Modern life is hectic and stressful, so having a place to truly relax is an increasingly important part of home design. If you have the space, dedicating a small room entirely to meditation and quiet reflection is an excellent way to ensure you have the right atmosphere in which to unwind and de-stress. Otherwise, it's good to devote at least an area of a quiet room to this purpose.
Whatever the size of your relaxing space, it's important to create the right ambience to experience the full effect. Here's what you should think about when crafting your meditation area so you can plan the whole look before you begin painting and redecorating.
There's been a great deal written about the psychology of colour, and it has a lot of relevance here. Blue is one of the colours most often associated with a relaxing feeling, but it's important to get the shade right. Go for pale blue paint, perhaps with a greyish tint if you like the way it looks. Avoid bright, brash colours, as they can be too distracting.
Alternatively, you could achieve a warm, earthy look with a mix of pale and dark browns. Paint the majority of the walls in lighter shades and accent them with touches of bolder brown. You can also get assistance from residential house painters that can advise you on what colors to choose and how to paint the walls to be aesthetically pleasing.
Medium natural wood is best for a relaxing room. Keep it simple and minimal – you don't need excessive storage space, just somewhere to keep the space tidy and store any essential items out of sight. A small chest of drawers is ideal, perhaps with a single shelf.
Because you don't want clutter or too many distractions, these should be minimal, but include one or two items that mean something to you. If you're spiritual, select some meaningful wooden statues or carvings.
You want the simple colours of the painted walls to come through, but a small tapestry or hanging painting can be a welcome addition as long as it won't overcrowd the area. A handmade ethnic tapestry of the 'om' symbol is ideal for a meditation room if it's meaningful to you.
If you like to have incense or candles while you relax or meditate, make sure you have somewhere to burn them safely. Include plain, simple wooden holders, and keep some matches handy so you don't have to go hunting for them.
Don't forget about somewhere to sit or lie. Meditation cushions are small, comfortable and perfect for the job. They come in all sorts of colours, so matching one to the colours of the room should be no problem.