle, still, and provide reprieve from the hustle and bustle. We’ll take the latter, thanks.
Take this as the sign you didn’t know you needed to clean the slate and start the day refreshed, renewed, and rested, right at home.
The Majayana Buddhist teaching of Zen emphasizes the clarity, awareness, and wisdom attained through being present in the moment. It is not studied, conquered, or achieved, but rather experienced, practiced, and pursued. The welcoming of change as a constant and pursuit of balance amidst the change reaps tranquility and serenity. By eliminating clutter and visual noise in the home, we can allow more space for such discovery. To help home feel more like a sanctuary and less like a stressor, opt for a balance of form: rounded corners, soft textures, and organic lines paired with geometric angles, open space, and polished materials. Prioritize the necessities over niceties, trading trendy decor for mood-boosting functional items. To reduce audio-distractions, cover hard flooring with soft area rugs that dampen sound. Calming compositions, like our Zen Sanctuary Collection, can ground the room without overwhelming you or your space.
A Call to Nature
The true master of tranquil balance? Mother Nature. The growth and respect that nature boasts can transform any space into a sanctuary. Natural colors like warm taupe, light sand, mushroom brown, sage green, cloud white, and charcoal gray evoke nature’s empowering repose, right at home. Mixing warm and cool, light and dark earth tones in your space can portray a visual balance, setting you at ease. Bring the outside in with dried branches, florals or potted plants. Textiles and rugs with nature motifs like waves, tree rings, or topography provide visual rhythm with the power to regulate emotions and escalating thoughts.
The best way to find peace, calm and tranquility is to eliminate that which encourages the alternative. Take a minute to evaluate what may cause stress or worry in your home. Perhaps clutter or mess set you on edge. Maybe your anxiety spikes each time you hear your phone buzz or your computer ping. Or you may feel the need to present a perfect, pristine home to guests when they join you in your space. Whatever pushes your buttons, seek solutions that eliminate the stress, instead of treating the symptoms. Shift any workspace, like a home office desk, out of your bedroom, if possible. Place your phone on a charger when at home, instead of your pocket. Choose performance fabric furniture and washable rugs wherever possible so accidents are welcomed, instead of feared. Trust us, the less time you spend worrying about your home, the more time you spend enjoying your space and those who fill it.
Our homes are ever changing, ever-evolving, ever-growing, just like us. Offer yourself grace and freedom today to make a change. Go ahead, rid yourself of the distractions, clutter, and obligations that rid your mind with angst. Instead, find contentment, rest, and comfort in that which brings you joy. Set your soul, mind and body at ease at home with our Zen Sanctuary Collection.