Furnishing the bathroom in a Zen style

Furnishing the bathroom in a Zen style

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The termZen it means many things but can be described (simplistically) as an approach to Buddhism born in Japan. It is known for its essentiality, so much so that its basic characteristics are minimalism and abstraction.

Among the creations Zen the most famous in the collective imagination are the gardens, the paintings made with a single brushstroke and verses of poems.

To bring a touch ofZen in our life it is possible to make use of that philosophy for furnish home. In terms of home furnishings, of great interest is thezen bathroom furniture.


The basic rules for decorate the house in a zen style are dictated by the four points listed below and explained in more detail in the text of this page.

  • Recalls Japanese culture
  • Avoid regular motifs
  • Honor nature
  • Eliminate the superfluous

Fordecorate the bathroom in a zen styleit is possible to exploit the origins of this philosophy: sinceZenis synonymous withJapanese culture,the addition of Japanese artifacts could evoke the Zen approach.

For furnish a bathroom(but also a house) in styleZen, the first thing to do is to add a Shoji screen, both as a closet door and as a bathroom entrance door.

Another essential precaution is the bathtub: we Westerners are used to narrow and long bathtubs while for a Zen and oriental approach a square and deep bathtub would be better.


The ideal would be a tub high enough to allow you to immerse the entire body, in terms of construction this would involve "burying" the tub in the floor or having it raised on a platform accompanied by a few steps. In the latter case, you can use natural stone or cedar wood as a coating capable of evoking the typical tubsonsenexpected to be found in a Japanese hot spring.

Natural elements are of crucial importance in Zen bathroom furnishings. The purpose of philosophyZenit is calming the mind and lifting it up to something larger like the nature around us.

A window is the most obvious way to prune nature in the bathroom, however not everyone enjoys a magnificent view of the mountains, the sea and the prairies ... at best, the bathroom overlooks the green park of the condominium! If the bathroom doesn't have a view available, bamboo and bonsai are the most obvious natural elements to reinforce the Japanese theme. A'ikebanawith local flowers and seasonal shrubs will be more than enough.

Nature is irregular and beautiful at the same time. Avoid square tiles or any element arranged with some regularity. Zenit's just a white wall or a large window. If you really don't have windows and you hate white walls, a valid alternative to tiles is natural stone cladding.


Make room and enhance it: eliminate any superfluous element! The clutter of Japanese artifacts can also damage the spirit Zen, so pay close attention when choosing. Mirrors and windows increase our perception of space. Also eliminate the chandelier by adding LED lighting integrated into the mirrors and ceiling.

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