If your work day is anything like mine, it’s got more deadlines, distractions and near disasters than you can shake a stick at. By day’s end, is it any wonder we human hamsters-on-a-wheel yearn to escape somewhere -anywhere- that’s calm and soothing? This yen for Zen is everywhere and is easier to achieve than you may think. Here’s how the pros do it and you can, too.
Less is more decor
Lots of clutter creates visual noise. In the foyer above, designer Vincente Wolf opens the door to stylish serenity by accessorizing with just a handful of nature-inspired pieces (a trademark Asian design element) that also double as sculpture. The effect is dramatic and cool.
One–just one–focal point
Tempting as it may be to shine the spotlight on several pieces of favorite decor, resist the urge and go with the one with the most wow. In this Hamptons den, it’s the large decorative Asian fragment that’s installed as art.
Clean lines only
The simple silhouettes of the cabinetry, island, barstools and vent hood lend this California kitchen its serene sensibility.
Order –both on the inside and outside – is delivered in spades with this Veramonte Chest from the Mélange Collection. Inside, the chest features an adjustable shelf, double drawers and a pair of removable wine racks.
Carved into the Mélange Veramonte chest veneer doors are two large circles, a classic Zen symbol of enlightenment that also adds a modernist decorative touch.
Freestanding wood frames
The Ludlow Fretwork bed is a trendy spin on soji screens–a classic design element in Asian homes.
Light & airy
With its open shelf base, the Palisade Two Drawer nightstand creates lots of visual air which makes the room feel larger and less cluttered.
Whatever your favorite design point-of-view is, these tips work. So Zen up, then sit down. It’s time to relax and reboot in style.