If you like minimalist interiors, lots of thinking space and a calm neutrality, then zen-inspired interior design could be the 2019 trend for you. It’s all about creating a calm oasis in your home, so neutral colours or shades of green or blue, minimal, non-fussy ornamentation, simple furniture and clean lines.
How to create a zen-inspired interior
A zen-inspired interior will feel uncluttered, and there should be room for energy to flow from one room to the next. The Japanese are considered the experts at this style of interior, and there’s a definite Japanese influence to some of the picks we’ve found. A zen-inspired interior will make maximum use of natural light and materials, and use plants to create focal points.
Having the right storage is a critical element of this design trend, as everything needs to be as tidy and uncluttered as possible so there’s nothing for the eyes to ‘snag’ on. Start by painting walls in a neutral colour, and if possible removing floor coverings to reveal bare boards. If you do need to put a carpet down, then consider a natural fibre such as hemp. Ornaments should be kept to a minimum, and storage should be concealed rather than open plan. To help complete the look in your home, take a look at our furniture and accessories picks for a zen-inspired interior.
Papilio white reversible duvet cover and pillowcases, Dunelm
Budget high street retailer Dunelm has really run with the zen trend and has inexpensive accessories from light shades to tableware. We like this polycotton duvet set, which comes with pillowcases. in soft blues and greens, it has a pattern of bamboo and is reversible so you can change the look. Prices start at £18 for the single set, from Dunelm.
Zen reactive glaze bowl, Dunelm
Also from Dunelm is this glazed bowl, perfect for sipping your herbal tea as you gaze at the sunset! it’s hand-thrown and made from earthenware with an embossed finish. Although it looks very handmade, it is dishwasher safe. £4, available from Dunelm.
Zen dining table, Danetti
Made from oak with a high gloss top, this dining table seats six and incorporates clean, contemporary lines with the use of natural materials on the legs. Clean and crisp looking, it will reflect the light and the slight splaying effect on the legs means you’ll see lots of space under it. Was £289, now £219, available from Danetti.
Rocks cushions, Perkins & Morley
One of a range, this Balanced Upwards cushion was inspired by UK rock formations. You can choose from linen or faux suede for the cover, which is made in the UK, and it’s available with or without a pad. Prices start at £24.99 from Perkins & Morley.
Georg stool in oak, Skagerak
Designed by Chris Liljenberg Halstrom, this sleek stool is made from a combination of wood, wool and leather and combines clean, simple lines with functionality. Use it as an occasional chair, or keep it in the hallway for when you’re putting shoes on. £239, available from Cloudberry Living.
Hairpin dining chair in elm wood and metal, Cult Furniture
This simple, minimalistic chair is designed so you’ll see lots of space under and around it for an airy feel. Although it looks delicate, it’s sturdy enough to be used every day and has a comfortable moulded plywood seat. £89, available from Cult Furniture.
To finish the look, use lightweight and airy window coverings wherever possible to let as much light in as possible, and don’t forget the importance of scent in creating atmosphere – a scented candle or oil burner will help create the right ambience.2