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10 Bedrooms That Encourage Calm

August 14, 2019

In accordance with sleep specialists and the practice of sleep hygiene, bedrooms must be uncluttered and free of distractions, including a workspace or TV. What better place to look for this kind of simplicity and restfulness than in Zen- and – Japanese-inspired design?

Even if Japanese design doesn’t appeal to you, there are components we can steal to reevaluate any fashion. You will find the more obvious features of Japanese design, like shoji screens, platform beds, bamboo mats and blossoming branches. And there are the subtler components — a focus on symmetry, the colour black and organic substances — that aid simplicity but don’t read as themed.

Here are 10 Zen-inspired bedrooms, a number of them apparently Japanese in style and a number of them maybe not. All of them are as easy, relaxed and peaceful as a profound sigh.

West Chin Architects & Interior Designers

Modern Zen. This bedroom also has touches of glamour and opulence. The substances, bedspread, thick carpeting and formal drapes give it a romance and warmth not usually associated with Japanese design.


This is another illustration of Zen. It borders cell-like, but the warmth of the wood saves it gives it a crisp elegance.

A more obvious Japanese-style room with bamboo mats, shoji screens and sconces. Even with no obvious clues, the elemental ingredients are here: symmetry, clean lines, natural materials and a whole absence of clutter.


This bedroom exudes a plusher traditional style with all the simplicity and charm of Zen style. The outcomes are comfy but uncluttered.

Laidlaw Schultz architects

This can be hot Zen. Simple Japanese design doesn’t mean moving completely simple and adornment free. There is room for colour and pattern as long as it’s minimal.

Ryland Peters & Small | CICO Books

French flea market meets Zen master. The real bits don’t have anything to do with Zen or Japanese style, but the arrangement and the colour scheme take their cue not from the provenance of the furniture but by the notion of calm simplicity. I really like this room.

Tracery Interiors

These wood-paneled walls may have so easily led to a cabin-by-the-lake style with colorful wool blankets and oars as decoration. Rather the room is Zen.

Design Within Reach

Another Zen-inspired area that may almost have a turn for the harsh but for the warmth of the wood, the soft colors of the painting and the toasty beige wall.

Moore Architects, PC

Sunny, modern California Zen (except it happens to be in D.C.). This easy and uncluttered area is made cheerful with sun and hot wood.


I adore this eclectic take on Japanese simplicity. Here we find symmetry, a hint of shoji screens in the lampshades, sculptural branches around the bedspread and an overall relaxing and uncluttered feeling.

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