A comfortable room will do just as much good for our mind and soul as it does for our body, particularly when we’ve considered some creative meditation room ideas to give it a special flare of tranquility, peace, and emotional welfare.
Not that many people are familiar with the benefits of meditation rooms, or believe meditation room décor is not easy to plan, but we gathered a list of interesting tips that can prove the opposite.
Why wouldn’t you devote some meditation space to reducing stress and connecting with higher powers? We all need that here and there, and meditation room design is the best way to achieve it.
DIY meditation room – why do we need it?
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Desks and traditional offices rarely remind of something different than meeting deadlines and paying bills. Kitchens impose the obligation to cook or maintain a healthy diet.
Meditation rooms, nevertheless, remind us that we have to forget about that, and let go of stress.
Feng Shui is not the only design concept that neutralizes the negative influence of our surroundings, and at the same time, it won’t work for people aware of the interference of technology who despite of it choose to fall asleep with the TV on.
Stillness is associated both with our activities and our energy, and we have to think of design ideas that will actually help us neglect everything else, and focus on ourselves.
The essential physical benefits of meditating
Meditation evokes a long chain of cell reactions in our body that provide extra prana (energy), and help us feel peaceful, happy, and enthusiastic during the entire day.
It is a great tip for lonely, sad, and depressed people, who fall in similar conditions due to traumatic experiences and aging.
How to make a meditation room
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More often than rare, meditation time will be the only time we genuinely devote to ourselves, and we should try whatever tactic to make it more special.
Experienced yoga practitioners and meditation fans know space won’t mean that much, but would still like a private getaway where they can devote completely to this relaxing experience.
Making meditation more exciting won’t hurt, and will on top of that provide us with a cool room for taking naps or spending quality free time.
Professional tips for designing meditation rooms
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At the end of the day, the location won’t really matter. You can pick whatever room or part of a room, but try to place it in a northeast corner, as this is the religiously auspicious nature of this side.
Tias Little, on the other hand, would recommend you southeast corners due to the amount of morning sunlight for after-sleep meditation.
The first task is to define the purpose of the room: will it be your private meditation haven, or a room everybody can use to seek serenity and clarity?
Once you know this, it will be easier to determine the area and decide which type of meditation room furniture to bring inside.
Secondly, be precise about the space. Some of us are lucky enough to have rooms with large windows and amazing soothing water/lush greenery views, but if that’s not the case, you will be in charge of making that corner fantastic.
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Obviously, thinking of your own scenic setting will require more creativity and décor skills than usual, but that shouldn’t be difficult for thinkers and experienced meditation fellows, who can find inspiration even in a single poster.
Once you have the place, put ideas together, and start decorating. The custom trend is minimalism, as it ensures there will be minimal distractions for the person spending time in that room.
Browsing the internet will show you people opt for simple settings with Buddha images, scented candles, and comfy pillows, and that they care a lot about light moderations.
Our best tip, however, is to think of who you are and what you like the most, and pick only those ideas that will make you feel is if you were in another universe rather than your home.
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Remember, however, that meditation rooms are small, and have to be maximally clutter-free to keep you focused on meditation.
It is you who has to ensure there will be nothing to impact your experience.
On top of that, bring nature inside. The entire meditation concept rests on human-nature connections, which is why you shouldn’t skip balancing with lovely flowers, plants, water shells and features.
Nature will be your most valuable source of inspiration.
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When handling the light issue, make sure there is a dimmer switch or a remote that can help you control it, and try to illuminate with warm solutions, such as sconces, lamps, and candles.
Then, think of the things that calm you the most, such as music. Music will be critical if you live in a relatively noise-polluted area, and can’t afford the same peace and serenity a country house can offer.
Needless to say, meditation music should be played quietly, with the volume adjust just as high as necessary to defeat noise distractions. Nature inspired sounds will also do for the purpose, such as singing birds or water fountains.
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Unless you have as much meditation time available as you wish, make sure there is a timer which will control your meditation time, and keep this habit of yours consistent and discipline.
According to Lasater, regularity is the key to successful meditation, and we all know what a role model he is.
Think meditation even when you paint, because your serenity room can’t afford bold sensory objects and sticking palettes. If the mood is peaceful and soothing, so should be the colors.
Looking for color advice, we came across many opinions in favor of neutral and pastel shades, which recommend avoiding dark tones for relaxing purposes.
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Sounds counterintuitive, but dark palettes do have their calming moment, and can make the room feel homey and comfortable.
The place should always be maintained fresh and airy, filled with a beautiful aroma to invoke an even more beautiful energy.
You can use any sort of sprays, candles, or aromatic oils for the purpose. Just pick the scent you like, and the job will be done.
Once again, clutter is simply something meditation rooms cannot handle. For a maximally good experience, remove all unnecessary stuff from the room, and keep it clean even when you’re not using it.
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As it is your room, make it about you. It will calm you down, and sooth your soul even more with all chimes and bells you recognize and admire.
As an example, we can suggest beads, crystals, affirmation stones, Buddha statues/paintings, or any other calming artwork that comes in a recognizable shape and color.
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Once you go in there, forget about technology. A meditation room is a private area, and no rules apply there, but you should be aware there is no effect to meditate surrounded by electronic devices, unless it is your music player.
When you’re inside, calls, emails, and social networks simply stop existing, and there is no justifiable excuse for bringing them inside.
The same applies for TVs, which may be your favorite type of relaxation, but won’t really support all efforts you’ve invested in your fabulous meditation room.
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Meditation rooms ought to be designed simply, but that’s exactly where the biggest challenge lies – the factors to consider are difficult to control, such as discovering a quiet corner in a noisy area, or balancing light in rooms with installed light fixtures.
We believe, however, that our directions were good enough to help you stay in control of this thing. The main rule is to avoid distractions.
Now that we’ve warned you about how complicated meditation room design can be, we ought to tell you it is also one of the most entertaining and self-fulfilling design processes you will ever go through.
The experience will be even more memorable for people with dedicated meditation space, as they are just beginning to construct their own fantastic sanctuary.
Remember: the ultimate purpose of creating meditation rooms is to have a place where you can relax and think about yourself.
Thereof, the room should be relaxing in every aspect, considering the palette, lights, aroma, and accessories you’ve chosen.
Proper meditation design will ensure you have all necessary conditions to relax, and that you will be doing something good for your body and mind on regular basis. That’s what meditation is all about.