9 #ExpertTips By Melange Studio On Creating Zen Homes To Cope With Fast Living

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Your home is your refuge from the hustle-bustle of the real world and that's why it's essential to create a peaceful and comforting environment for oneself. The space we live in plays a crucial role in providing a safe, pleasant and relaxed mood that stimulates self-introspection and feelings of positivity and happiness.

We talked to The Melange Studio,  an architecture and interior design firm located in South Delhi. Founded in 2020, the studio is headed by three very talented individuals (Anjali, Pranvi, and Dhruv) who hold specialisations in different fields of architecture and together aim to create memorable spatial experiences. They believe that design is about more than meeting people’s needs, which certainly can be seen in their work.

Keep reading for tips by these experts on how to create a zen environment in your home to cope with all the strains and stresses of the fast life!

Tip 1: Declutter And Eliminate

The first principle of creating a zen space is to declutter your surroundings and only keep the essential objects, those that bring you comfort - automatically calming your mind. This includes concealing all electronic devices and wires and avoiding open storage spaces inside the bedrooms.

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Tip 2: Make Monotone Color Palette Your New BFF

Choosing a minimal zen interior is all about using warm and earthy colour tones in the maximum amount. Colours like warm grey, beige and ivory white on walls, ceiling and floors make the space look enlarged in volume and at the same time add warmth to it. For elements of surprise play with contrasts like adding deeper tones in small amounts using cushions, table lamps and decorative elements. The right balance of texture and tactility in a space can create a positive and personalised experience. Use tactile materials like wood veneers, textured wallpapers, natural fabrics and carpets to evoke sensory stimulation.

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Tip 3: Choose Your Patterns Wisely

Heavily patterned fabric, wallpaper or carpets and rugs don't suit this look, feel and experience. Think plain and simple, although different textures can be used to add to the overall finished look. This would mean choosing colours of the same family - wall finish in the same colour tone of surrounding walls and wallpaper patterns that are subtle, not too loud in terms of pattern, monotone bed covers and playing with different textures rather than different patterns add playfulness in the spaces while still maintaining the calm and soothing quotient.

A rather cool thing to do is using self on self patterns which means creating patterns in fabrics by using different stitching methods, folding methods or different materials like sequins. This way you avoid direct print of pattern and still manage to add that something extra. For furniture pieces, doors and floors it's recommended to use a maximum of 2 types of wood or laminate shades, this creates a sense of familiarity and harmony. 

But if you really want to sneak a little pattern into your room or home, a touch of the simple geometric pattern should not be too far off the theme.

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Tip 4: Softness Underfoot - Flooring Options

Since a major portion of the floor is always visible to the eye, to create a zen space the flooring colour must be as light and bright as possible. Like the colour of an oak wood floor with bright furniture pieces or a red teak floor with bright furniture upholstered pieces. One should opt for soft flooring options like wood or placing carpets and rugs, making the floor movement more seamless for people, especially for children who tend to use the floor space actively for playing, colouring and reading. The natural origin of wood makes it a warm and comforting material that provides the freedom to use the whole floor space comfortably. 

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Tip 5: Clean Straight Line And Sleek Furniture

Choosing multi-functional, sleek and less bulky furniture pieces in the same colour combination as either side table or any other light colour inside the bedroom can create functionality while making the space less cluttered, more breathable and harmonious. Adding study tables have become common post-covid due to the rise in WFH settings, so what we're saying is that opting for a clean and structured study table should be the aim rather than getting the biggest and bulkiest one out there.

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Tip 6: Tranquil Bathroom With Dark Interiors

While it's right that light & earthy colours contribute to creating a relaxed home, darker interiors can also give the same vibe, especially for small spaces like your bathroom. Going with a monochromatic palette, deeper coloured marble on the floor and walls and tactile accents in the bathroom can give it an upscale look, a calm vibe and a retreat place to guiltlessly hang out in.

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Tip 7: Exploring Natural Materials For Wardrobes

Wicker (a natural material) is a versatile material that can be used in multiple ways, it's also known as rattan and has recently made a comeback in the world of interior design. An all-natural material evokes a feeling of being close to nature. Just replicating wicker wardrobe shutters can be a game-changer for your whole bedroom vibe. Wicker can also be used in your furniture, accent lighting or decorative objects.

Also Read: 11 wicker & rattan brands we're obsessed with.

Tip 8: Using Curves To Your Advantage

In general, curves in space are an indication of a lack of threat to humans. Using curved endings from walls to ceilings creates an optical illusion that surfaces seamlessly fade into each other and are thereby very calming to the eye. You can adopt a similar curved scheme in various ways for your home - using arched openings, curved furniture or even curved ceiling designs - throughout your residence would make it subtly stand out and create an experience of serenity. 

Tip 9: Twist Your Way To 'Go Green'

Adding indoor plants increases oxygen in the interior space, however, that is not the only way to create a zen interior experience. With less strain to perceive the colour green, one can always choose to add nature-inspired artworks or even green upholstery in furniture and cushions in the space and create an aesthetically pleasing and grounding area. 

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