Design pros weigh in on the essential elements of a home meditation space to get your year off to a Zen start
“If you have a spot, it’s just a reminder that it is not only OK to let go of that stress but that it’s important to let go of the stress,” says Ketti Kupper, principal at landscape firm Ketti Kupper Conscious Life Design. “Our minds are just busy running along and we need things that remind us to recalibrate.”
Here, Kupper and three other wellness-focused design pros on Houzz share their insight into how homeowners and pros can create their own om-tastic oases.
A huge house isn’t necessary to carve out a peaceful place, but ideally, the spot you pick will feature some degree of privacy.
“Spaces that are away from the most heavily trafficked areas are best for meditation,” says designer Rob Esterley of Sacred Living interior design. “The whole idea is to know that the space is always ready to be enjoyed and that upon entering it the energy shift occurs instantly.”
That might mean identifying an upstairs bathroom as sometimes off-limits to kids or other family members with a lock and a “Do Not Disturb” sign, or it might just mean sectioning off a guest room with a folding divider or clearing a roomy out-of-the-way closet for the task. If your space is outdoors, that same sense of secluded shelter or protection can feel comforting. Kupper says she’s installed features like glass windbreaks for past clients who wanted a special outdoor space but needed an additional buffer against the elements.
Any relaxation space needs at least a place to comfortably sit or lie down, though the pros say it’s smart not to crowd it with much else.
“A cluttered space clutters the mind,” says interior designer Deborah DiMare of DiMare Design.
A simple cozy chair, floor cushion or collection of pillows can anchor the space. Elsewhere, keep distractions to a minimum. Feng shui specialist and designer Carole Shashona of Carole Shashona Modern Designs suggests skipping mirrors, strenuous workout equipment, harsh lighting or colors, electronics and even family photos in a meditation space, as they can steal focus from the decompressing the room is designed for.
Keeping the space tidy is also essential. Esterley compares the importance of an organized space to the experience of entering a well-appointed hotel room: “One is instantly relaxed and calmer knowing there are fresh linens, towels and all the surfaces are clean,” he says.