5 Zen Apartment Decor Ideas to Boost Peace and Tranquility

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Spending your day hunched over a desk, squinting into the harsh light of a computer screen, and trying desperately to block out your colleagues’ erratic chatter takes a toll on your stress levels. Home should be a place to relax and unwind—and it all starts with your interior design.

Consider redesigning your home with the art of Zen in mind. This approach embraces meditation and reflection, and it’s one of the quickest ways to turn your living space into the ultimate recovery spot.

If you’ve just moved into a new home, follow these four tips to make sure you find tranquility in every room:

1. Go for Earthy Colors

A short walk in nature is a quick way to beat depression. It boosts your mood, bolstering the activity of endorphins in your brain.

It’s time to bring those benefits into your home. Ditch the bright tones and go for natural earthly colors. Think muted greens, light browns, quarry grays, and shades of beige.

This is the secret to striking the chords of chromatic harmony. Get it right, and your whole house will be singing.

2. Keep Decorations to an Absolute Minimum

We know you’ve inherited boxes and boxes of your grandmother’s novelty glass sculptures, but being sentimental is just going to hurt your head. Keep it simple and follow these rules:

  • Avoid collections of photos or paintings
  • Stick to only one ornament per surface
  • Ditch complex decorations in favor of simple shapes

When it comes to Zen decorating, minimalism is your best friend.

3. Enhance Your Home with Natural Scents

The art of Zen isn’t just about what you can see. Finding tranquility also involves your schnoz. 

Invest in soy or beeswax candles, and light them as soon as you get home. The right aroma will not only lift your spirits but also will help you calm down after a stressful day at the office.

Want to add to the effect? Use a homemade linen spray or essential oils on your fabrics. Certain scents, such as lavender, can help you fall asleep.

4. Populate Your Rooms with Plants

According to Freshome, plants have a calming effect on your mood, and it’s not just because of their soothing green colors. Pick the right flora and your home will be swimming with an abundance of oxygen and a new chorus of tranquil floral scents.

The trick here is to pick low-maintenance planters. We recommend bonsai trees or hanging terrariums, both of which have become staples of Zen décor.

5. Invest in Simple Furniture

When it comes to furniture, avoid the bells and whistles; you’re looking for simple and clear lines. Buy furniture made from natural materials—bamboo and oak are the big winners here—and emphasize comfort above all else.

Looking for a space to make your own? Find your slice of Zen in Tenleytown, Washington, D.C. 


Take a tour of our luxury Tenley View apartments to discover your new home. This peaceful neighborhood will provide the perfect backdrop to your indoor tranquility. Call 202-969-8494 to learn more.

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