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.)
Susan Ng Yu (author) on January 23, 2021:
It really isn't my design, but thanks!
Eric Ramos on June 13, 2020:
Zen it like it is! Total Entertainment Center. Home Theater. I am borrowing your dining table design. Antiquing in Copper oxidize with patina. Good Job! Susan Yu R Zennific!!!
Jaspal Singh from India / Australia on June 05, 2020:
Nicely designed house.
Michelle on September 08, 2018:
Do you know where I can get that living room set?
Berta on August 16, 2015:
I have that dining room table now I need the buffet table
KenWu from Malaysia on July 17, 2012:
I do love the minimalistic concept of Zen. Sometimes all we need is the 'clean and less' compacted living space for it provides more space for relaxation and contemplation. Less is more!
Susan Ng Yu (author) on March 29, 2012:
Hi, sgbrown. :) My current home is also stuffed with things from the past, a lot of them I haven't used in a long time. I'm definitely going to have to do some rethinking soon. :)
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 29, 2012:
I love your dream home! Very clean lines and neutral colors. This would be so relaxing. Less clutter just makes the room look "cleaner". My house is stuffed with stuff I find that I like, but then I have to find someplace to put it. I really like your "look" here. I may have to re-think some of my "stuff". :)
Susan Ng Yu (author) on March 29, 2012:
Hi, christianoalves. Thank you for your comment. This is how Google Translate translated it:
"Think about the most popular decorative styles from the world of today, ie, the serene Japanese minimalism, the elegant simplicity of a residence SHAKER, the atmosphere cozy and homely country style and the welcoming warmth of a rustic cabin madeira.À first sight, these styles seem to build worlds apart, however, on closer inspection, one realizes that there is anything in common between them: a deep love and abundant use of natural materials.
If you are still thinking that their house is bare and soulless, try to check the materials that were placed nela.Os plastics and synthetics may seem ideal and easy to clean, but they are basically dead materials.
By touching a plastic, you'll never feel the softness in the hands and the heat that wood offers.
By extending the voluptuously a carpet of pure cotton caimento.E notice the difference even plastic flowers can Add active a touch more color to the environment, they lack the subtle energy of life and a vase with real flowers.
Anyway, when we take nature into the house, inundamo us health and blessings from the outside world, and it ends up highlighting the distinctions between himself and the rest of nóis criação.São attitudes like this that put us in touch simple and direct with the Earth and the Heavenly Father"
christianoalves on March 28, 2012:
Pense a respeito dos estilos decorativos mais populares do mundo de hoje em dia, ou seja, o minimalismo sereno japonês, a simplicidade elegante de uma residência SHAKER, a atmosfera aconchegante e caseira do estilo country e o calor acolhedor rústico de uma cabana de madeira.À primeira vista, tais estilos parecem construir mundos á parte, contudo, olhando mais de perto, percebe-se que existe alguma coisa em comum entre eles: Um amor profundo e o uso abundante de materiais naturais.
Se você ainda estiver achando que sua casa permanece desnuda e sem alma, procure checar os materiais que foram colocados nela.Os plásticos e os sintéticos podem parecer ideais e de limpeza fácil, mas são fundamentalmente materiais mortos.
Ao tocar um plástico, você nunca sentirá nas mãos a suavidade e o calor que a madeira oferece.
Ao estender a voluptuosamente um tapete de puro algodão perceberá a diferença de caimento.E embora as flores de plástico possam adcionar um toque a mais de cor ao ambiente, elas não possuem a vida e a energia sutil de um vaso com flores verdadeiras.
Enfim, quando levamos a natureza pra dentro de casa, inundamo-nos de saúde e de BENÇÃOS vindas do mundo exterior, e isto acaba evidenciando as distinções entre nóis mesmo e o resto da criação.São atitudes como esta que nos colocam em contato simples e direto com a TERRA e com o PAI CELEstial
Susan Ng Yu (author) on March 26, 2012:
Thanks, PhotoTljn7. Yes, it would save a lot of time and effort to plan first. :)
Susan Ng Yu (author) on March 26, 2012:
Thank you, cloverleaffarm. I will keep on dreaming. And I'll take a look at that hub of yours for more inspiration. You have a great day as well. :)
PhotoTljn7 from United States on March 25, 2012:
Susan I really enjoyed your article. It is definitely a good idea to known your personal style décor before you start purchasing pieces.
Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on March 25, 2012:
Cleaner lines means less mental anxiety. Too much "clutter" is uneasy for the mind. I really enjoyed reading this, and hope that you someday buy or build your dream home. I love the zen style, and did both my bathroom (did a hub on that), and one of our guest bedrooms. Still working on a hub for that one. Have a great day, and keep on dreaming.
Susan Ng Yu (author) on March 24, 2012:
I welcome you to visit my dream home anytime, Teacher Michelle, but right now it's still in my head. Hehe. :) I'd like to see what kind of house your dream home is as well. I imagine it would be zen with all the energies of nature flowing together in harmony. :)
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 24, 2012:
I enjoyed reading all about your dream home tich Susan. Loved the photos and the reasons for having a zen kind of home. Yes less things, less dust indeed. Now I wonder what kind of a dream home I would want for myself? One of these days I better visualize too. ;) Voted beautiful!