My Dream Home: Minimalist Zen with a Japanese Flavor
As I was making my dream book some time ago, I started thinking about what kind of house I would like to own and live in. So I did some research and found that I gravitated towards minimalist and zen interior designs with a hint of Japanese flavor. But just what is minimalism and zen interior design? They're the same, aren't they?
Although some people think both styles of interior decorating are the same, they actually are not. Minimalist Interior Design focuses on freeing a house from things that are not necessary in order to give it a tidy, organized, and clutter-free look. Zen Interior Design, on the other hand, is all about turning a home into a place of sanctuary where one can experience soothing tranquility and escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
I like both of them for the following reasons:
It’s more relaxing.
This kind of home contains only the bare necessities. In it you’ll find only a few essential pieces of furniture such as a couch, a bed, a dresser, a working table or desk and the like. It is uncluttered and so being in it relaxes the eyes and calms the soul.
It looks classier and more elegant.
Dominated by subdued colors with just a bit of bright color, it exudes quiet elegance and sophistication. Earth colors such as green, brown, and blue which are often used in zen interior design also contribute to the atmosphere of pure balance.
It reflects my preference for simplicity.
I value simplicity in all aspects of my life. I buy and keep only the things that I need. I prefer plain colored clothes over those with wild prints. The only piece of jewelry I wear is my wedding ring. (Yes, my ears have never been pierced.) And so a simply designed home fits my personality well.
It’s easier to clean.
This, to me, is one of the biggest attractions of a minimalist home. Since there aren’t so many things in it, it’s much easier to clean! I have to confess, I absolutely hate doing household chores and would rather have a maid do it for me. But with a minimalist home, I’d probably be able to handle the cleaning myself (I think… Hehe… ^_~).
It helps maintain a healthy state of mind, body and soul.
Okay, so this is the true benefit of a zen home. By having a place to be truly at peace after a hard day’s work, one is able to recharge the spirit and re-energize the body. Coming home would truly be like going to heaven when you have a zen home, especially when your husband or wife greets you lovingly with a smile as you arrive.
Tadaima. ^_^ (A Japanese expression meaning "I'm back!" said upon returning to one's home.)
Okaeri. ^_^ (Welcome home.)