Turn up the zen with our guide to creating your ultimate relaxation retreat at home.
Whether you’re reeling from one of those days or simply need some me time, carving out a sacred space dedicated to you is the ideal way to relax, unwind and refocus.
A zen zone is a nurturing nook in your home created for you to fill up your cup, be it through reading, meditating, playing music or practising yoga.
Here’s how to set up and style a peaceful place primed for relaxation.
That’s the spot
Finding the right location is essential in setting the serene tone. First, think about how you’re going to use the space. Will you need room for a yoga mat and its accompanying poses, or will a comfy chair and bookshelf suffice?
Be sure your chosen space is quiet with minimal interruptions. While it should be private, there’s no need for your zen zone to be a dedicated, closed-door room. Thinking outside the box can land you a sun-drenched window nook, unused attic or tucked-away walk-in robe.
Begin by taking everything out of your designated area. You’re aiming for a clean and composed space which is aesthetically flowing and ready to naturally soothe.
Built-in storage containers are a clever way to keep mess to a minimum, while still allowing your breathing room to feel expansive.
Think of your zen zone as an extension of your mind, and try to keep it clutter-free by regularly removing items you’re not using – phones and laptops included.
Now comes the fun part. This is your space, and your opportunity to emanate your personal style – no collaboration required.
If you’re giving your area a facelift, choose paint colours based on the mood you’d like to exude. Orange and yellow encourage creativity and productivity, while greens, blues and lavender will evoke a feeling of peace and serenity.
Comfort is key considering the hours you’ll be spending in your heavenly haven. You’ll need an inviting place to sit or stretch, be it a chair, couch or rug. Consider adding cushions to increase the cosy and a chunky knit throw so you stay snug.
Fill your space with meaningful items that make you feel happy, relaxed and energised.
A framed photo of a special place you’ve travelled or your favourite artwork can open your heart and direct you towards a world of self-love.
Add life – and breathe easier – with a selection of indoor and hanging plants. Peace lilies, mother-in-law’s tongue and the fruit salad plant (monstera deliciosa) are lush yet low-maintenance, affording you more free time to focus on yourself.
Finish off by setting the mood with a soft glow through dimmer lights, a Himalayan salt lamp or a collection of your favourite scented candles.
Now your serene scene is set, it’s a good idea to kindly let your loved ones know not to disturb you while you’re in your zen zone. And remember that self-care is anything but selfish. You’re making time for yourself so you can be more present for everyone else, too.
Create, then honour, a ritual each time you enter your oasis. You might light a candle, make a special Spotify playlist, diffuse essential oils or brew a cup of herbal tea. By making a habit of this, you’re slowly training your brain to naturally unwind when you enter your zen zone.
Now all that’s left to do is breathe – and bliss out – in your solo sanctuary.