How are you? After the past few days, we completely understand if you're not entirely sure how to answer that question. Believe us when we say that the feeling is totally mutual. During times like these, when we just need a little respite from the world, our bedroom becomes even more of an escape. We can all rely on this cozy, personal, and incredibly special space when we need to seek solace from the chaos or reflect and unwind in the peace and quiet—if you need inspiration, then these badass books by female authors will renew your faith.
Whether you prefer a messy bed or a gender-neutral palette, there's one look that encourages a tranquil tone every time, and that's the zen bedroom design. This minimalistic, clutter-free, and placid vibe is the sanctuary we all need right now. Yes, please! To get your inspiration meter ticking, we found the 10 most zen bedrooms we've ever seen. Now you can breathe easy.
Remember to Add Texture
This serene bedroom from Homepolish takes the zen factor to the next level. After all, sweet dreams were made of exposed beams, and we would sleep safe and sound after staring at these timber beauties. To key to re-creating this peaceful room is in the texture. From the shaggy Moroccan rug to the pom-pom throw and the raw wooden beams above. Can we all hear a collective swoon?
Keep It Tonal
The secret to keeping the peace in any boudoir is sticking to a minimal color palette. Neutral tones ensure a calm and serene sentiment so you can breathe easy without distraction. If you need a pop of color, then add a bright throw on the end of your bed, hang some abstract art, or fix a metallic pendant above.
Let the Light In
To ramp up the tranquility, zen bedrooms are designed to let in as much natural light as possible. If you don't have floor-to-ceiling windows like this lovely space, then add some rattan pendant lighting to keep it well-lit. You'll feel the mood change—we promise.
Clear Any Distractions
Douglas Friedman/Trunk Archive
All zen bedrooms have one thing in common: Clutter is kept to a minimum. This is often easier said than done, but having a distraction-free zone is the key to evoking calm in the bedroom. There's no disturbance or confusion, nothing to bring your attention away from simply being present in that very moment. Enjoy the present.
Layer It Up
If you're a maximalist at heart and the idea of less makes you feel stressed, then add some layers to the mix. This zen bedroom evokes the bliss factor without overdoing it. The key here is pairing different fabrics together from linen to wool and faux-fur rugs. It makes it feel cozy and warm. Just the kind of mood we all want from a bedroom.
Make It Minimal
Alyssa Rosenheck for Laurel Powell
If you really want to take zen bedroom style seriously, then clear the room of everything and only introduce the bare minimum. Just include the main ingredients; a bed, a light, and a nightstand. This one also has some very neutral artwork and a skinny tufted bench to add a little flair, but that's it. Don't you just feel calm looking at this room? Ahhh…
Amy Bartlam for Homepolish
If you love a streamlined aesthetic but you want to add some visual interest, then consider a symmetrical layout for creating a zen bedroom. Just like this Homepolish boudoir, the design element offers balance and harmony without the clutter and distraction. It's the perfect touch, and it doesn't take much.
When done well, a monochromatic palette can be elevated and chic yet warm and snug—and zen. With white as its base, this boudoir applies touches of gray and charcoal for a minimal mix that will stand the test of time.
Space It Out
Douglas Friedman/Trunk Archive
This room is a visual representation of the feeling you get in a zen space. To mimic this at home, create white space between the pieces so the room can breathe and you can literally go with the flow.
Add a Parisian Touch
Alyssa Rosenheck for Oxford Exchange Design
For the grand finale, add a touch of Parisian flair with a wire canopy bed frame. This luxe look is the epitome of chic and creates a zen bedroom you'll want to dwell in for hours on end. Who wouldn't want to read all day in here?
This story was originally published on January 21, 2017, and has since been updated.